Have you ever waddled up to a roulette table and asked yourself the following question: “What on earth is going on”? And that’s just on a standard table. If you then fire up one of the newer online games like Great Rhino Roulette on your mobile or laptop, you might be scratching your head even more.
We’ve all been there. I remember visiting the Crown Casino in Melbourne as a strapping young wombat in my 20s. On my way to the Koka restaurant for a spot of sashimi, I sidled past a Roulette table and thought I’d put a flutter on the wheel. In those days, my idea of a Neighbour’s Bet was to try and predict when Scott and Charlene were going to get it together in that Melbourne soap opera with the big hairstyles. Anyway, imagine the look on the croupier’s face when I called out “$100 Orphie Black Combo on Green 17 mate, quick as you like”.
Fair play to her, she rustled up a Voisins du Zero de Ramsey Street bet for me, the ball dropped in zero and it was free tempura and tepenyaki for the rest of the night. Result!
But you needn’t worry about looking like a schmuck on the wheel my little furry Wombat Friends. Oh no. And that’s because, not only are we going to teach you all about the main roulette bets, but you’ll be able to practice your moves right here on Wombat Casinos from the comfort of your own home. You’ll be strutting up to the wheel like Sean Connery in no time.
The Wheel and the Table
First things first- take a look at the wheel and the table. There are 2 main types of wheel- the European Roulette wheel and the American Wheel. They both have 18 black and 18 red numbers on them but the European wheel only has one green zero pocket: the “0”. Head over The Pond to the US and you’ll more than likely see another green pocket opposite the first: the “00” pocket. Confused already? Stick with it, you can always go for a more simple table game like our live mobile baccarat if your head starts to hurt, but don’t worry- it really is pretty simple.
You’ll also notice that the numbers on the wheel aren’t distributed in numerical sequence and the distribution of the numbers on a single zero wheel is different to a double zero wheel. If you are just starting, we’d recommend that you kick off on a European wheel with one zero and get familiar with that one first.
Here’s a 3D European Roulette Wheel We Prepared Earlier
You can play the game here by the way.
Now take a look at the table where you place your chips. These numbers are arranged in a numerical sequence, and they are place in a 12×3 grid giving you your 36 numbers, with the 0 tagged onto the top. So if you bet on groups of numbers on the table, they are not necessarily going to be grouped together on the wheel, but don’t worry as there are a whole load more other bets called the Call Bets which allow you to cover adjacent numbers on the wheel. On European tables, you may also see a slightly different layout on French Roulette. The difference is minimal. We’re going to focus on the standard European table here.
Inside or Outside?
There are 2 main types of bets. You see that 12×3 grid above? Well anything within that plus the 0 is called an Inside Bet (on an individual number for example). These bets tend to cover less then the table (unless of course you sprinkle chips over lots of numbers).
Anything outside is called an Outside Bet (easy, right?). So a bet on the red diamond above covers all of the red numbers, a bet on “1st” covers the first column of numbers and so on. It’s all pretty self explanatory: we’ll run through them below.
You’ll have the following options:
Individual numbers or Straight-Up Bets
This is self explanatory. Bet 1 chip on a number and if it comes in, you’ll get 36 chips back.
Pay-Out: 35:1 (plus your bet back)
A bet on 2 adjacent numbers (on the table) like 8/9. You’d get 18 chips back from a 1 chip winning bet.
A chip placed at the end of a “street” of 3 numbers like 16-17-18 gets you 12 chips from a 1 chip winning bet.
This is a bet on a square of numbers like 16/17/19/20. You’ll get 9 chips back from a 1 chip winning bet.
Six Line Bet
If you place a chip at the end of 6 numbers like 7-8-9-10-11-12 you’ll see 6 bets back from a winning 1 chip bet.
Now you are starting to cover more table.
Five Number Bet
There is also a bet that covers both zeros and the 1, and 3 in American roulette. That would be the Five Number bet.
On a single zero wheel, the equivalent is a 4 number bet.
The Outside Bets
Let’s take a look at these puppies. Outside bets are the zones outside the 12×3 grid that include the even money bets, the columns and the dozens. You probably know all about these as they are the most famous roulette bets of all (particularly red/black), but we’ll run through them anyway.
There are 3 types of even money bets, so called because you’ll get 2 chips back on a 1 chip bet if you cover these, namely red, black, even, odd, 1-18 (Lo) and 19-36 (Hi). You’ll be covering just under 50% of the table with the even money bets (there is also a zero pocket remember).
If you like doing things by thirds rather than by halves, then head for a column bet which sits at the end of the grid. You’ll get 3 chips back on a winning 1 chip bet.
These are similar to dozens in that they each cover just under a third of the wheel, but the zones are grouped 1-12, 13-24 and 25-36.
So that’s it right? For roulette bets? Well, yes and no. On some of the simpler variants and quite a few of our mobile roulette games (just because there isn’t enough space on the screen to accommodate them), that would indeed be it, but there are also a number of other more exotic bets (well, some of them have French names) called the Call Bets. Can you see the racetrack betting area above on our 3D European Roulette table? That has some of the most popular Call Bets like that Neighbour’s Bet we were talking about earlier.
There are plenty more that you can play if you are on the Advanced Mode of Premier Roulette Diamond Edition, for example. If you are in a land-based casino, you can call some of these bets out to the croupier- that’s why they are called the Call Bets.
We’ll cover the most the popular Call Bets here and cover them in more details on another guide.
Voisins du Zero
Here’s the bet that started this whole conversation off. Voisins du Zero is French for “Neighbours of Zero” and that’s exactly what it is. You cover 16 numbers that sit around the zero pocket on the wheel:
Most of the numbers are covered with split bets apart from 25/26/28/29 which is covered with a corner bet and 0/2/3 which is covered with a 3 number bet around 0/2/3
Tiers du Cylindre
This is a bet that covers a zone of numbers opposite the Voisins bet on the wheel. So 5, 8, 10, 11, 13, 16, 23, 24, 27, 30, 33, 36 which are covered with Split Bets. It literally means thirds of the wheel which is not strictly true as it covers 12 pockets out of 37. But it’s almost a third and another option if you like playing the columns or dozens.
The Orphelins bet is a bet that mops up all of the “Orphans” that aren’t covered by the Voisins or Tiers bets. So 2 zones that include 17,34,6 and 1,20,14,31,plus 9. Again, the numbers are covered by split bets apart from the bet on 1 which is a single number bet.
So that concludes our Wombat Guide to Roulette Bets! May your chip pile be mountainous!