The outside bets on a roulette table are the bets that reside 'outside'
of the main playing area of 37 numbers. There are no winning outside bets
for 0 results. Let's have a look at the different types of outside bets:
Color bets: Red bet or Black bet
You can choose to bet on the outcome either being a red number, or a black
number. Place this bet right in the captaincooks shaped areas on the front of
the board, filled in with a red or black color. This is a very common roulette
bet, as it is easy to understand that you have almost half a chance of winning.
People often place the bet making the incorrect assumption that if 5 blacks
were spun, there is a better than 50% chance the sixth spin will be red.
This is not logical, as the roulette wheel cannot 'remember' what it spun
last, and each spin is independent of all previous spins. This bet is paid
Odd bet or Even bet
Similar to the red black bet, this even money bet is based on whether the
number will be odd or even. Since 0 does not count as either, there are
36 numbers, an even count between odd and even. Place this bet by putting
your chips in the middle of the square marked 'even' or the square marked
'odd', which reside on either side of the black / red betting area.
Low bet or high bet
Roulette rules allow ranges of numbers to be bet on. The low/high bet lets
you predict whether you think the next number to come up will be part of
the range from 1 to 18, or part of the range from 19 to 36. This is an even
money bet. To place this bet put your chips in the boxes with the associated
number range printed in them.
At one end of the set of 37 numbers are boxes with the words '2 to 1' written
in them. Each box is part of a column of numbers if you extend a line up
the body of the inside of the betting area. If a number from within the
column you are betting on comes up you win, and are paid 2 to 1. Although
not grouped with the others, this is still considered an outside bet.
Dozen or section bet
A bet very similar to the columns bet, dozens lets you place a bet on either
the first dozen numbers (1-12), the second dozen (13-24), or the third dozen
(25-36) To place this bet find the rectangular areas located in between
the outside bets and the inside board spread. These will usually be labelled
with the words 1st 12, 2nd 12, and 3rd 12. The bet pays 2 to 1.
The inside bets
The inside bets are made up of specific numbers or combinations of numbers
within the number layout, or along the border of it. Remember, the total
of all of your bets must add up to at least the table minimum.
This is the simple roulette bet. Choosing any one of the 37 numbers and
putting your chips down on that number will give you a chance to win back
at 35 to 1.
Roulette rules allow you to place a single bet on two different numbers
if those numbers are beside each other on the table layout. To do so put
your chips down on the line between them. This bet pays 17 to 1 if either
number comes up.
This is a bet not unlike the split. It allows you to bet on three different
numbers with the same bet. You can do this by placing chips on the outside
of the row of numbers you want to bet on. So if you want to bet on the numbers
1, 2, and 3 all at once, put your chips down on the line that is the outside
edge of the 3. This bet pays 11 to 1.
Corner or square bet
Roulette rules also allow for other combinations. Another combination wager,
the corner bet, lets you bet on four adjoining numbers. Placing your chips
at the point where four numbers meet will indicate you want a corner bet.
This is sometimes referred to as a square bet. If any of the four numbers
come up, you're paid 8 to 1.
Five number bet
To make this bet place your chips at the intersection of 0 and 3 on the
corner. You can win if any of 0, 00, 1, 2, or 3 are hit. You are paid 8