Many people, when they begin their experience of online casino play, head straight for the roulette wheel – as much as anything because it is something they recognise. We’ve all seen the classic casino game being played and we all understand how it works. You pick a bet, the wheel spins, and you either win or lose. You can see immediately how the ball lands – on a specific number, which falls into certain sub-groups. Red or black, odd or even, 1-18 or 19-36, and so on. A lot of the joy of online roulette is in this simplicity.

There are many different ways to play roulette, and specifically to bet on roulette. You can be bold and go for a higher value bet, with the chance of winning big but a greater likelihood of losing. You can, alternatively, play it relatively safe and go with the percentages. If you bet Red or Black, or any similarly even-money bet, your chances of winning are vastly increased. And because they are so increased, the amount you will win on these bets is relatively small – you’ll get back your stake, plus the same amount again, so your balance rises by the amount of 1x your stake.


Roulette Bets

What are the higher value bets?

At any casino you’ll find on, there will be multiple versions of roulette – there will, generally, at least be American and European Roulette in various forms. The layout of the wheels in these games differs, and the likelihood of a win differs too. Nonetheless, in an American Roulette game, the payout for a winning number bet is 35:1, just as it is in European. This is despite the fact that in European Roulette, your number has a 1 in 37 chance of coming up, while in the American version that is a 1 in 38 chance. The winning payout for one of two neighbouring numbers, similarly, is 17:1 no matter which version you play, despite it being harder to achieve in American Roulette.

So you should play European Roulette?

Yes. The probability for your bet to come off, whatever your bet may be, is greater in the European version of the game, meaning the house has a lower edge. The only caveats to this are if the version of roulette is different somehow – in some cases, souped-up versions of roulette will pay out more if the ball lands on a specific pre-chosen number. In French Roulette, meanwhile, players who bet on an even-money outcome are given back half of their stake if the ball lands on 0. Not every casino has a version of French Roulette, though.

What are the even-money bets? 

There are three types of bet you can make that have a nearly 50/50 chance of coming off (the green 0 means that it’s closer to 1 in 2.06, while in American Roulette the extra 00 makes it 1 in 2.11). These bets are Red or Black, Odd or Even, or Low/High which splits the table in half from 1-18 and 19-36. There are also slightly more adventurous bets that pay out at 2 to 1, and these are the Dozens (1-12, 13-24 and 25-36) or Columns, which split the betting field into three and pay out if the ball lands on one of those numbers. Other, more esoteric bets are also signposted on the table if you want to increase your risk/reward.

By Maya