ROULETTE ODDS AND PAYOUTS
HOW ODDS AND PAYOUTS WORK
The odds and payouts in roulette vary significantly with how you bet. There’s a wide range of bets you can place –some of which offer relatively good odds at the casino with payouts of 1:1, while other bets offer bigger payouts with lower odds.
Inside bets have lower odds but they offer bigger payouts. Below are all of the inside betting options, their odds/payouts and how to place them on the table.
You will often see odds referred to as “35:1” or “35 to 1”. This means if you bet $1, you’ll win $35.
Straight Up Bet
Winning bet on a single number
Place chip on a single number
Winning bet on 2 numbers
Place chip on the line between two numbers
Winning bet on 3 numbers
Place chip on outside border of three numbers
Winning bet on 4 numbers
Place where all four numbers intersect
The Top Line
Winning bet on 5 numbers
Place chip on 5 numbers (00, 0, 1, 2, and 3) at intersection of the dividing lines between 0 and 1
The Line Bet
Winning bet on 6 numbers
Place chip so bet overlaps 2 different rows of numbers
Outside bets have the best odds – but they offer lower payouts. Below are all of the outside betting options, their odds/payouts and how to place them on the table.
This is a good betting strategy for beginners just getting a feel for the game.
You will often see odds referred to as “1:1” or “1 to 1”, for example. This means if you bet $1, you’ll win $1.
Winning bet on high or low number
Place chip on “19-36” for high and on “1-18” for low
Winning bet on red or black
Place bet on “RED” or “BLACK” on table
Winning bet on even or odd number
Place bet on “EVEN” or “ODD” on table
Winning bet on column of 12 numbers
Place bet on the “2 TO 1” area of desired column
Winning bet on a particular dozen
Place bet on your choice of either “1st DOZEN”, “2nd DOZEN” or “3rd DOZEN”
Roulette Bet with the Worst Odds
You’re probably wondering what the worst odds are in roulette. That would be the Top Line (5-number) bet. The payout is 6 to 1 – less than the true odds. The average percentage of wagers that the house keeps, known as the house edge, on this particular bet is 7.29%! It’s much higher than the average house edge for American roulette, which is 5.26%.