How to Play Roulette’s Outside Bets

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Emily Tan Saturday, November 18, 2017

If you are not sure how to play Roulette, then we have the prefect guide to help you understand the game. It is not hard to learn, but some people might avoid playing because they are not sure of all the rules, so here we get down to business and give you the lowdown on the various aspects of this great game.

Firstly, let’s start with some basic terminology:

There are 2 main questions that come up when I explain the rules of Roulette before I even begin to explain the different types of betting options available.

  • What is a coup?

This is the name given to each round of betting and the actual spinning of the Roulette itself, which is called a coup. If someone says I bet the ‘0’ for 5 coups in a row, they effectively mean that they bet the ‘0’ for 3-wheel spins in a row.

  • What is the difference between a croupier and dealer?

There generally is no difference as many people will call the croupier at the Roulette table a dealer. Especially when you hear about LIVE dealer suite games. However, dealers deal cards – that is the rule of thumb. Therefore, a croupier is someone that does something other than deal cards; such as, spins a Roulette wheel.

What are Outside Bets?

If you are not placing your chips directly on the numbers on the Roulette board, then you are betting on Outside Bets. That is to say, you are using the betting options that are around the outside of the numbers area of the Roulette board.

Any outside bets are wagers made on one of ‘5 betting options’ further split into ‘2 further sections’ that give you 2 different styles of pay-out.

  • Even Odds Outside Bets

You will find the even odds pay-out bets right in front of you on most Roulette tables. If you are playing online, then you will see the High/Low, Odd/Even, and Red/Black on the side of the tables closest to your virtual chips.

  • How do even odds bets pay?

Even odds bets pay back even money. This means if you bet 20 RM on an even odd bet and win, you will be paid back 40 RM. This gives you a 20 RM profit.

  • Odd or Even
  • Black or Red
  • Low (1-18) or High (19-36)

You are basically given back your original bet and an equal amount on top for winning the bet. The reason these are paid at even odds is because there is close to a 50% chance you will land a successful bet.

What are the odds of winning the even odds bets?

Remember there is a ‘0’ and if the ball lands on this number, then all outside bets lose. The ‘0’ is where the house has the edge over you. There are 36 numbers, 18 red and 18 black, 18 high and 18 low, as well as 18 odd and 18 even numbers. Add the ‘0’ and there are now 37 numbers.

Rather than 18/36, which is 50%, you have 18/37. This means the house has a 51.4% chance of winning giving it a 1.4% edge of the player. Be careful which Roulette tables you play because some have a ‘0’ and a ‘00’, which are the US style tables – these tables increase the house edge.

  • 2-1 Odds Outside Bets

A Roulette tables has 3 positions horizontally, and 12 positions vertically making a 3×12 grid of numbers. Of course, if you play at SCR888, then you have the 20-number version of the game, which changes things slightly.

Nevertheless, we will stick to traditional Roulette for now.

  • How do 2-1 bets pay?

This table layout caters for 2 bet types that pay 2-1 odds on a Roulette table. This means if you bet 20 RM, you will be paid back 60 RM for a winning bet. You will be given back your 20 RM bet and 40 RM profit.

  • Column Bets

With this style of bet, you will be betting up the table (or the length of the table).

You will see 3 spaces usually marked 2-1 at the bottom of the table. The columns run vertically up the table and each 12 numbers running the length of the table. You can bet on any of the 3 positions.

If any of the numbers in that column land on the coup (spin), then you will be paid according to the 2-1 betting pay-out rule above.

  • Dozen bets

The difference here is you are betting across the table and not up the table (or the width of the table).

Running across the width of the Roulette table are 3 blocks of numbers. To explain this simply, these numbers are 3 sets of grids or chunks of numbers. They are split into grids that are 3×4. 3 across the table (as there are only 3 numbers across), and then along the length of the table, the 12 numbers are split into groups of 4. This makes the 3×4 grids for the column bets possible

Each grid contains 12 numbers. This is the same amount of numbers as in the column bets.

If any of the numbers in the dozen bet grids land on the coup (spin), then once again you are paid according to the 2-1 betting pay-out rule above.

What are the odds of winning dozen and column bets?

You have a 32.40% chance of winning a column bet or dozen bet. In theory, you should land your column or dozen bets at least once every 3 spins. Hence the 2-1 odds. However, because of the ‘0’, all bets will be lost as this does not count in any of the column or dozen bets rows.

With the ‘0’, the house has a slight edge again. I you play on an American Roulette table that has both a ‘0’ and a ‘00’, then the odds are 31.6%. Again the ‘0’ or ‘00’ means the house wins.

Where can I play Roulette online?

Try anyone of the casino we have listed on our homepage.