Roulette Inside Bets

Every bet, which a player places on the field of numbers in the center part of the betting layout, is known as an ”inside bet”. They can be placed either on a single number, or on a line between numbers. In the second case bets are known as ”combination bets”, where a single chip or a stack of chips can encompass between two and six numbers.

Now we shall pay a little more attention on all the possible inside bets, while using the American roulette practice as an example.

Straight-Up Bets

These are inside bets, which are placed on a single number on the layout. In this case, the player needs to place one chip, or a stack of chips, right on the number he/she desires, while not touching any of the borders surrounding that number. If his/her bet turns out to be a profitable one, the payoff for the player will be 35 to 1. This means that for each chip placed on the winning number the player will be paid 35 chips, while he/she also keeps the original bet.

Straight-up bets can be made on any of the 36 numbers on the layout, as well as on the single zero and the double zero.

American Roulette straight-up bet with payout 35 to 1

Split Bets

These are combination bets, which are placed on the border between any two adjacent numbers on the layout. In case either of the two numbers appears to win, the payoff for the player will be 17 to 1. This means that for each chip placed on the border the player will be paid 17 additional chips. By making such a bet, the player actually splits what the chip is worth between the two numbers.

In case the player chose to bet more than a single chip, he/she could make one straight-up bet with half of the chips on the first number and the other half on the second number. The result would have been precisely the same, as with placing one split bet.

Let us provide an example in order to clarify. The player makes a split bet using two chips. It happens so, that the bet is profitable. The player will be paid 17 chips for each of the two chips, comprising the bet, thus, a total of 34 chips. As he/she keeps the original two-chip bet, the player will score a profit of 36 chips. What is the other option? He/she makes one straight-up bet on two adjacent numbers using each of the two chips. In case one of the two adjacent numbers wins, the player will earn 35 chips. It is so, because one of the two chips placed stands on a losing number. However, as the player keeps the profitable chip, he/she will again score a profit of 36 chips.

These two options can be applied to all the other combination bets as well.

American Roulette Split bet with payout 17 to 1

Street Bets

These are combination bets, which are placed on any of the three-number rows on the betting layout. In order for the bet to be placed correctly, the player needs to put one chip or a stack of chips on the outside line near the first number in the row. In case one of the three numbers in the row turns out to be profitable, the payoff for the player will be 11 to 1. This means that for each chip placed on the line the player will be paid 11 additional chips.

American Roulette Street bet with payout 11 to 1

Corner (Square) Bets

They represent combination bets, which are placed on any square block of four numbers on the betting layout. In order for the bet to be placed correctly, the player needs to put one chip or a stack of chips on the intersection of the horizontal and vertical borders in the center of a block of four desired numbers. In case one of the four numbers in the block turns out to be profitable, the payoff for the player will be 8 to 1. This means that for each chip placed on the intersection the player will be paid 8 additional chips.

American Roulette Corner bet with payout 8 to 1

Sucker Bets

It is important to note that only one sucker (five-number) bet can be placed on the betting layout. The player needs to put one chip or a stack of chips on the left border intersection between the numbers 1 and 0. This way the bet will encompass the following numbers: 0, 00, 1, 2, 3. In case one of these five numbers turns out to be profitable, the payoff for the player will be 6 to 1. By placing such a bet, the player will confront a house advantage of 7.9%, instead of the 5.26% edge we already talked about.

Another circumstance worth mentioning is that sucker bets can be placed neither on the French, nor on the hybrid type of wheels, because they do not feature a double zero.

American Roulette Sucker(Five) bet with payout 6 to 1

Line Bets

They are combination bets, which are placed on two adjacent rows, or they cover six numbers. That is why they are also known as ”double street bets”. The chip or the stack of chips should be placed on the intersection between two rows. In case one of the six numbers in these rows turns out to be profitable, the payoff for the player will be 5 to 1. This means that for each chip placed on the intersection the player will be paid 5 additional chips.

What is worth noting is that although a line bet encompasses six subsequent numbers on the layout, these numbers will not be sequential on the wheelhead.

American Roulette Line bet with payout 5 to 1

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