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Understanding Basic Roulette Wheel Odds

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Ever wonder why the lady who bet on 26 is way more excited than the guy who bet on ‘even’ when the roulette wheel ball lands on 26? Both are winners (for those who failed 2nd grade math, 26 is an even number). And both are paid out for betting wisely. So what’s the deal?

How you play the game

Well, remember, when playing casino roulette for fun or for real money it’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game. And by “how you play the game” we mean “where you place your chips” on the felt while the roulette wheel spins.

Today, we’re going to cover some basic roulette wheel odds strategy to show you how betting can make all the difference when it comes to payouts.

Bet on any number = 35:1. That means for every $1 you drop onto the table, you’ll win $35. So if you bet $100 that the ball lands on 17 on the roulette wheel, and 17 hits, you’ll win $3,500.

Bet on two numbers = 17:1. Can’t decide between 22 and 23? Drop your chips on the line between them to signal to the dealer that you’re betting on two numbers. If either number hits on the roulette wheel, you’ll win 17 times whatever you dropped on the table.

Bet on a line of three = 11:1. To bet on three roulette wheel numbers, you’ll need to drop your chips on the left line of the first number in the row you’re betting on.

Bet on four numbers = 8:11. See a pattern here? The more numbers you bet on at once, the lower the potential roulette wheel payout is. But don’t worry. Eight to one odds are anything worth crying over. To bet on a series of four roulette wheel numbers, stack your chips in the center of the line that connects all four numbers.

Bet on the first five numbers = 6:1. We’re not talking about one through five here. We’re talking about single zero through three, with a double zero thrown into the mix. Remember, roulette wheels in most North American casinos, not to mention those online, have a single zero and a double zero.

Bet on a line of six numbers = 5:1. Find a horizontal line that crosses through six numbers on the roulette board (three on top, three on the bottom) and put your chip on the edge of the line to bet on the group of 6.

Bet on a column = 2:1,To bet on a single column of 12 roulette wheel numbers, you’ll want to place your chip at the bottom of the column where you’ll find a box that says 2:1. If any number in that column hits, you’ll double your money.

Bet on a group of 12 numbers = 2:1. Betting on 12 numbers on a roulette wheel isn’t restricted to just columns. You can also bet on the first 12, second 12, or third 12 numbers. You’ll find the boxes for those bets above the even/odds and black/red bets. Hitting 12 numbers pays out 2:1.

Bet the outside = 1:1. You can also choose to bet on black or red, even or odd, and the first 18 numbers or second 18 numbers. Just note that hitting any of these pays out 1:1. That means if you bet $100, you’ll win $100.

When you’re at the roulette wheel, you might hear players and dealersuse terminology like, “bet on the basket” or “street bet” when talking about where to place their chips. In an upcoming post, we’ll cover what they all mean. Until then, use our roulette strategy guide to bet like a pro.

Antoine Foxx

33 year old male. Has visited Las Vegas several times as well as other great gambling places. Always having a good time. After having a little girl, he couldn’t travel as much so he started enjoying online gaming. Antoine is always looking for something different and interesting. Part time rock star but full time computer geek, he never seems to guarantee a balanced life. Enjoys Cajun food a lot!