Roulette Odds Explained

Roulette is a fun game, but to increase your chances of winning, you need to understand the odds. Even playing low stake 20p roulette, understanding your odds allows you to determine whether you'll have a high payout and the kind of risk you're taking. Since the odds are connected to the type of bet you choose, you also need to understand how the different bets work.

Outside Bets

These are the safest bets out of all three because they have higher odds and lower rewards. Because of this, outside bets are usually recommended for inexperienced or beginner gamblers.

Even Money Bets

These bets have the best Roulette odds because they give you a 50/50 chance of winning. You can choose red or black colours, or odd or even numbers. You can also bet on 1-18 or 19-36 for low or high numbers, respectively. In European Roulette, your odds of winning this type of bet are 48.65%, whereas the American odd are 47.37%. They do come with a lower payout rate of 1:1, which means that if you prefer big risks, then you won't find them thrilling.

Column and Dozen Bets

Dozen and column bets allow you to bet on more than 12 numbers. For the column bets, there are three columns, each consisting of twelve numbers. If the ball lands on any of the numbers in a column you bet on, you win. The Roulette odds here are over 30%, which is a little lower than what the even money bets have, but they have a higher payout of 2:1.

Dozen bets work similarly to the column bets. The numbers are grouped in twelves, and you get to bet on any of the groups. For instance, you can bet on 1 to 12, 13 to 24, or 25 to 36. If the balls land on a group you chose, you win. Your odds of winning in French and European roulette is 32.43%, and that on American roulette is 31.58%.

Inside Bets

Unlike the outside bets, the inside bets involve betting on a smaller classification of numbers or single ones. Because of this, the Roulette odds here are lower, but the rewards are higher. The bets here include:

  • Split bets

With this bet, you place your chip between any two numbers out of the 37 numbers on the table. Your odds of winning are nearly 6%, and the payout rate is 7 to 1.

  • Straight

Here you get to bet on one number only and have the lowest roulette odds. Your winning chance is at 2%, but if you do, you get paid 35 to 1.

  • Corner

With an odd of 11%, this bet has a payout of 8 to 1. You can bet on any four numbers so long as form a square. For instance, you can bet on 6,7,8 or 9.

  • Street

This involves betting on a row of numbers such as 19, 20, or 21. The roulette odds here are approximately 11%, with the payout being set at 11:1.

  • Double street

This bet works like the street bet, but you get to bet on 2 rows instead of one. This means you can bet on up to 5 numbers, which reduces risk, and subsequently, the payout. The odds are 16%.

  • Basket

Basket bet is available on American roulette only. With 13% winning odds, you can bet on 0, 00, 1,2, and 3. You'll be paid 6 to 1 if you win.

  • Call bets

Also known as announced or special bets, these are available in the French and European Roulette only. They are:

  • Zero games: also known as "Jeu Zero", this has roulette odds of 19%.
  • Neighbours of zero: this is also called "Voisins du Zero," and it has winning odds of 45%.
  • The orphans: this is also called "Orphelins," and it gives you 22% winning odds.
  • Thirds of the wheel: Tiers du Cylindre gives you 32% chances of winning.
  • Final bet: This bet is also made on European or French Roulette because they don't have double-zero digits. It allows you to bet on the last digit is a number. For instance, if you bet on number 3. Then you're betting on all numbers that end with 3, such as 3, 13, 23, and 33. Roulette odds here are 45%.

Conclusion

Even though some bets give you higher odds of winning, you have to remember that you're playing against the house, and that could make winning more difficult, take a look at our online roulette top tips to help maximise your fun.

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