Roulette is probably the most loved games in the casino by virtually every niche of gamer – after all no other game re-creates the magic and glitz of Las Vegas so beautifully on the Internet. However, with so many bets to place at the roulette table – should you go for high paying numbers or frequent low level wins? Check out the expert thoughts on the best kind of roulette bets…
Understanding roulette odds
When you first set eyes on a roulette table, be it in down town Las Vegas or one of the cool 3D online roulette reels – the first thing that strikes you it there are so many numbers and sections to put your chips on! You can aim high and try and turn your 1.00 chip into serious money by betting on a single number, or alternatively bet conservatively on red or black for even money returns. However, is there any logic behind choosing your bets?
- Odd, Even, Red, Black, 1-18, 19-36: 1:1
- 1 to 12, 13-24, 25-36: 2:1
- 6 numbers: 5:1
- 0, 00, 1, 2, 3 combos: 6:1
- 4 number combs: 8:1
- 3 number combos: 11:1
- 2 number combos: 17:1
- 1 number: 35:1
In theory, the roulette table is designed to offer the same chance of payout success, regardless of what kind of bet you select. For example, if you were to bet on the number 8 with 100,000 spins of 5.00, or alternatively one red 100,000 times – in ‘theory’ you’d end-up with the same bank balance (a small loss). So you see – roulette doesn’t really favour any specific numbers.
However, when you play roulette, you’re not really playing with 100,00 bets – you’re playing with a small snap-shot scenario. Many roulette experts therefore suggest that because bets such as red and black have a near 50:50 chance, you have a better chance of predicting them correctly. There’s a story from Vegas about a British man who risked his re-mortgaged house on an even money red bet, and won! Now, although he could have put it all on a single number (which is of course just as profitable in the long term as betting on an even money selection) – you’d never want to do that in a million years!
This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to avoid betting on long-odds bets, but many experienced roulette gamers do favour a strategy where by you focus on the ‘bread and butter’ payouts with high strike bets. Then – you can strategically or periodically bet on long shots as and when you think the time is right. You can also try and cover you long-shot bet with an even money or dozen wager; for example, 1 credit on 1-12, and 1 credit on number 6. The options are endless with online roulette – and in theory there is no right or wrong way to play the game – so use your instinct, luck and experience to find the way to regular winning success.