What Are the Odds For Winning Roulette?

Roulette (pronounced roh-loh-lee) is a casino game that has offered glamour, mystery and excitement to players worldwide since 17th century. It is considered to be one of the oldest and most popular games, and has a wide range of betting combinations with different odds for winning.

The game is played on a wheel, which contains thirty-six slots (compartments), each of which is painted red or black. On American-style wheels, the numbered compartments are nonconsecutively divided into two groups, whereas on European-style wheels they are arranged in columns of six numbers each.

Inside Bets

In a roulette game, the player places chips on various positions of the wheel or board. These positions are called “inside” bets and the chips placed on them represent a wager on a particular number or grouping of numbers. The probability of the bet being won is based on the likelihood that the ball will land in that position.

Outside Bets

In roulette, players can also place bets on groups of pockets or lines. These are called “outside” bets and are generally less expensive than “inside” bets. In addition, these bets offer higher payout odds than “inside” bets.

Corner Bets or Square Bets

In a corner bet, a player places three chips on a row of four numbers on the board. These bets pay 8-1 if any of the four numbers win, and 5-1 if any of the three numbers win.

Line Bets

In a line bet, a player places three chips at a time along an adjacent row of six numbers on the board. This bet pays 5-1 if any of the six numbers win, and 3-1 if any of the three numbers win.

Announced Bets

In some online roulette variations, special announced bets are available to players. These bets are most commonly featured in French Roulette, but they are also present in online European Roulette variants.

The most common is the ‘Neighbours’ bet, which covers a single number and a series of neighbouring numbers on each side of the board. These bets are most often located in a section of the wheel known as the racetrack, and can be adjusted by the player upon placing the bet.

The Voisins du Zero bet, which resembles the neighbours bet and covers quite a large number of numbers on the board, is another example of an announced bet that you should know about. The Voisins du Zero bet is found in most French and European Roulette variants, but it’s not as widespread as the other announced bets.