The amount you stand to win on any roulette bet necessarily depends on the spin of the wheel. The ball will land where it lands, and there’s very little you can do to influence that outcome. However, it is possible to play the odds to your advantage, and to optimise your roulette play with better knowledge of how the game works and your available betting options.
So what is the layout of the roulette wheel numbers, the set up of the numbers and the payouts by bet, and how can you play these to your maximum advantage for the best results?
Roulette Wheel Numbers Layout
There are two main different types of roulette, which will influence the appearance and layout of the roulette wheel. In European roulette, there are 37 pockets on the wheel, each with its own number or colour. These are divided in 18 blacks and 18 reds, with an additional green zero pocket. In American roulette, there is an additional pocket, which appears on the wheel as a second double-0 green.
European Roulette Wheel Numbers
Clockwise from zero, a European roulette wheel runs 0-32-15-19-4-21-2-25-17-34-6-27-13-36-11-30-8-23-10-5-24-16-33-1-20-14-31-9-22-18-29-7-28-12-35-3-26.
American Roulette Wheel Numbers
The American roulette wheel is distributed differently and runs 0-28-9-26-30-11-7-20-32-17-5-22-34-15-3-24-36-13-1-00-27-10-25-29-12-8-19-31-18-6-21-33-16-4-23-35-14-2.
Players choose a single number to bet against, and will be paid out if the ball lands on that number, in the most basic option available in the game. But in reality, there are many different bet types and payout structures available, each with their own rates of return.
Payouts By Bet Type
There are two different classifications of roulette bets available to you – inside bets and outside bets. These correspond to the roulette table layout, and bets are executed by placing your chips on the relevant space on the layout.
Inside bets are so called because they correspond to the central, or inside area of the table layout. The most obvious of these is the straight, or single, which is the single number bet we’ve already touched on. This already posts returns of 35-1, though the true odds are 36-1, accounted for by the additional zero on the wheel. In American roulette, payout is still 35-1, though the true odds are 37-1, so savvy players often prefer European roulette to American roulette for the slimmer house edge.
The other inside bets available include:
Split: a bet on two adjacent numbers on the layout, pays 17-1
Street: a bet on three consecutive numbers, pays 11-1
Square/Corner: a bet on four numbers, pays 8-1
Six Line: a bet on six numbers from any two rows, pays 5-1
Trio: a bet on three numbers including the zero, pays 11-1
First Four: a bet on the first four numbers from zero, pays 6-1
Outside bets are those that are located around the perimeter of the layout. The available outside bets are as follows:
Low or High: a bet that the number falls with the lower, or higher range, pays evens
Red or Black: a bet on whether the winning number is red or black, pays evens
Odd or Even: a bet on whether the winning number is odd or even, pays evens
Dozen: a bet on any of the three dozens, pays 2-1
Column: a bet on any of the three layout columns, pays 2-1
Snake: a special bet on 1, 5, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 23, 27, 30, 32, and 34, which pays 2-1 like a column bet
Which Bet Should I Place?
There’s no right or wrong answer here, and the bets you’ll play will depend on your roulette strategy. It is worth weighing up the house edge on each of the options to ensure you are playing the optimal bet, but ultimately, this comes down to experience.
So this is best advice we can give to get started if you want to play online roulette, and to find your feet with the roulette numbers, layouts and betting patterns. Over time, this will help you become more comfortable with how to play your optimal game, and with a bit of luck, will see you on your way to roulette winnings.