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Odds In The Game Of Roulette

Roulette attracts lots of players from all over the world with the biggest payouts of 35 to 1. This means that you can win 35 times the wagered money in one spin! However, many players do not know or just ignore the fact that the probability of this number coming up is very small and that you will most probably lose your straight-up bet.

So, what bets are less risky and more profitable? To figure it out we have provided a table of the odds of every roulette bet in both the European and American roulette games. When you understand how likely you are to be winning you will see which bets depend on strategies and which on luck only.

Odds - the mathematical ratio of a probable win to the number of losses in any casino game. In the roulette game the odds are shown as the ratio of winning a definite bet to the number of the probable losses of this bet.

Probabilities - the roulette odds shown as percentage (out of 100% of all the variations of the outcome).

Because of different house edge in American and European roulette game - 5.26% and 2.7% correspondingly - the odds and probabilities of winning each bet are also different. Firstly let's take a look at a table with the odds in European-style roulette.

European Roulette Odds

Type of Bet Quantity of numbers Odds Probability of Win
Straight-up 1 1 in 37 2.7%
Split 2 1 in 18.5 5.41%
Street 3 1 in 12.3 9.3%
Corner (Square) 4 1 in 9.25 10.81%
Six Line 6 1 in 6.2 16.22%
Dozen 12 1 in 3.1 32.43%
Column 12 1 in 3.1 32.43%
Red/Black 18 1 in 2.06 48.65%
Even/Odd 18 1 in 2.06 48.65%
High/Low 18 1 in 2.06 48.65%

If you choose to play American-style roulette with a higher house edge than in European roulette, your winning odds are lower. They are as follows:

American Roulette odds

Type of Bet Quantity of numbers Odds Probability of Win
Straight-up 1 1 in 38 2.63%
Split 2 1 in 19 5.26%
Street 3 1 in 12.6 7.89%
Corner (Square) 4 1 in 9.5 10.53%
Five-number 5 1 in 7.6 13.16%
Six Line 6 1 in 6.3 15.79%
Dozen 12 1 in 3.2 31.58%
Column 12 1 in 3.2 31.58%
Red/Black 18 1 in 2.1 47.37%
Even/Odd 18 1 in 2.1 47.37%
High/Low 18 1 in 2.1 47.37%

As you can see according to the tables above, in all roulette games the less risky bets are the even money bets. Then come column and dozen bets and only after that all the inside ones.

However, you must remember that we are not saying you should never bet straight-up. Our task is to show you the odds and probabilities of winning and losing on each bet. The choice is always up to you. If you feel very strongly that the next number will be yours, go for it. But remember, never bet all you have on one number. That way you are risking far too much.

How to Increase Roulette Odds

To influence the game odds in roulette players can use special roulette strategy or at least follow professional tips aimed at increasing the chances of winning. Some of these tips are contradictory to traditional roulette strategies, but they are perfect for those players who tend not to risk much and want to lose as little as possible. So, remember:

  • Choose to play only European roulette games
  • Set a betting limit for each game and stake for a day
  • Better stick to the table minimum
  • Always pocket the part of the winnings
  • Avoid placing inside bets too often
  • Do not follow betting patterns all the time
  • Use the "Surrender" and "En Prison" rules if they are available
  • Escape Five-number bet (American roulette) - this is the worst one as it increases the house edge to 7.89%

You can also look up more detailed roulette tips which you need for smarter play, and learn about winning strategies that explain betting patterns and money management basics.