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A Complete Guide to Roulette Betting

Online Roulette Betting

Online roulette for Canucks is fast, fun, and the wins can be huge. But blindly put bets down without having a grasp of the odds can lead to a serious dent in your loonies bankroll.

If you are thinking of playing roulette online - however big or small the stakes - you'll need to get up to speed on how roulette betting works.

Take a look at the tables below for a description of the most popular types of bets you will find at a roulette table on a Canadian online casino. Then click on a bet's name for a more thorough explanation.

Inside Roulette Bets

Bet Name Bet Description Payout American European
Straight Up A wager on a single number. 35/1 5.26% 2.63%
Split A wager on two connected numbers. 17/1 5.26% 2.63%
Street A wager on three connected numbers. 11/1 5.26% 2.63%
Corner A wager on four connected numbers. 8/1 5.26% 2.63%
Double Street A wager on any six numbers. 5/1 5.26% 2.63%
Basket A wager on 0, 00, 1, 2, and 3. 6/1 7.89% n/a

Outside Roulette Bets

Bet Name Bet Description Payout American European
Even/Odd Bet that the number is even or odd. 1/1 5.26% 2.63%
Black/Red Bet on pocket's color. 1/1 5.26% 2.63%
High 18 Bet on numbers 19-36. 1/1 5.26% 2.63%
Low 18 Bet on numbers 1-18. 1/1 5.26% 2.63%
Column Bet Bet on 12 numbers in a column. 2/1 5.26% 2.63%
Dozens Bet Bet on 12 numbers in a row. 2/1 5.26% 2.63%

The first thing to understand is that the outside bets are the best choices for beginners - particularly Red/Black or Odd/Even, which pay out 1/1 - and will provide a better chance of long-term profits. Although the inside bets might have higher payouts, they are much less likely to win on any given spin. Saying that, there's nothing that matches the thrill of hitting a single number for a 35/1 payday!

Navigating the Roulette Layout

When you are just starting out in online roulette, it can be difficult to actually find your favourite bets on the table layout. Below is a typical American Roulette table layout.

Hover over the diagram to see where each bet is located, or click on any part of the layout for more info.

  ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^  
00 3 6 9 12 15 18 21 24 27 30 33 36 <
B 2 5 8 11 14 17 20 23 26 29 32 35 <
0 1 4 7 10 13 16 19 22 25 28 31 34 <
  First Dozen Second Dozen Third Dozen  
1-18 Odd Red Black Even 19-36

Types of Roulette Bets

Inside Bets

The inside bets in roulette are, quite simply, found on the 'inside' of the table. These consist of all the individual numbers, as well as the street bets which are located in the top row of the table above. The six different types of inside bets are explained below.

Straight Up

WHAT IS IT?

The straight up bet is the first inside bet, and one of the simplest wagers you can make in roulette. These are bets on what the number of the very next spin will be.

Most players either bet multiple straight up bets at a time, or combine them with some of the outside bets. Just like most of the roulette bets, you are playing against a 5.26% house edge on American wheels, and a 2.63% edge on European wheels.

WHAT CAN I WIN?

Hitting a single number is obviously pretty hard but when you win with a straight up bet, you can take advantage of the game's highest payout: 35/1.

Most players either bet multiple straight up bets at a time, or combine them with some of the outside bets. Just like most of the roulette bets, you are playing against a 5.26 percent house edge on American Roulette wheels, and a 2.63 percent edge on European ones.

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Split

WHAT IS IT?

The split bet is a double straight up bet. You just have to put your chip stack on the layout so that it lies between the two numbers you want to bet on. If either number is shown, you win.

WHAT CAN I WIN?

Split bets pay out 17/1 (half as much as a straight up single-number bet).The split isn't as lucrative as a straight-up bet and the house edge still remains 5.26 percent in the American version of the game.

Street

WHAT IS IT?

Taking these inside bets to the next level, the street bet allows you to bet on a row of three numbers. Put your chips on the far line of a row, and you'll have marked this bet. (See the top row of our sample layout.)

WHAT CAN I WIN?

Now we start to see just a little bit of action as this kind of bet wins 7.89 percent of the time. With an 11/1 payout, the casino maintains their 5.26 percent house edge.

Corner

WHAT IS IT?

Corner bets follow the same pattern as the bets we've already talked about. However, now we're betting on four numbers at a time. To make a corner bet, put your chip stack at the intersection (or corner) where these four numbers meet on the layout.

WHAT CAN I WIN?

With a 10.53 win percentage and an 8/1 payout, we are still looking at a 5.26 percent house edge on an American wheel, and a 2.63 percent edge on a single-zero, European wheel.

