Roulette Betting Limitations

Players, who are new to roulette, should note that, although the game offers a variety of betting opportunities, there are certain limitations to be taken into account as well. Once seated at the roulette table, a player will probably notice the plaque, standing on top. This is the so called ”table limit sign”, where all limitations regarding roulette bet placement at the particular casino are pointed out.

At different casinos one can observe different wording on the sign, but at the end of the day, they all intend to point out one and the same thing – limitations.

A table limit sign may contain the following:

  • Minimum Chip Denomination – $1.00
  • Minimum Inside Bet – $11.00
  • Minimum Outside Bet – $11.00
  • Maximum Inside Bet – $120.00
  • Maximum Outside Bet – $2,500.00
  • Any Way to the Number

At first, a beginner may not understand some of the limitations posted on the sign and may ask for some explanation, especially when it comes to the last line (”any way to the number”). We shall provide explanation to each of the above mentioned limitations, but one should always keep in mind the basic rule for placing a bet – to stay within the minimum and the maximum requirements.

Chip Denomination

As we said earlier, players can buy chips in stacks from the dealer. A stack usually contains 20 chips. At different casinos each chip may have a different minimum value. In Nevada, for instance, the minimum chip value may be within the range of $0.50 and $2.00. Or, in this case a player will have to pay $20.00 for a stack of one-dollar chips.

What we should note here is, that at his/her first purchase a player may require a higher-than-the minimum value for his/her chips. In such a case, the dealer will put a marker (known as a ”lammer”) on the rim of the roulette wheel. This way he/she will know what the value of the player’s chips is.

Table Minimum

The table minimum for inside and outside bets is usually one and the same, but, however, casinos treat these two bet categories in a different way. If we take Nevada again, table minimums there are within the range of $5.00 and $25.00.

Let us have an example in order to clarify what exactly the term means. The table minimum at our casino is $14.00, while each chip is worth $2.00. If we intend to place an outside bet, we have to play with at least 7 chips on every single bet in order to stick to the minimum requirement. The chips we operate with cannot be spread. This means, that if we want to bet on a particular color, we have to make a bet of at least 7 chips. At the same time, if we are willing to bet on the 3rd 12 (3rd Dozen), we have to place a bet of another 7 chips.

If we intend to place an inside bet, we have to play with at least 7 chips on every such bet. What we should note here, however, is that we are allowed to spread these 7 chips on different numbers.

A player can make an inside bet only, an outside bet only, or make both. He/she is not restricted in his/her choice. If, however, the player chooses to make both bet types, he/she will have to meet both minimums.

People betting chips on roulette table

Table Maximum

The maximum limit for inside bets may vary between $25.00 and $1000.00 and depends on the casino. At some places this limit may be set in the following manner – ”Maximum inside bet: $150.00 any way to the number”. What does that mean? A player is allowed to make a straight-up bet for $150.00, a split bet for $300.00, and, say, a corner bet for $600.00, while all three bets may feature the same number. In case he/she placed all three bets and the particular number turned out to be profitable, the total payoff would be $15,150.00. This result is based on a simple calculation: ($150 x 35 + $300 x 17 + $600 x 8).

The maximum limit for outside bets may vary between $1000.00 and $10,000.00, while depending on the casino and the table minimum. This limit is valid for every single outside bet. Or, a player may place the maximum bet on a particular color, while also placing another maximum bet on the 3rd Dozen.

Maximum Payout

There has recently been a practice at smaller casinos to set maximum payouts on inside bets. On their table limit signs these payouts are usually stated as ”Maximum Inside Bet Limit”. The maximum payout represents an aggregate limit and, at some casinos, may be set to $1,750.00. Or, a player can bet up to an aggregate total of $50.00 on a number ($50.00 x 35 = $1,750.00). Any amount larger than that will not be paid.

Maximum payouts are usually a matter of interest to high rollers (players making huge bets).

Roulette dealer picking chips after win marker is put

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