Roulette: How to Place Bets

One of the more intimidating aspects of roulette is figuring out how to place a bet on exactly what you want. The table is large, and parts of the layout can be confusing at first glance, especially if you want to make more exotic bets. However, it’s really not that hard; figure out how to place a roulette bet can be learned in just a few minutes.

When you first get to a roulette table, you’ll have to exchange your cash or casino chips for special roulette chips. These chips don’t have any dollar value on them; your dealer or croupier will make a note as to how much each of your chips is worth, which you can determine when you first start playing. Each player has chips of a different color, so that you can make bets all over the table without confusing them with another player’s chips.

Now that you have your chips, it’s time to make some bets! Let’s start with the simplest roulette bet to make: the “straight-up” bet that allow you to bet on a single number. If you’d like to bet on a single number, simply place your chips on top of that number on the board. If another player has already placed chips on that number, you can stack your chips on top of theirs. This bet pays 35-1 if your number is hit.

You can also make a single bet that covers more than one number. For instance, you might want to make a bet that covers two consecutive numbers on the board, like 10 and 11. To do this, place your chips on the line intersecting the two numbers you want to bet on. Now you’ll win if either of those two numbers hit, though the payout is smaller (17-1).

If you’d like to bet on a “street,” or a row of three numbers, you can place your chips at the edge of that row on the game board. Your bet will pay out 11-1 if the ball lands on any of the three numbers in that row.

You can also bet on four or six numbers in the same manner. If you’d like to make a “corner” bet, which covers any four numbers on the board that make a square, you can place your chips at the point where those four numbers intersect (right in between all four). This bet pays 8-1. You can bet on two adjoining rows, known as a “six line” bet, by placing your chips where the two rows intersect on the same edge you’d normally put a street bet. If any number in those two rows is hit, you’ll get paid 5-1.

There are other roulette bets known as outside bets, which are made outside of the area where the numbers are printed. Below the printed numbers, you’ll find the column bets, which allow you to bet on all 12 numbers in any of the three columns. If you place chips on one of these spots, you’ll win if any number in that column wins, with odds of 2-1. On the side of the numbers is the similar “dozens” bet, where you can bet on the numbers 1-12, 13-24, or 25-36 being hit on the next spin, also at 2-1 odds.

The rest of the outside roulette bets pay even money. These bets include betting on red or black, odd or even, and 1-18 or 19-36. Each of these bets has a clearly marked spot for you to place your bets.

There’s one other bet worth mentioning on American roulette tables – the top line bet. This bet can be made at the intersection between 0, 00, 1, 2 and 3, and wins if the ball stops on any of those numbers. This bet pays 6-1, giving it a house edge of 7.9%, making it the worst bet on the roulette table. Every other roulette bet carries the same house edge – 5.26% in American roulette, and 2.70% in European roulette.

When you make a bet at a roulette table, be sure to do so before the ball is put into the wheel. After the ball has gone in and made a few rotations, the dealer will signal that all bets are final. Once the winning number is determined, a marker is placed on that number. All winning bets are paid out, and the losing bets are removed from the table. After the marker is removed, you’re free to begin betting again.

As long as you’re careful about where to place your chips, you shouldn’t have any trouble making roulette bets even if you’re new to the game. However, if you still have any confusion during play, you don’t have to panic or guess: it’s okay to ask the dealer to help you place your bet.