It is perfectly legal to participate without stopping to think about your next move. It’s fun and exciting to take on the casino with no weapons other than fortune (although the casino favours probability).
But it is even more exciting to play knowing the possible options, so that you can try different moves and take different risks depending on the situation.
To do so, you need to know the different ways of betting.
There are many different bets in roulette. Here are the most important ones.
Inside or multiple bets
Inside or multiple bets are placed on the numbered grid of the table on a number, adjacent numbers or small groups of numbers.
The choice is made by placing chips on the corresponding square, lines or crossing intersections, as the case may be.
These bets are riskier as they focus on fewer numbers and therefore the probability of winning is lower. However, this also means that the possible prize is higher.
For example, if you bet on a single number in European roulette, you have a one in thirty-seven chance of hitting (one particular number out of all the possible numbers on the plate). But the prize is thirty-five times what you bet.
In other words, if you bet $10, you would win $350.
Outside or single bets
Outside or single bets cover large numbers of roulette numbers. These are bets where it is not so much about which number comes up, but about its characteristics.
With single bets it is easier to hit and win. But, of course, this also means that the prize is smaller than with multiple bets.
The good thing about single bets is that they offer a game that is easy for anyone to understand and a way to progress slowly. Don’t be fooled though, that’s not to say that single bets don’t offer plenty of excitement. In addition, they’re covered by a whole host of gambling strategies.
So there’s no shortage of opportunities to have fun and challenge yourself to sell the casino.
As you can see, these betting options are an apparent 50-50 play. That is, the number is red or black, even or odd, high or low. But, in reality, this balance is broken by the presence of 0 and 00, numbers that are not part of these bets.
That is why, as you can see in the table, the probability of winning in single bets is not 50%.
This is called the house edge.
Some real and virtual casinos (less than we would like) offer rules that can compensate a little for this disadvantage: “le partage” in French roulette and “en prison” in European roulette.
There may be a slight difference in the way they work, but these two rules basically consist of giving you a second chance. If the zero comes out, your single bet is blocked. If you win on the next roulette spin, then you get your bet back (or half, depending on the casino).
Announced, French or classic bets
It is possible to look at roulette from another point of view that goes beyond the numbers: that of the position or distribution of the squares on the table.
Not all casinos, real or virtual, support this type of betting. But it is good to be aware of them so that you can bring more strategic options to your game when you can. Announced bets can be played on a cloth attached to the main table.
In this type of betting we look at groups of numbers. Bets are drawn from the following number arrangements:
- Neighbours of zero (“les voisins du zéro”). You must place five chips in the multiple horse betting position on positions 4/7, 12/15, 18/21, 19/22 and 32/35, one as a three of a kind on 0/2/3 and one more in the square betting position on 25/26/28/29.
- Zero game (“jeu zéro”).
- You need one checker in full house on 26 and three checkers in knight position on 0/3, 12/15 and 32/35.
- Orphans (“les orphelins”). This bet can be made in two ways, with the orphans on full house or the orphans on knight. For the first, use eight chips on the numbers 1, 6, 9, 14, 17, 20, 31, 34. For the second, use five chips on 1, 6/9, 14, 17/20 and 31/34.
- Third of the cylinder (“les tiers du cylindre”). To cover this bet, you must use six checkers in knight position on positions 5/8, 10/11, 13/16, 23/24, 27/30 and 33/26.
In this special type of bet you choose the numbers that share the last digit. For example, if you bet on “final 2”, you are betting on all numbers ending with that digit: 2, 12, 22 and 32.
An advanced version of this is the “horse finals”, where you bet on pairs of numbers that end with the same digits. For example, a “2-5 on horse ends” bet covers all combinations ending in 2 and 5: 2/5, 12/15, 22/25 and 32/35.
Going further, “red/black horse finishes” looks for combinations of horse bets of the same colour. For example, a “red horse ends” bet goes for the numbers 9/12, 16/19, 18/21 and 27/30, which are all red.