7 Roulette Bets No One Talks About

Roulette Bets Nobody Talks About

Every time I read an article or watch a video about roulette it focuses on two things: bets on single numbers because of the high pay outs when you get lucky and win, and the even money bets including red, black, odd, an even.

Why doesn’t anyone ever make one of the other bets?

Of course the chance to hit on a 35 to 1 payout is enticing but you only win 1 out of every 37 or 38 times on average. And the even money bets are interesting because they’re almost a fair even up bet, giving you just under a 50 / 50 chance to win.

But other bets offer the same odds so why are they seldom used and never talked about?

All of the bets on a European roulette wheel have the same house edge and all but one bet on an American wheel has the same house edge. The house edge on every wager on a European wheel is 2.7%. The house edge on an American wheel is 5.3% except on the top line or basket bet. It has an edge of 7.9% and is a bet on the 0, 00, 1, 2, and 3. It pays 6 to 1, but should be avoided because of the longer odds.

A European wheel has only a single zero space while an American wheel has both a zero and a double zero space.

Because all of the bets have the same house edge why don’t you consider changing things up a bit by trying something new?

Here’s a list of 7 roulette bets no one talks about that you can try the next time you play.

1 – The Dozens

The dozens pay 2 to 1 and are split into three possible wagers. You can bet on the first dozen, numbers 1 through 12, the second dozen, numbers 13 through 24, or the third dozen, numbers 25 through 36. You can actually bet on more than one of the dozens on a spin if you want.

Most table layouts have a space for each of the dozens bets where you place your wager.

By betting on one of the dozens you have a higher pay out than the even money bets and still win on a regular basis. On average, a dozen bet wins almost a third of the time, or just under 1 out of every 3 spins.

Remember that the zero or zero and double zero tilt the edge in the house’s favor. This is why the dozens doesn’t win exactly a third of the time, and why none of the bets at the roulette table are truly even.

2 – The Columns

The columns pay 2 to 1 and cover 12 numbers just like the dozens. But the three possible wagers are the three columns with the 1, 2, or 3 at the top.

The first column holds the numbers 1, 4, 7, 10, 13, 16, 19, 22, 25, 28, 31, and 34.

The second column holds the numbers 2, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 23, 26, 29, 32, and 35.

The third column holds the numbers 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, 33, and 36.

To make a column bet you place your wager on the line under the bottom of the column.

And also just like the dozens, you can bet on more than one column per spin if you desire to do so.

When you bet on two columns and the ball lands on a zero, double zero, or number in the column you didn’t bet on you lose both bets. But when it lands in one of your two columns, which happens just fewer than two out of every three spins, you lose one bet but get your other bet back plus two bets for the win.

If you like to try to develop systems to beat uneatable games like roulette you’re probably aware of the Martingale I mentioned above. In the Martingale you double your bets after every loss so when you win a spin you cover all of your past losses and have a win equal to your first bet.

This sounds good but eventually you lose so many times in a row that you run out of money or the casino refuses to take a bet high enough to cover your losses.

The reason I mention the Martingale here is because many players have tried using a bet on two dozens or two columns in combination with the Martingale because the win frequency is higher than the odd, even, black, or red.

This system works well, often for a long time, but eventually has the same result of a huge loss. I’m just trying to save you some time and money, so if you’re tempted to try a system at roulette you should just say no. They don’t work and never will in the long run.

3 – Trio

The trio bet is a bet on three numbers that includes the zero or the double zero. It pays 11 to 1. To make a trio bet you place your wager on the line where the three numbers come together.

The possible trio bets are:

  • 0, 1, and 2
  • 0, 2, and 3
  • 0, 00, and 2
  • 00, 2, and 3

The payout for the trio bet is the same as the line bets listed below. Both of them are a bet on three numbers so the odds and payouts are the same.

4 – Split or Pair

A split or pair bet pays 18 to 1 and is a bet on any two numbers on the lay out that are next to each other. You place your bet on the line between the two numbers.

A few possible split bets or pairs include:

  • 1 and 2
  • 1 and 4
  • 2 and 3
  • 2 and 5
  • 3 and 6
  • 20 and 23
  • 31 and 32
  • 31 and 34
  • 35 and 36

5 – Street

Street bets pay 11 to 1 and are a bet on all three numbers that form a row on the table layout.

To make a street bet you place your wager on the line to the left or right of the number line for the row. For a street bet on the 13, 14, and 15 you place your bet on the left line beside the 13 or the right line beside the 15.

Possible street bets are:

  • 1, 2, and 3
  • 4, 5, and 6
  • 7, 8, and 9
  • 10, 11, and 12
  • 13, 14, and 15
  • 16, 17, and 18
  • 19, 20, and 21
  • 22, 23, and 24
  • 25, 26, and 27
  • 28, 29, and 30
  • 31, 32, and 33
  • 34, 35, and 36

6 – Corner

A corner bet pays 8 to 1 and is a bet on four numbers. If any of the four numbers wins you win your bet.

To make a corner bet you place your wager on the corner that all four numbers share.

A few of the possible corner bets include:

  • 1, 2, 4, and 5
  • 2, 3, 5, and 6
  • 5, 6, 8, and 9
  • 13, 14, 15, and 16
  • 16, 17, 19, and 20
  • 26, 27, 29, and 30
  • 32, 33, 35, and 36

7 – Double Street or Six Line

A double street or six line bet is a bet on six numbers at the same time. It pays 5 to 1 when any of the six numbers wins.

This bet is exactly like it sounds; a bet on two streets at the same time. A street is the same as a row. The two rows have to be immediately above and below each other.

To make a double street bet you place your wager on the outside line on the left or right where the two rows or streets meet.

The possible six line or double street bets include:

  • 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6
  • 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9
  • 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12
  • 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15
  • 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18
  • 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, and 21
  • 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, and 24
  • 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, and 27
  • 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, and 30
  • 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, and 33
  • 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, and 36


The even money roulette bets are the easiest for new players to use and understand and they’re also used in many progression systems like the Martingale. This makes them popular, but progression systems never work and the other bets are at the same odds.

So the next time you decide to take a few spins of the wheel try one or more of the 7 roulette wagers listed above. You can bet on a single one or a combination. At the end of the day it doesn’t matter, so make the bets you enjoy the most.

Petko Stoyanov
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My name is Petko Stoyanov, and I've been a gambling writer for more than ten years. I guess that was the natural path for me since I've loved soccer and card games for as long as I can remember! I have a long and fairly successful history with English Premier League betting and online poker, but I follow many other sports. I watch all big European soccer leagues, basketball, football, and tennis regularly, and I keep an eye on snooker, volleyball, and major UFC events.