Before you head off to play a little Roulette at your favorite online casino, it might be helpful to make sure you understand certain aspects of the game. At the most basic level, there are two types of wagering categories. They are commonly referred to as inside bets and outside bets. Let’s take a look at both categories as a way to prepare you for what lies ahead.
Inside bets include single number bets (odds of 35-1) and all of the possible combination bets that can be created from by placing chips in certain areas among the single numbered spots. Here’s a run down on the legend of available combination bets.
Split – two numbers either vertically or horizontally connected (odds of 17-1).
Street – Three numbers in a horizontal line (odds of 11-1).
Corner – Four numbers that share a common corner (odds of 8-1).
Double Street – Two consecutive horizontal rows that combine to cover six numbers (odds of 5-1).
Trio – Bet includes three connected numbers with at least one of them being one of the green zeros (odds of 11-1)
Basket – Bet includes first four numbers (0, 1, 2, 3) on French Roulette only (odd of 8-1).
Top Line – Bet includes fist five numbers (0, 00, 1, 2, 3) on American Roulette only.
Looking at the game board, you will note there are a number of wagering choices outlining all the individual numbers that sit in the middle of the board. All of those options on the outside are considered outside bets. They include low numbers (1-18)/high numbers (19-36), odd/even, red/black, dozen bet (1-12, 13-24, 25-36) and the column bet ( 3 vertical columns). All of these bets carry wagering odds of 2-1 or less, making them much easier to track.
As you can clearly see, the outside bets offer a more conservative betting approach. For players looking to use a popular system like the Martingale System, the even money bets would make up the target area. On inside bets, there’s more risk and more reward. It’s quite common to see experienced players use a combination of outside and inside bets to create winning opportunities. With that said, there really isn’t a specific system that is full proof enough to put the odds in the player’s favor. At all times and in all circumstances, the house’s advantage is 2.7% on French Roulette wheels and 5.4% on American Roulette wheels.
You should now have a clear understanding of the differences between inside and outside bets. If given the choice, you would be much better off playing French Roulette games, which cuts the house’s advantage in half over American Roulette. If you want to focus on inside bets, you might want to consider spreading your bets around and covering the board a bit. If outside bets appeal to your conservative side, larger bets on one particular spot might be the best possible strategy.