Roulette Payouts

Published: 08/04/2012
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Although the table layouts and wheels used for American Roulette and European Roulette differ somewhat, owing to the extra bank slot (Double Zero) for the former game, the payouts are identical. That includes the amounts paid for straight-up wagers on single numbers inside the field as well as even-money bets on the outside.

Knowing the payouts are exactly the same, it makes good sense to play the European version of Roulette when given the opportunity. It features a much lower House edge than its American counterpart—2.70% instead of 5.26%. For that reason, all of the examples that follow refer to European Roulette, unless otherwise indicated.

All of the game’s “even money” wagers are placed “outside” the field. They include bets on Red, Black, Even, Odd, Low (1~18) and High (19~36). Every even-money wager covers exactly eighteen numbers, and a successful wager on any of them will pay 1-to-1. However, players should know that the true odds of winning are not 50:50. The bank slot, Single Zero, provides the House with a slight edge of 19:18, which is closer to 51:49. Anyone who bets on the even-money areas exclusively will find that it’s sure and steady way to lose gradually in the long term.

Among the most popular outside bets are wagers on groups of a dozen numbers paying 2-to-1. These groups include the three vertical columns that stretch down from 1 to 34, 2 to 35 and 3 to 36 as well as the three sequential dozens comprising 1~12, 13~24 and 25~36. Once more, the real odds are not 24:12, which would make 2-to-1 a fair payout. Instead, the true ratio is 25:12, tilting bets made here to the House’s favour.

Combination of bets placed on the outside can improve the chances of getting a winner on every spin. For instance, rather than wagering solely on the High (19~36), bet one unit on the first dozen (1~12) and two units on the High, thus covering 30 out of the 37 numbers. This combination wager wins one unit if the High is successful and breaks even if one of the twelve low numbers comes up.

Those who seek greater rewards for taking risks will want to concentrate their wagering on the “inside” of the field, where the 37 numbers of the roulette table layout can be bet individually or in groups. Making a “straight-up” bet on a single winning number produces the greatest payout at 35-to-1. Players typically make several straight-up wagers in combination on each spin, following hunches, picking lucky numbers or backing previous winning numbers to repeat.

Apart from single number bets, inside wagers placed directly on the field of numbers include groups of two adjacent numbers (splits or pairs) that pay 17-to-1, groups of three numbers (trios, streets or rows) paying 11-to-1, and groups of four numbers (corners or blocks) worth 8-to-1. Wagering is also possible on six numbers in combination (a six-line or double row), with a payout of 5-to-1.

Another betting option offered at some tables, especially in France and Macau, is “sector betting.” It involves wagering on sections of the wheel, such as the four “quadrants,” each of which contains nine numbers. The quadrants are positioned counterclockwise from the zero and are referred to simply as Quadrants 1, 2, 3 and 4. No betting areas for these appear on the table. Instead, the croupier must be asked to place the wager in a process known as “call betting.” The croupier will hold the wager until the result is known, and a winning selection will pay 3-to-1.

Other types of call bets are “orphans,” “neighbours” and “friends of zero,” and not every casino offers them. Such exotic sector wagers should be avoided initially. Concentrate instead on patterns of inside and outside bets, perhaps combining them with a betting system. That is the most likely way to create a steady stream of payouts.

One other wager that should be mentioned exists only on the American table layout. It is a group of five numbers (0-00-1-2-3), which pays 6-to-1 when successful. Note, however, that this combination gives the House a very unfair advantage; the true odds are 33:5 against, rather than the 30:5 one might expect, making it one of the worst Roulette bets possible.

Published on: 08/04/2012

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