Roulette Inside Bets

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The game of roulette offers players a large selection of bets they can make in any round of play. The bets are divided into two main categories; ‘inside bets’ and ‘outside bets’. Players are allowed to mix different types of bets during each round of play.

This article will explore all issues relating to inside bets. Let us just come out and say that overall inside bets are not favorable to the player and it is usually recommended to stay away from them and focus on outside bets.

That said we do understand that for some types of roulette players inside bets are ideal. These players seek the excitement that high risks and high rewards have to offer, and are completely aware of the risks they are taking with their hard-earned cash.

What are Inside Bets?

Roulette inside bets offer very high payouts but have a low probability of being successful. In other words; the odds of making a winning inside bet are low so the casino needs to entice players with big payouts.

Inside bets are made on a single number or a combination of up to 6 adjacent numbers and each type of inside bet has its own odds and payout offered.

Types of Inside Bets

European roulette has five types of inside bets. American roulette offers these five types and one additional inside bet that is exclusive to American roulette.

Straight Up Bet

Called “En plein” in French, this is a bet on a single number and it needs to be made by placing your chips on the roulette table layout in the middle of the area box for the number you wish to bet on. You are allowed to make more than one ‘straight up’ bet.

The Odds of winning a ‘straight up’ bet when playing European roulette are 37-to-1 and in American roulette they are 38-to-1. Both types of roulette offer a payout of 35-to-1 for a winning ‘straight up’ bet. Therefore if you have to make a ‘straight up’ bet do so when playing European roulette as you have a bigger chance of succeeding than American roulette for the same type of payout.

Split Bet

Called “Cheval” in French, this is a bet made on two adjoining numbers that are connected to one another either vertically or horizontally. It offers a payout of 17-to-1.

Street Bet

Called “Transversale” in French, this is a bet made on three numbers that are located on the same horizontal line on the roulette table layout. It offers a payout of 11-to-1.

Corner Bet

Called “Carre” in French, this is a bet made on a corner that is the meeting point of four different numbers. The bet is made by placing chips on the middle point of four numbers on the roulette table layout. It offers a payout of 8-to-1.

Double Street Bet

Called “Sixainne” in French, this is a bet made on two adjoining streets (horizontal line of three numbers). It offers a payout of 5-to-1.

Top Line Bet

Sometimes referred to as ‘five line’ bet, this is a bet that is available only on American roulette. The bet is made on the numbers 0, 00, 1, 2 and 3 by placing your chips on the corner of 0 and 1 or the corner of 00 and 3. It offers a payout of 6-to-1.

The Benefits of Inside Bets

One of the best feelings in the world is the feeling of winning a ‘straight up’ bet when playing roulette. The low chances of making a successful ‘straight up’ bet and the big payout of 35-to-1 offered for a successful ‘straight up’ bet make the experience an exhilarating one.

This is especially true when making a ‘straight up’ bet on a special date, like your birthday or anniversary, or on your “lucky number”.

The Pitfalls of Inside Bets

Focusing on inside bets when playing roulette is a sure way of getting rid of your bankroll very quickly. If you must make inside bets, try to combine them with outside bets in order to increase your chances of winning some bets that will pay for all your losing inside bets.

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