The Different Bets on a Roulette Table

For those that are learning the game of Roulette, it can appear a little daunting at first, as there are so many different numbers and bets. It does take a bit of learning, but once you have a better understanding of all the individual bets on a Roulette table then everything will start to make a lot more sense, and you will be able to play the game with more confidence.

So to help you get a better understanding of what all of the different bets on a Roulette table are, we have decided to break them all down for you individually. Then you will be able to read and understand all of our articles on the many different Roulette strategies we have documented on this site.

If you play European or French Roulette, then you will find there are some additional bets added to the game as to what you will find on the American Roulette game. We will cover those in this article too, so you will be well prepared for any version of Roulette that you want to play.

Outside Bets

So we will start off by teaching you about the outside bets on a Roulette table. These are the bets located outside of the numbers on the layout. Here is a breakdown of the different outside bets you will find on a Roulette table:

Even money bets:

These bets pay even money (if you bet £10 and win, then you will be paid £10), and they offer slightly less than a 50% chance of winning. The percentage is reduced, as if the ball lands on Zero (and Double Zero on the American game), then you will lose all of these even money bets. If you are playing the European game, then you will only lose half of your bet, so the odds are much better for you if you are playing these bets if you play the European version.

  • Red/Black – You bet on the ball landing on a Red or a Black number
  • Odd/Even – You bet on the ball landing on an Odd or Even number
  • High/Low – You bet on the ball landing on a High (19 to 36) or Low (1 to 18) number


2 to 1 bets:

These bets pay 2 to 1 if they win. So if you bet £10 on one of these bets and it wins, you will receive £20 back. If the ball lands on zero (and double zero on the American game), then all of these bets lose.

  • Dozens – You can bet on any of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd dozens
  • Columns – You can bet on any of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd columns


Inside Numbers

Now we will have a look at the different bets you will find on all of the ‘inside numbers’. These are the 0 to 36 numbers.

Six Line Bet – Pays 5/1

This bet covers six different numbers


Basket Bet – Pays 6/1

This bet covers 0 (and 00 on American Roulette), 1,2 and 3


Corner Bet – Pays 8/1

This bet covers four different numbers


Street Bet – Pays 11/1

This bet covers three different numbers


Split Bet – Pays 17/1

This bet covers two different numbers


Straight up bet – Pays 35/1

This bet covers one number only


Section bets / Neighbour bets (both AKA Call bets)

*These bets are only found on the European and French Roulette games, you will not find them on the American Roulette game. We have a more detailed article on all of these bets here, but this will give you a basic overview of what these bets are and how they work.

Section bets:

On the French and European Roulette wheel, the numbers are configured differently to the American wheel. The French and European wheel is broken down into three different sections, as follows:

  • Tier du cylinder
  • Voisins du zero
  • Orphelins

This image clearly shows what numbers each of these sections are associated with.


Neighbour bets:

A neighbour bet is where a player can call any of the 0 to 36 numbers on the wheel “and the neighbours”. The ‘neighbours’ refers to the two numbers either side of the number called.
An example of this, would be “3 and the neighbours”, and this would refer to the following numbers:

12, 35, 3, 26, 0

This is clearer to see in this image:


So all of these are the many different bets on a Roulette you will find. The best way to actually learn these bets is to start playing the game, and see just how each one works.

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