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American Roulette: The Bet Types

Roulette is an extremely easy to play game and it is a French miniature term for wheel. In the game of roulette, either the player chooses to bet on a sole number or on a range of more than one numbers, black or red colors and on odd or even numbers. The dealer spins the wheel in one direction and the ball into another, the ball loses momentum in due course and stops on any of blocks of the wheel. The major difference American roulette has from other roulette games is that it has additional 00 green compartment. Depending upon where the ball stops winner is decided. To understand the game of American roulette better, we must have brief knowledge about the kind of bets that are placed and their payoffs thereon.

In the game of American roulette, bets can be placed in numerous ways. However, main two types of bets are there that needs to be understood and they are inside bets and outside bets. Let us have a look at each one of these in detail.

Inside Bets:

Under inside bets the player bets on the specific numbers or on a set of numbers. Inside bets can further be of following types.

Single Number:

This bet is also called as Straight Bet and ‘en plein’ in French and pays off at 35 to 1. This bet is placed on only one number and the chip will be placed at the center of the square.

Split Bet:

This bet is placed on 2 numbers by placing the chip in the middle of those two numbers or on the line dividing zero and double zeros. It is called as ‘a cheval’ in French and pays off at 17 to 1.

Street Bet:

This bet is placed on 3 numbers by placing the chip on borderline of the table or at the corresponding row’s end. This bet is called as ‘Transversal’ and pays off 11 to 1.

Double Street Bet:

This bet is placed on 6 numbers by placing the chip on the intersection of two lines on the end of 2 rows having 3 numbers. This bet is called as ‘sixaine’ and pays off 5 to 1.

Corner Bet:

This bet is placed on 4 numbers by placing the chip on the intersection point of those 4 numbers. It is called as ‘carre’ in French and pays off 8 to 1.

Infamous Five Number Bet:

This bet exists only in American roulette and the player bets on 1, 2, 3, 00 and 0. This bet provides highest house advantage as 7.89% as compared to 5.26% and pays off 6 to 1.

Outside Bets:

Under outside bet, a player bets on the color red or black or on the number types even or odd. Outside bet can further be of following types.

Black or Red:

As name says, a player bets either on Red or on Black by placing the chip on any of the color block having no number. The red bet is called ‘rouge’, black is called ‘noir’ in French and it pays off 1 to 1.

Odd or Even:

Here player bets on either even or on odd. Zeroes or double zeroes are neither considered odds nor even and the bets on even and odd are called ‘pair’ and ‘impair’ respectively.

High or Low:

Under this bet player bets on low numbers ranging 1-18 or on high numbers ranging 17-36. The high bets are called as last eighteen or ‘passe’ in French and low bets are called first eighteen and ‘manque’ in French.

Dozens:

A player can bet on the pair of 12 numbers by placing the chip on any one of the 3 blocks marked as 1st 12(1 to 12), 2nd 12(13 to 24), or 3rd 12(25 to 36). The first dozen is called ‘premier douzaine’, second ‘mayenee douzaine’ and last ‘derniere douzaine’ in French and pays off 2 to 1.

Some other Bets in American Roulette also exist such as column and line under which the player bets on the entire column or line and under these bets, 0 and 00 are excluded.

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