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    What kind of bets can you make on an online roulette game? Let's explore your options right here in our quick guide.

    Best Roulette Bets


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    Roulette is a simple game - but there are a number of ways you can bet

    Once you start playing roulette, you will realise that one of the appeals of the game is the fact that there are so many different bets that you can make. This gives the game great longevity as building a strategy and learning which bets are more likely to win can take time. However, it is really worth getting to understand all the different bet combinations, the odds they offer and how to play them in order to maximise your chances of winning. 

    Bets are divided into various categories, from inside and outside bets to the racetrack and even bets. You will find certain bets that are applicable to specific versions of the game, and also special bets that apply in individual casinos. 

    Working out which are the best roulette bets for you can be difficult and the best advise is to learn as much as you can about the game and the possible bets you can make and use this information to build a roulette winning strategy. Another critical trick to working out which bets are best is to study the statistics to work out any trends in previous games. 

    Most online casinos will offer statistical information during the game, and this will include such things as the winning numbers for the last games and hot and cold numbers. This information combined with the payout odds for each bet combination can be used to help players work out how to best play the game. 

    Roulette French Bets

    The game of roulette originated in France, and the French table version is still very popular in online casinos across the globe. Roulette French bets are specific to the French table so to play them they must be indicated on the betting mat. If they are, they are considered slightly more complex bets and advised for more experienced players, however, they are worth learning about so you can use them as and when you are ready. 

    There are three French bets, and these basically give you the ability to have multiple bets with just one chip. If you have the French bets available you are looking for Tiers, Orphelins and Voisins on the betting mat, these are areas that will have those names attached to them. The bets can be made in various combinations, and all of them cover a group of numbers but can get a little complicated so learning how they work is paramount. In order to make a bet, you must announce your intentions, and the computer or live dealer will repeat your bet back to you. 

    They are often overlooked due to the fact they are more complicated in nature and harder to understand, which is of course why they are recommended for the experienced player. That said a correctly placed French bet would carry a healthy payout so well worth making if you can get to grips with the rules behind them. It is something to be aware of when you are learning the ropes. 

    Roulette Special Bets

    Roulette special bets will vary from casino to casino, and depending on the variation of roulette being played. French bets are one example of special bets, and they are often called announced bets as in order to play them you have to announce them as you stake your bet. Neighbours is one of the most common special bets and are usually found in the European and French tables. 

    A neighbours bet covers five numbers, the main number you choose and the four neighbours that surround it on the betting mat. If for example, you announce 5 neighbours you are effectively betting on 5, 24, 16, 10 and 23. In some casinos, you can decide how many neighbouring numbers are included, and they allow up to eight; however, this is not the case everywhere, and the above bet is the traditional way to make a neighbours bet. If a Finals bet is available you are basically betting on the last digit of the number, so 3 Final means you are covering 3,13, 23 and 33. 

    Due to the nature of online roulette and the fact that information can be clearly conveyed on the screen, software design companies are coming up with new and different bets all the time. Microgaming, for example, offers a chip bomb bet in one of the tables, the Premier Roulette Diamond Edition which enables you to bet on one number and all those around it if a bomb spread was being applied. 

    Roulette Even Money Bets

    Roulette even money bets refer to a number of bets in roulette that basically offer stakes with a payout of 1 to 1 - so your potential winnings will be your stake, say £10 plus the winning of the same value £10. These bets are described as 50/50 or the toss of a coin. 

    For example, a black bet has only two possible outcomes it lands on black, or it lands on red. The green zero is considered the house advantage on this particular bet as it is the exception to the rule. If you bet on say a dozen, there are three possible outcomes, 1st, 2nd or 3rd, so this is not an even money bet. However, black, red, odd, even and high and low bets are considered to be even bets, even though the exact odds, because of the single zero on European wheels and the double zero in the American version are not 50/50. 

    An even money bet is still considered to be a relatively safe punt and something that is advised for those new to the game. It offers a relatively high rate of success and can mean you are able to play for longer as you will lose some but generally win some too. This means that if you have come to study statistics and learn from other players, you can sit at the table and play for longer without breaking your bankroll. It is fair to say you will never make a lot of money just playing even money bets, but it is a tactic that is worth using at certain times.