Roulette is one of the casino games where players get to choose between a wide range of bets. Some are riskier than others, but generally, the types of bets in the game can be divided into two major categories – inside and outside bets. Inside bets are placed in the centre of the table’s layout on individual numbers or on specific combinations of numbers. Inside bets involve a higher risk for players as one’s chances of winning with such wagers are smaller. However, it is well worth it since inside bets have larger payouts when compared to outside bets.
The Straight Up Bet
Straight Up bets are placed on an individual number on the table layout. Players get to choose any number they like from 1 to 36 but inside bets can also be placed on the zero (or the double-zero in American roulette).
When players want to make a Straight Up bet, they are expected to place their chips in the middle of the number box for their chosen number. The chips are not supposed to touch the outlines of the number box. Provided that there are several players who wish to place a bet on the same number, their chips are stacked in a pile, so that they can be placed in the centre of the box. Players can place as many Straight Up bets as they wish.
Winning Straight Up bets have a payout of 35 to 1. For example, if a player wagers £1 on number 9 and wins, they will collect a total of £36 – their original wager plus net profit of £35. Please note the true odds of winning with a Straight Up bet are 37 to 1.
The Split Bet
The Split is a combination bet which covers two adjacent numbers on the layout. With Split bets, players are expected to place their chips on the line between the two adjacent numbers they have chosen. Remember, the two numbers you want to cover are adjacent on the table layout but they are not located next to one another on the wheel. Winning Split bets pay out 17 to 1.
The Street bet is also referred to as a Row bet because it covers three consecutive numbers on any given row on the layout – 13, 14 and 15, for instance. Players are expected to place their chips on the line located to the right of the three numbers they want to cover with their Street bet. In other words, the chips should be placed on the line next to the first number on the row. In this case, this would be number 13. Street bets have a payout of 11 to 1.
The Square or Corner Bet
The Square or Corner is yet another combination bet which covers a cluster of four numbers on the table layout. To place one such bet, the player is required to put a chip or a stack of chips in the very centre of the cluster, where the vertical and horizontal lines of the four numbers intersect. Keep in mind the chip or stack of chips should touch the corners of all four numbers. Winning Square bets pay out 8 to 1.
The Six Line or Quint Bet
As the name itself suggests, Six Line bets, also known as Quint bets, cover six consecutive numbers on the table layout. This, however, does not mean the numbers are located next to one another on the wheel. The Six Line bet is often referred to as Double Street because the players get to wager on two consecutive rows. For example, a Six Line bet will cover numbers 25, 26 and 27 on one row and numbers 28, 29 and 30 on the row below. To place this type of inside bet, players need to put their chips to the right, on the line between the rows of numbers they want to cover. A winning Six Line bet has a payout of 5 to 1.
The Five Number Bet
The Five Number bet, also known as a Sucker or Basket bet, can be placed only in a game of American roulette where there are single-zero and double-zero pockets. As the name itself suggests, players can cover five consecutive numbers with a single chip, namely 0, 00, 1, 2, and 3. The chips for this bet are placed on the line between the zeros and the first row of numbers. Should the ball land on one of these five numbers, the player will be paid out at the rate of 6 to 1.
This type of bet should not be confused with the Four Number bet – a wager which can be placed only on a French roulette table where the La Partage rule applies. The Four Number bet is also placed on 0, 1, 2, and 3 only, but its odds are better.
Five Number bets are considered the worst type of wager to make on a roulette table, so players are recommended to steer clear of them. In American roulette, the house edge is 5.26% on all inside and outside bets, the Five Number bet being the only exception – it gives the house a whooping advantage of 7.9%.