Understanding Minimum & Maximum Bets

Min and Max Bets

In any Canadian casino, physical or online, you'll find minimum and maximum wagering requirements when playing at a real money roulette table. Low stakes games allow players to get a taste of the action without breaking their budget. Tables with higher stakes allow high rollers and experienced punters to risk larger sums on a single spin. Find out exactly how bet limits work, so that you can effectively factor them into your roulette strategy.

How Do Roulette Bet Limits Work?

Some casinos set distinct limits for inside and outside bets. Others set a minimum or maximum limit for each player at table, which is a little more straightforward for players. Limits should be clearly posted nearby the table or clearly communicated in either automated or live versions of online roulette.

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Land-based vs Online Table Limits

When playing at a land-based casino, you'll have to move between different tables to switch between low and high stakes roulette. This isn't necessary with online casinos which often offer both the lowest wager with the highest limit at one table. This means that you can potentially wager anywhere between a single Canadian dollar and thousands of C$ all in the same place.

Other online casinos may offer table options before the start of a session. For example, 'Roulette Professional Series' is an automated roulette game that offers four limit options: low, standard, high or VIP limit. Possible bets range from less than a dollar to thousands.

Roulette Professional Series:

  • Low limit: $0.10 - $50
  • Standard limit: $1 - $500
  • High limit: $10 - $6,00
  • Vip limit: $25 - $90,000

Bet Limits for Inside and Outside Bets

Whether you're playing offline or on the web, you'll notice that inside and outside bets may have different minimums and maximums. Casinos will make this clear to players in order to avoid the suspicion of cheating players.

Maximum Requirements

An 'inside maximum' refers to how much you can wager on bet spaces inside the table layout. Generally, these are lower than the maximum for outside bets, because inside bets come with higher payouts. You can place a single wager or multiple wagers to meet this requirement. For example, if the inside maximum is C$100, then you can place stacks worth C$25 each on 4 individual number spaces to meet the requirement.

The 'outside maximum' tells you how much you can wager on bet spaces located on the outer portion of the table layout such as: black/red, even/odd, high 18/low 18, columns or dozens. This doesn't limit the number of bets you can place, only the total cost of your outside bets collectively.

For example, if you are playing at a low limits table with an outside maximum limit of C$500, you could place bet units on all of the outside bet spaces on the layout if you wanted to. That is, if they are equal to or less than C$500 when added together. Or, you could place a stack worth C$500 on a single outside bet space.

Minimum Requirements

Inside and outside minimum table limits refer to the smallest amount required to wager on inside and outside bets. However, most casinos allow for more flexibility in meeting a minimum bet requirement with multiple inside bets.

For example, let's say you're playing at a table with a minimum bet requirement of C$10 for all types of bets. It's likely that the casino will allow you to place multiple C$1 chips on 10 inside bets to meet this requirement. However it's just as likely that the casino will require that you place a C$10 chip on a single outside bet space.

"Even though Roulette comes with many betting options, it can be learned in an afternoon. Though, mastering the strategy of combined bets takes patience, dedication and practice."

Typical Online Minimum and Maximum Bet Limits

These vary significantly from table to table ranging from minimum bets as low as a Canadian quarter to maximum bets that go as high as tens of thousands of Canadian Dollars.

At an online roulette casino, the minimum/maximum bets might be a combination of both low and high table limits. Some limits may be specific to each type of bet. The example below uses a minimum of C$1 for both inside and outside bets.

Inside Bets Max Limit Outside Bets Max Limit
Straight-up (1 number) C$5000 Dozens C$60,000
Split (2 numbers) C$10,000 Columns C$60,000
Street (3 numbers) C$15,000 Odd/Even C$100,000
Corner (4 numbers) C$20,000 Low18/High18 C$100,000
Double Street (6 numbers) C$30,000 Red/Black C$100,000

Please don't take the figures above as standard for all casinos. These are merely an example of what you might come across when playing online roulette. Notice how both the minimum and maximum bets for outside bets are higher than for inside bets. No matter what table you choose, this will likely be the case.

Payout Limits Exist Too

Wagers that can be awarded a winning payout which exceeds the table's maximum limit sometimes get past the dealer. When this happens, the winnings may be limited to a predetermined amount.

Payout and bet limits mainly protect the casino from losing too much at once. This can occur when a player with deep pockets lays big money on the table and wins. Of course, there aren't too many players that fit that description, but casinos can also lose thousands in a single day if multiple players happen to get lucky.

Larger payouts must be planned out in advance. Even progressive slots, which award thousands, are subject to payout limitations including paying a percentage of the win over the course of weeks or months.

What Happens If You Exceed Maximum Payout Limits?

If you wager C$250 on a single number and the maximum payout limit is 7,000 Canadian dollars, then that's all you'll receive. Even though, your actual winnings should be 8,750 C$.

Most players would still be over the moon making C$7,000 on a single spin. However, the point remains that you should be aware of maximum payout limits, so you don't end up disappointed with the results.

While there's the possibility of laying down too much money at a bricks and mortar casino, this won't happen at an online casino. Sites won't let you spin the wheel until you've met the bet requirements.

Why Do Minimum and Maximum Betting Limits Exist?

Amongst other reasons, bet limits are in place to stop people from taking advantage of betting systems such as the three-two betting system. The Martingale system involves doubling your bet every time you lose. Normally, this system comes with the risk of hitting the limit on a losing streak before ever getting a win. This can mean hundreds of lost dollars. If there were no limits, a player with a very large bankroll could theoretically beat the casino.

Gamble responsibly by having awareness of how betting limits impact the overall success or failure of the strategy of your choice. You'll find a wide range of minimum and maximum bet limits at online roulette casinos, so you should have no problem finding a table to suit your bankroll. We recommend choosing tables with the lowest limits to better manage your budget.