Go to any casino and the chances that the loudest table with the people having the most fun will have a spinning wheel, several dealers, and mountains of chips spread out across the roulette table.
Part of the reason for the excitement that comes with roulette is that it is a simple game to play. There are no cards to keep track of or complicated payouts for arcane bets. You simply place your bets, watch the wheel spin, and hopefully collect your winnings if your bets come in.
In this article, I will explain how roulette is played, the best roulette bets you can make, the true house edge behind each bet type, as well as optimal strategies you should consider using if you are a serious gambler.
The Best Roulette Bets – Explained
Unlike many other casino games, the variety of roulette bet types in this game make it a flexible game that caters to whatever your gambling personality may be, knowledge of roulette rules, and playing experience.
Inside Roulette Bet
The brave, who believe in the mantra of “no risk, no reward,” can place inside bets that have a 37-1 chance of coming in. Inside bets are to be the most exciting — and nervewracking – bets you can make in roulette. These are also the types of roulette bets most people think of when roulette is mentioned.
Outside Roulette Bet
On the other hand, gamblers who prefer playing it safe by playing for a lower risk bet that returns a lower payout can make outside bets with odds that range 2-1 to nearly even money. These are bets made on the perimeter of the roulette table. These are bets made on groups of numbers or colors, instead of on a specific number.
Straight-up Roulette Bet
The simplest of these bets is called a straight-up bet. Placing a straight-up bet requires you to place your chip in the middle of a number square on the roulette table. This chip is now in play for that specific number only. With 38 potential numbers for the ball to land on, the chances of being able to predict the correct number on the next spin aren’t very high.
Remember: Straight-up bets offer the highest payout on a roulette table
Roulette Split Bet
If you’d like to mitigate your risk while still playing on the inside, you can split your bet between multiple numbers within close proximity. The most common of these bets is called a split bet which is exactly what it sounds like — you are splitting a bet between two numbers.
For example, placing a chip between the numbers 7 and 8 will allow you to have both numbers in play on the next spin. While this doubles your chances of winning your inside bet, it also halves the payout when either of your numbers come in.
Advanced Roulette Bet Types
There are also more exotic bets that allow you to split a single bet between anywhere from 3 to 6 numbers. To cover 3 numbers with a single bet, you can make a street bet or a trio bet.
Street Roulette Bet
A street bet, placed on the outside edge of a horizontal row, covers you for three horizontal numbers (e.g, placing a chip on the left edge of the 1 square will give you action on 1, 2 and 3).
Trio Roulette Bet
A trio bet is similar in principle — by making the bet on the intersecting point of the triangle that forms either 0, 1, and 2 or 0, 2, and 3, you will be covered for those three numbers with a single bet.
Corner Roulette Bet
Corner bets allow you to split a bet between 4 numbers in a square layout. For example, placing a chip on the intersecting point of 1, 2, 4, and 5 (which, visually, forms a square) gives you action on those 4 numbers. Placing a 5 number bet is more restrictive since the actual bet itself is limited to the physical layout of the table. By putting a chip on the left edge of 0 and 1, you will be taking action on 0, 00, 1, 2, and 3.
Remember: Note that these numbers are the only numbers you can place a 5 number bet on
Six Line Roulette Bet
The six line bet enables you to split a single bet between 6 numbers. You do this by placing a chip on the intersecting point on the outside edge of a horizontal row. Much like the 3 number street bet I mentioned earlier, placing a chip on the point on the left edge of 1 and 4 splits your bet between all the numbers in those two rows — 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.
Red / Black Roulette Bet
Those who are willing to trade higher payouts for lower risk can place outside bets. The simplest outside bets are the even money propositions. These consist of betting on red or black, even or odd, or the high-low bet (betting on which range of numbers — low (1-18) or high (19 to 36) the winning number will fall into).
Roulette Line Bet
A roulette line bet is an outside bet on a roulette table with odds being 5 to 1. You are betting on six numbers based on either side of the line you put your chip on.
Roulette Line Bet Video
Dozen Roulette Bet
It allows you to bet on which group of 12 numbers (1-12, 13-24, or 25-36) the winning number will fall
Column Roulette Bet
Column bets, placed on the very end of a vertical column, give you the opportunity to bet on which column the winning number falls into.
The dozen bet and the column bet round up the list of the best types of roulette bets in our opinion you can make while playing either live or online roulette for real money.
What Kind Of Betting Makes The Most Money?
The winning kind of betting…
However, now that we have all the types of roulette bets explained you can clearly see that some bets have better odds of winning than others. Based on our experience playing online roulette for real money what makes the most money is picking the smart bets based on a proper bankroll management