Learn How to Place Bets in Roulette

Knowing your bets in roulette is one of the most important skills you can develop. It isn’t difficult and after a while it will feel like second nature.

Knowing the odds of each bet is essential, as this is how you know your chances of winning and how much you can expect to win back. Once you’ve looked over this page, check out our Odds page to learn more.

There are two approaches to placing bets in roulette, one is high risk but with high reward, the other is safer with a smaller pay-out. By the end of this page you will be familiar with each individual bet, the mechanics of placing them and the odds of them paying out.

Inside Bets

These bets are, funnily enough, placed on the inside of the roulette table and include individual numbers and small groupings.

Because of this, inside bets are risky as the odds of the wheel landing on a particular number or small group of numbers are quite a lot lower than if you bet on larger section of the roulette wheel.

  • Straight Up: A straight up bet is when you only place your chips on one number. This is the riskiest bet on the table, but it also has the highest pay-out at a whopping 35 to 1.
  • Split Bet: This is where you put your chips on the line in-between two numbers, meaning you’re betting on both of them. These numbers have to be positioned next to each other on the table. The odds of winning with a split bet are 17 to 1.
  • Street Bet: Noticing a pattern here? A street bet is when you place your chips on any three numbers in a horizontal line (so 1, 2 and 3 or 4, 5 and 6 etc.). The odds attached to a street bet are 11 to 1.
  • Corner Bet: Surprisingly, this isn’t a bet that placed on the corner of the table; it’s where you place a chip on the corner of four adjoining squares. Effectively you are betting on four number simultaneously. The odds of winning a corner bet are 8 to 1.
  • Line Bet: This is similar to a street bet, except you’re betting on two horizontal lines rather than just the one. This means you’ll be betting on six numbers, raising your odds of success to 5 to 1. These two lines must be placed next to each other on the table.

  • Last Number Bet: This kind of bet is only allowed in French Roulette. Players wager on small groups of numbers that end with the same digits e.g. 7, 17, 27 and 37

Outside Bets

Outside bets are set up around the edges of the inside bets (hence ‘outside’) and will usually show a symbol or word associated with the bet. These bets are low-risk wagers, but yield a lower pay-out than inside bets.

A lot of strategies use outside bets to help the player slowly and safely make money. All outside bets consist of a predetermined set of numbers that can’t be changed.

  • Dozen Bet: This is where you place your chips on a predetermined set of twelve numbers (1-12, 13-24 or 25-36). Since this is a large grouping of numbers the odds stand at 2 to 1.
  • Column Bet: A column bet is very similar to a dozen bet, except rather than betting on numbers grouped horizontally, you bet on one of the three vertical columns running down the table. The odds for this bet are the same as the dozens bet at 2 to 1.
  • Colours Bet: Also known as ‘Black/Red Bet’, this is when you bet on either red numbers or black numbers. This is one of the more popular (and iconic) bets due to its simplicity, however the odds are a pretty paltry 1 to 1.
  • High/Low Bet: Similar to the colours bet. However, instead of betting on the colour of the number, you’ll bet on whether it’s a number between 1-18 or 19-36. As you’ve got nearly half the board covered (remember that the 0 or 00 slots aren’t covered by outside bets), the odds here are 1 to 1.
  • Odds/Evens Bet: The last of the even bets, this one should also be fairly self-explanatory. You bet on whether the number that appears will be odd or even; simple enough really. The odds of this bet are the same as the colours and high/low bet – 1 to 1.

Know the Odds, Beat the Wheel

Now that you understand how to bet, you’ve taken the first step towards playing roulette like an expert.

Really great players know the odds associated with these bets backwards, are adept at recognising patterns on the wheel and know when to change it up with high-stakes wagers. This kind of instinct will only come with practice, so start playing today and implement these bets for real.