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From a distance, online roulette may seem like a simple and repetitive game. However, take a closer look at the table and you’ll discover there’s more to the game than first meets the eye. The racetrack contains many possibilities and many different ways for you to place your bet. There’s a lot more to placing roulette bets than just making a choice between red and black, so why not add some variation into your experience at the best online casino in the UK?

To fully understand the roulette bets available to us we must first take a look at the roulette table and its layout, where typically you’ll find the number board, the racetrack and the wheel in play.

Number Board

You’ll more than likely recognise the number board if you’re familiar with the game of roulette. The bulk of these boxes contain a number between 0 and 36, and will either be red or black - the exception to this rule is the number 0, which is green. Other boxes are labelled with certain types of bets you can make, which allow you to bet on multiple numbers in one go. For example, if you wanted to bet on all of the even numbers on the board you could place your chips in the EVEN box, rather than placing a single chip on each of the 18 numbers. You’ll find boxes like these for several types of bet. This number board style betting grid is where the majority of bets are placed.

The design of the number board means there is a wide range of different roulette bets that you can place, regardless of the type of roulette game you are playing.

Number Board

European roulette

The game of roulette can change ever so slightly depending on the game you are playing, so make sure you are aware of which types of roulette there are and how the roulette wheel appears for each. When playing the European roulette game, you will notice that the wheel features only one green zero segment.

Players will find that French roulette is basically the same as European roulette with the same single zero wheel and betting options available. The only difference here is that the French roulette table layout can appear different.

American roulette

In comparison to the European roulette wheel, American roulette includes double zero segments on the wheel to reduce the odds of winning and provide more of a house edge. Regardless of this extra segment, the American and European roulette table layout share very little difference. Despite the greater house edge, the payout odds for winning are typically the same as those found in European roulette.

Outside Roulette Bets

Outside Bets are placed on the outer section of the board and involve placing bets on groups of numbers or colours, rather than on a single specific number. These are also known as Even Money bets.

1. Red or Black

Perhaps the most famous of all roulette bets is the iconic colour bet. This is placed on either the red or black numbers on the board OR using the boxes marked RED or BLACK on the outer part of the number board. This is classed as an ‘even money’ bet, giving you close to a 50/50 chance of winning at 1:1 odds.

2. Odd or Even

As their name suggests, odd and even bets are placed on either all of the odd numbers or all of the even numbers on the board. You can place this bet using the boxes marked ODD and EVEN on the outer section of the number grid. Like the colour bet, this is an even-money wager with the same winning payout of 1:1.

3. High or Low

The High or Low bets see the player place a wager on either the highest or the lowest numbers on the board. Low numbers fall between 1 and 18 and high numbers are 19 to 36, high and low bets are placed using the 1-18 and 19-36 boxes on the betting grid.

4. Column Bets

Another popular choice for outside bets is column betting. When you place a wager on a column, you’re betting on the outcome of where the ball will land on one of the three columns of 12 numbers that feature vertically on the number board.

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

Each column bet pays 2:1, meaning you’ll receive double the amount you bet if you land a winning number on the roulette wheel.

5. Dozens

A dozen bet involves 12 numbers. These could be the first 12, the second 12 or the third 12 numbers on the betting board. You’ll find a corresponding bet box for each of these options on the outer section of the number board and they offer the same payout as column bets, paying 2:1 for a winning bet.

Inside Bets

Inside bets are placed within the number boxes of the grid. There are several different types of inside bets that you can place when playing roulette.

1. Straight Up Bets

A straight-up bet is probably the most simple and straightforward of all the roulette bets to follow. It’s simply a wager placed on any number found across the grid - for example, 7, 24 or 36. For a winning straight-up bet you’ll receive a payout of 35:1. The odds in roulette don't tend to change regardless of whether you're playing American or European roulette.

2. Split Bets

A split bet is a little more interesting than a straight bet. Rather than placing your chip on one box, you can place it on the line between boxes. This increases your chances of winning because if either number comes up, you’ll receive a payout. Split bets pay 17:1.

