Sunday, October 6, 2013

E-49: Roulette: Inside Bets

Inside bets on roulette can become confusing to some players and be too overwhelming to give a shot. If you look at each possible bet separately, you'll see that they are quite simple.

Inside bets are those that you play on the number field of the table. There are six kinds of inside bets to choose from:

  • Straight
  • Split
  • Street
  • Corner
  • Five Numbers
  • Six Numbers

You must ensure that when you play the inside field that you place your chips in the exact right spot. The slightest misplacement can result in your chips being dragged in by the dealer.
Payouts on the inside bets are considerably higher as the odds of hitting them is also much higher.

Straight Bets: This is the bet with the highest return. In this bet you simply place your chip on a number. If it comes up you are paid at 35 to 1

Split Bets: This is a bet that covers two numbers. Place your chip on the line that separates the two numbers and if either come up on the wheel you are paid at 17 to 1.

Street Bets: This covers a row of three consecutive numbers. Simply place your chip on the outside line of the row you want to play. If any of the three numbers in that row come up you are paid out at 11 to 1.

Corners: As the name suggests, you simply place your chip on the corner of the 4 numbers you want to bet on. This bet pays out at 8 to 1.

Five Number Bet: Sometimes called the "Top Line Bet" covers 0, 00, 1, 2, and 3. This is the only bet where you can cover five numbers at once. This bet is inadvisable as the house edge is 7% and pays out at 6 to 1.

Six Number Bet: This bet covers two rows of three consecutive numbers. Similar to the street bet, but you are covering two adjoining rows. For this you are paid at 5 to 1.

Most casinos have $1 roulette tables, meaning you can place $1 on any inside bet, but usually must place a minimum of $10 across the board and $5 on the outside bets.