Roulette Betting and Payouts

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In roulette, there are many different types of bets. Players can bet on a single number or on a number of different groups of numbers.

Roulette bets are divided into three categories:
  • Inside bets
  • Outside bets
  • Announced bets
Inside and outside bets are all the standard bets that all players should be familiar with. The announced bets are a bit more advanced and are not even available at all casinos, so being familiar with them is certainly not a necessity when playing roulette at a basic level.

Note that roulette is a game of medium volatility (higher than most table games, but lower than most slots). The most volatile bet is the bet on a single number, which pays 36 chips for a 1 chip bet.

If you want a chance to win considerably with a small bet, roulette is not the game for you. On the other hand, roulette has a very favourable return to player (RTP) rate.

  • Inside betting
When you look at the roulette table layout, you see that there are the numbers (1-36, 0 and 00 in American roulette) as well as other sectors for betting. Inside bets are those that can be placed directly on the numbers themselves (including zero). They can be bets on a single number (straight bets), or - when placed on the line separating the different houses - on combinations of numbers.

Inside bets cover from 1 to 6 numbers and pay from 6x to 36x the original bet. Most of them are available on both single and double zero games, while some (Trio, Basket and Top line) can only be found when playing specific variants of the game.

  • Outside Bets
Outside bets are bets placed outside the grid of numbers. These bets always cover large pools and therefore have higher winning odds, but also less attractive prizes. They are the most popular bets in roulette, especially for beginners.

  • Announced bets (call bets)
Announced bets (also sometimes called call bets) are a special type of bet that a player can announce to the dealer before placing chips on the roulette table. These bets often cover a specific section of the roulette wheel, meaning that the numbers are not next to each other on the roulette table layout as they would be for a regular on or off bet.