3. Line Bets

Line bets are a bet that covers two rows of three numbers instead of one row. An example of a line bet is 1 to 6 or 4 to 9. You may have heard them being referred to as six number bets, and they pay 5:1.

4. Corner Bets

The corner is similar to a street bet but is placed on four numbers that touch to form a square. This means you’re betting on four numbers rather than two. An example of a corner bet would be 4, 5, 7 and 8 - the chip would be placed in the centre of these numbers. Corner bets are sometimes referred to as square or four-number bets and pay 8:1.

5. Trio Bets

A three-number bet that includes the zero. To place this bet, simply place a chip on the shared corner between the 0 and two other numbers.

6. Basket Bets

Also known as a first four-bet, a basket bet is placed on the first four numbers - 0, 1, 2 and 3. The basket bet pays 6:1.

Inside Roulette Bets

Snake Bets

Most online casino fans have heard or seen a snake bet. It’s a unique bet covering the numbers 1, 5, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 23, 27, 30, 32 and 34. The snake bet gets its name from the pattern it creates on the board when the covered numbers are highlighted. This is one of several bets that pay 2:1.

Racetrack Roulette Bets

You may have seen the racecourse whilst playing roulette, but what is it actually used for? The racetrack can help speed up the placing of bets - call bets to be specific. Call bets are only available in French and European versions. The racecourse isn’t available in every casino, but many of our roulette games feature it.

Voisins du Zero

It’s time to inject a little French sophistication into your playing experience. Voisins du Zero translates to “neighbours of zero”. This bet, therefore, covers the numbers closest to 0 on the wheel, meaning that the seventeen numbers between 22 and 25 are being bet on. However, to place this bet, you’ll need a minimum of nine chips. Three chips are to be placed on 0, 2 and 3. One will be placed on the 4/7 split, one on 12/15, one on 18/21, and another on 19/22. You’ll also make a corner bet covering the numbers 25/26/28/29, and finally, one chip covering 32/35.

You’ll find a section of the racecourse dedicated to the Voisins du Zero bet in Live Roulette by Evolution Gaming. Hover over this box to see the numbers involved in the Voisins du Zero bet.

Tiers du Cylindre

Translating to “thirds of the wheel”, the Tiers du Cylindre bet usually involves 12 numbers - 12 to 33. Live Roulette features a shortened version of the tiers bet, which covers the right side of the racecourse. This version includes the numbers 27 to 33 and requires six chips. You will need to place six split bets, covering 5/8, 10/11, 13/16, 23/14, 27/30 and 33/36.

You’ll find an established section of the racecourse for this type of bet, simply hover your cursor over this section to highlight all of the numbers associated with this bet.


The Orphelins bet covers the numbers outside of the Tiers and Voisins sections of the racecourse. It, therefore, involves the following numbers: 17, 34, 6, 1, 20, 14, 31 and 9. You’ll need to place five bets - four splits and one straight up. One chip must cover 1, then the rest must cover 6/9, 14/17, 17/20 and 31/34.

Neighbour Roulette Bets

Neighbour bets are available in both Live and Online, and allow you to place a bet on any five consecutive numbers on the wheel and any nine online. Hover over a number to see its neighbours highlighted to the left and right. When you place a neighbour bet on the racecourse, the chips will be placed on the corresponding boxes on the number board.

Racetrack Roulette Bets

Pattern Bets

Both Live and Virtual Roulette allow players to make pattern bets. You can create various patterns, which can be saved for future use. Simply choose your chips then press save. Add some variety to your session with pattern bets.

Put Roulette Bets to the Test

As you can see, there are plenty of bets to choose from once you’ve taken your virtual seat at the roulette table - from the more straightforward and well-known bets like colour or straight up to the more complex French bets, the one you make is up to.

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If you feel like you need a little extra information about the world of roulette before you pull up a virtual pew, be sure to check out the rest of our articles that are there to provide our players with definitive guides surrounding everything there is to know before making your bets.

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