When it comes to casino games, perhaps the game most associated with a casino, more so than card games or slots even, is roulette. The game has a long history, stretching back to when similar games were played in Italy, France and Germany centuries ago.
Since then, it has been refined and tweaked and has become a firm favorite in the modern online casino. There are many different variants of the game you can now find, some with unusual features not found in the standard game.
However, you don’t really need to play these more complicated versions of the game to have great fun with roulette. Even the standard bets available in the game offer you a wide choice when it comes to betting and the chance to win some significant cash, if you are lucky enough of course!
In this article, we are going to take a look at some of the standard bets you would find in a game of roulette. How they are displayed on the layout and of course, how your bets will be paid out should you be lucky enough to land a winner.
Let’s begin by first understanding how a roulette table is laid out.
How Is A Roulette Table Laid Out?
There are essentially two sections to a roulette table. The first is the wheel, which is where every bet made on the spin will be decided. This is usually displayed at the top of the table (and in some games, it may actually be hidden off screen, or partially off screen) until such a time as we are ready to spin the wheel having placed the bets you want to make on the spin.
The other section of the table is where the players tend to stand in real life casinos and this is the layout (pictured). There are different layouts you can use, but the most commonly used one is the standard layout which is shown in the screenshot here.
The different bets you can make on a standard layout all correspond to where you put your chips on the layout and, rather handily, the layout is designed so that the bets on the outside of the board are generally shorter odds than the bet on the inside of the layout.
Sometimes these can be referred to as outer bets (shorter odds bet) and inner bets (longer odds bets).
Let’s now list the many different bets you can make on a standard roulette layout.
Standard Roulette Layout Bets
- 1 to 18 or 19 to 36 – This is a bet on which you are betting on the spin of the ball seeing it land in a number either ranked from 1-18 or 19 to 36. This is an even money bet.
- Black or Red – This is a bet on whether the ball will land in either a black or red segment on the wheel on that spin. This is also an even money bet.
- Even or Odd – This is a bet on whether the number landed on the spin will be odd or even numbered. This is the final even money bet on the layout.
- 1st 12, 2nd 12 or 3rd 12 – This is a bet on the outcome of the spin being the ball coming to rest in one of the three groups of numbers, 1-12, 13-24 or 25-36. If your bet is a winner, then you are paid out at odds of 2/1. These are also sometimes called ‘Dozens’ bets.
- Columns (2 to 1) – The three columns labelled 2 to 1 bets give you a clear indication of the odds you get paid out at. These are bets on any of the numbers in the three columns that run across the layout. Essentially, they are very similar bets to the 1st 12, 2nd 12 or 3rd 12 bets, but just offer a different selection of numbers for each group.
- Double Street or Line Bet – This is a bet which covers two sets of three numbers that run either side of the dividing line on the layout. For example one Double Street bet could cover the numbers 1,2,3,4,5 and 6. If this bet is a winner, then you are paid out at odds of 5/1.
- 4 or 5 Number Bets – Depending on which version of roulette you are playing, you can make four number bets on European and French Roulette or Five Number bets on American roulette by utilising the 0 (and 00 in American Roulette) section with the 1,2,3 street on the layout. Essentially, this is a Double Street or Line Bet, but placed on the first section of the layout which includes the green zero (and double zero) section. A four number bet pays out at 8/1, while the five number bet pays out at 6/1.
- Corner Bet – A corner bet covers four numbers and this is placed by putting your chip on the intersecting corner between four numbers. This is paid out at odds of 8/1.
- Street Bet – This is similar to the Double Street bet outlined above, only this bet is made on just a single row of numbers. This bet pays out at 11/1.
- Split – A split bet is when a chip is placed on the line between two numbers, covering both on the spin of the reel. If the wheel spin produces one of the two numbers as a result then you will be paid out at odds of 17/1.
- Straight Up or Single Number – The longest odds bet on the Roulette board is placing a chip on a single number to come up on the spin of the wheel. Hit this correctly and you can win up to 35 times your payout, although the return odds for this bet can differ slightly from game to game.
Some games do offer you the chance to play on a different layout, called the racetrack layout due to its oval shape and this does allow you to make some different bets (such as orphelins, neighbors, voisins du zero and tier bets). However, this layout is not used as often as the standard layout and as such it is not as commonly used.
I would certainly advise players to begin playing on the standard layout before moving onto the racetrack layout.
As you can see, there are a wide range of bets you can make on roulette in the standard game using the standard layout and there is so much depth to the game that you can gain plenty of enjoyment from using these bets over the longer term.