Call bets, also known as French bets, are a special category of wagers in roulette and are usually accepted at higher-stake tables in brick-and-mortar casinos. Players can make this type of wager simply by “calling” what they wish to bet on rather than placing the chips on the table themselves. In fact, only croupiers are allowed to place the chips for call bets on the layout. This makes it easier for players to bet on more complex combinations of numbers.
Sometimes, call bets are accepted when there is a crowd surrounding the table – in such cases, some players have no other option but to call their bets because they cannot come near enough to the table and place the chips on their own.
Call bets are often mistaken with announced bets, yet there is a difference between the two. When players “call” their bets, they actually do not have any chips on the layout. The croupier simply marks the bet on the table for them. However, in many gambling venues, especially those in the UK, call bets are prohibited because this practice is considered betting on credit.
Many landbased casinos, however, do accept announced bets. High-stake players can still call or announce their bets as long as they have a sufficient amount of chips on the layout to cover their wagers. Call bets cover series of numbers, located in specific sections of the wheel. The name of each type of call bet is actually derived from the numbers’ positions on the spinning device.
Interestingly, one gets the chance to place these complex bets from the comfort of their home as many online casinos offer roulette variations where call bets are available. Popular options include Common Draw Roulette by Betsoft, Microgaming’s Diamond edition of Premier Roulette, and Playtech’s 3D Roulette, among many others. Players are usually required to switch to expert (or advanced) mode in order to place call bets in the online variations of the game. Read on if you are interested in becoming more familiar with the types of call bets in roulette.
Les Voisins du Zéro or Neighbours of Zero
One of the most popular call bets is the so-called Les Voisins du Zéro which translates as Neighbours of Zero. This call bet includes all 17 numbers that lie between numbers 22 and 25 (including these two) on the wheel. The numbers are as follows – 22, 18, 29, 7, 28, 12, 35, 3, 26, 0, 32, 15, 19, 4, 21, 2 and 25. Please note this type of bet can be placed in European roulette only since the numbers, surrounding the zero on the American roulette wheel are arranged in a different sequence.
The Neighbours of Zero bet takes nine chips which are placed on several splits. Five of the chips are placed on the splits of 4-7, 12-15, 18-21, 19-22, and 32-35. Two chips are staked as a split bet at the intersection with numbers 0, 2 and 3 and the other two are placed as a corner bet, covering numbers 25, 26, 28 and 29.
Interestingly enough, this call bet did not originate in France. Its origins can be traced back to German gambling venues where they were referred to as Zero Spiel or Zero Game. Jeu Zero bets cover only seven numbers – those that are located the closest to the single-zero pocket on the wheel, including the zero itself. This includes numbers 12, 35, 3, 26, 0, 32, and 15. Of course, the Neighbours of Zero bet also covers the said numbers, but in Jeu Zero, only four chips are required to place the bet. So, 1 chip is staked as a split bet on 0-3, another chip is staked on the split between 12-15, a third chip is placed on number 26 as a straight up bet and the last chip – on the split between 32-35.
The payout for winning Jeu Zero bets depends on the number the ball lands on. If number 26 comes up, players are paid out 36 to 1, but if any of the remaining six numbers are spun, the payout will be 18 to 1.
Les Finales or Final Bets
There are two variations of Final bets. The first one is the so-called Finales en Plein in which case players can bet on numbers ending with the same digit. An example would be a Finales en Plein bet on numbers 0, 10, 20 and 30. It is important to mention that for numbers ending in 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, four chips are used, while for the numbers which end in 7, 8 and 9, the players need three chips. This is so because only three numbers on the European roulette wheel have 7, 8 or 9 as final digits.
The Finales a Cheval is another variation of Final bets which is placed on splits of numbers ending with the same digit. For split bets on 0-1, 1-2, 2-3, 4-5 and 5-6, the player will need five chips. Split bets on 0-3, 1-4, 2-5, 3-6, 7-8 and 8-9 require four chips. Three chips are used for the pairs of 4-7, 5-8, 6-9, 7-10, 8-11 and 9-12.
In some online roulette variations, Microgaming’s Premier Roulette for example, players can place Finales Cheval Plein bets. This type of Final bet involves both split and straight up bets. An example of Finales Cheval Plein would be a bet on 1-2 (split), 11-12 (split), straight up on numbers 21 and 22, and 31-32 (split). Combining split bets and straight up bets is necessary in this case because of the design of the table layout. Since numbers 21 and 22 are not located next to each other, it is impossible to place a split bet on them.
Tiers du Cylindre or Third of the Wheel
Tiers du Cylindre bets cover one-third of the wheel and are placed on 12 numbers located between 33 and 27. This section of the wheel includes the following sequence – 27,13, 36, 11, 30, 8, 23, 10, 5, 24, 16 and 33.
The wager involves six chips which are placed on the six splits of 5-8, 10-11, 13-16, 23-24, 27-30 and 33-36. Winning Tiers du Cylindre bets have a payout of 17 to 1.
Les Orphelins or the Orphans
This type of bet covers the two remaining sections of the wheel outside the Tiers and Voisins and features a total of eight numbers. Three of the numbers (17, 34 and 6) are located to the right of the single-zero pocket, while the other five (1, 20, 14, 31 and 9) are positioned to the left of the zero.
The bet is made with five chips. Four of the chips are placed on the splits between 31-34, 17-20, 14-17 and 6-9 and the remaining chip is placed as a straight up bet on number 1.