"Many casual gamblers think roulette betting is rather black and red, but nothing could be further from the truth. From inside to outside bets, straights and corners, streets and splits, online roulette has an abundance of betting options."

Double Street

WHAT IS IT?

The double street is just what its name implies: a bet on two 'streets' or rows. You place these chips on the far side, directly between the two numbers at the end of their respective streets.

WHAT CAN I WIN?

By including six numbers under a single bet (almost one-sixth of the wheel), this bet wins about 15.70 percent of the time. With a 5/1 payout, it too has a 5.26 percent house edge.

Basket / First Five

WHAT IS IT?

The basket bet is a wager on 0, 00, 1, 2, and 3. Since it relies on the 00 pocket, it can only be used with double-zero, American Roulette wheels.

WHAT CAN I WIN?

The Basket Bet will win 13.16 percent of the time and pays out 6/1. However, with a house edge of 7.89 percent, it sticks out like a sore thumb as the single worst bet in roulette.

Outside Bets

Unlike inside bets, outside bets cover large portions of the wheel. This is where you will find the even-money (1/1) bets, and those that payout 2/1.

Just like most of the inside bets, though, every outside bet has a 5.26 percent house edge with an American wheel, and a 2.63 percent house edge with a European wheel.

Even / Odd

WHAT IS IT?

Even/Odd bets are very simple to make and understand. Just look for the spaces on the layout labeled 'Even' and 'Odd'. There, told you it was easy, didn't we?

Put your chip stack on whichever space you'd like, sit back, and relax. This bet has the standard 5.26 percent house edge.

WHAT CAN I WIN?

Because nearly half of the spaces are even, and nearly half of them are odd (0 and 00 give the casino their edge), one of these spaces is going to win almost every time. Whichever space you choose will have a 47.37 percent chance of winning, but only pays out 1/1.

Red or Black

WHAT IS IT?

This bet is just like the Even/Odd bet, but you are betting on the color of the pocket.

WHAT CAN I WIN?

Since all pockets, other than the 0 and 00, are either red or black, one of these spaces will win most of the time. Each bet has a 47.37 percent chance of winning, and they too pay out 1/1.

Betting on red or black is one of the most basic roulette bets and therefore perfect for beginners. Below, you can see what color each numbered pocket is.

Red 1 3 5 7 9 12 14 16 18 19 21 23 25 27 30 32 34 36
Black 2 4 6 8 10 11 13 15 17 20 22 24 26 28 29 31 33 35

High 18

WHAT IS IT?

If you bet on High 18, you are wagering that the following spin will result in a pocket numbered 19-36. Like all even-money bets (1/1 payout), the chances of hitting a number from 19 to 36 are good.

WHAT CAN I WIN?

With its standard 5.26 percent house advantage and a 47.37 percent chance of winning, this is another great bet for the new Canada players to online roulette.

Low 18

WHAT IS IT?

As the name suggests, the Low 18 is the opposite of the high 18 bet. It is a bet that wins when the resulting pocket is numbered from 1-18.

WHAT CAN I WIN?

Because this covers nearly half of the wheel-head, it will win 47.37 percent and it pays out 1/1. As with most roulette bets, the Low 18 bets have a 5.26 percent house advantage when playing with an American wheel, and only a 2.63 percent house edge when playing with a European wheel.

Column

WHAT IS IT?

The column bet is like the street bet, but it covers 12 numbers in a column instead of three in a row.

WHAT CAN I WIN?

12 numbers in a column constitutes nearly one-third of the wheel and bets pays out 2/1. Since it should win 31.58 percent of the time, it has the standard 5.26 percent house edge (2.63 percent on a European wheel). Below, you can see which column each number falls under.

Column 1 1 4 7 10 13 16 19 22 25 28 31 34
Column 2 2 5 8 11 14 17 20 23 26 29 32 35
Column 3 3 6 9 12 15 18 21 24 27 30 33 36

Dozens

WHAT IS IT?

The dozens bet, as the name implies, lets you bet on 12 numbers at a time. Instead of betting on numbers that lie in the same column, however, you are betting on a dozen numbers that are in sequential order.

These numbers are broken up into three separate dozens:

First Dozen 1-12
Second Dozen 13-24
Third Dozen 25-36

WHAT CAN I WIN?

Just like column bets, these bets pay 2/1, have a 31.58 percent win percentage, and a 5.26 percent house edge on American wheels (or 2.63 percent on European wheels).

Overview

And there you have it. You should now have all the information you need to play every bet in roulette (although we probably suggest you don't place EVERY bet at the same time). The basic bets are important to learn, but those are just the start of your roulette learning journey. Check out some of our related topics at OnlineRoulette.ca: