Roulette is an easy game to learn and is also a French term for wheel. Roulette is a game where the player can choose to place a single number or a range of numbers. The dealer spins the wheel and the ball in one direction. However, the ball loses momentum and stops at any block on the wheel. American roulette is different from other roulette games in that it contains an additional 00 green compartment. The winner of the game depends on where the ball stops. We need to be familiar with the types of bets and the payoffs involved in American roulette.
There are many ways to place bets in American roulette. There are two main types of bets that you need to understand: the inside and outside bets. Let’s take a closer look at each of these.
Inside bets are where the player places bets on specific numbers or a group of numbers. These inside bets may also be of the following types.
Straight Bet is another name for this bet, as well as ‘en plein’ (French). It pays at 35 to 1. This bet can be placed only on one number. The chip will be placed in the middle of the square.
Place the chip on two numbers and place the bet by placing it in the middle of the numbers or on the line that divides zero and double zeros. This French term is “a cheval” and it pays at 17 to 1.
Place the chip at either the borderline or the row’s end of 3 numbers to place this bet. This bet, also known as Transversal, pays 11 to 1.
Double Street Bet
Place the chip on the intersection between two lines that end in 2 rows with 3 numbers. This is a bet on 6 numbers. This bet, also known as “sixaine”, pays 5 to 1.
You place the chip at the intersection point between 4 numbers to place this bet. It’s called ‘carre’ in French, and it pays 8 to 1.
Infamous Five-Number Bet:
This bet is only available in American roulette. The player can place bets on 1, 2, 3 and 00, and 0. This bet has a 7.89% house advantage, compared to 5.26%. It pays 6 to 1.
A player can place an outside bet on either the color red or black, or the number of odd or even numbers. The following types of outside bets can be made:
Red or Black:
A player can place a chip on any color block that does not have a number and bet on either Red or Black. It pays 1 to 1. The red bet is called “rouge” and black is called “noir” in French.
Even or Odd:
The player can place bets on even or odd. Zeroes and double zeroes cannot be considered odds or even. The bets on even or odd are called ‘pairs’ and ‘impairs’, respectively.
High or low
This bet allows players to place bets on either low numbers (1-18) or high numbers (17-36). In French, the high bets can be called last eighteen or “passe” in French. The low bets can be called first eighteen or “manque” in French.
The player can place a bet on the pair with 12 numbers by placing a chip on one of the three blocks marked 1 to 12, 2nd 12 (13 to 24, or 3rd12(25 to 36). In French, the first dozen are called ‘premier’,’mayenee’ and ‘derniere’. They pay off 2 to 1.