Roulette Payout Odds: The Chances of Hitting Your Bet

Roulette is a glamorous casino game that is a classic favourite for players all over the world, including South African players. Since casinos have gone digital, it’s never been easier to gain access to roulette games, opening up a thrilling world of betting in style within the comfort of your own home.

The roulette table may appear a little intimidating for new players, which might be the reason some players in South Africa may not have ventured into this exciting world of roulette yet. However, once you’ve read our simple guide, you’ll know exactly how to make your bets and what are the chances of hitting those bets for both online roulette and land-based ones.

Roulette Bet Options

There are really only two types of bets on the roulette table: outside bets and inside bets. In general, inside bets involve putting your wager on a specific number or numbers, whereas outside bets involve fulfilling a condition or landing on a set of numbers. Naturally, inside bets give bigger payouts but the chances of hitting your bet are lower, whereas the probability of winning with outside bets are higher, but the reward is smaller. Let us go into details which options you have for both of these bets.

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Outside Bets

  • Odd/ Even numbers: You wager on whether the winning number is an even or an odd number.
  • Colours: You bet on whether the winning pocket is black or red.
  • Low/ High: When you bet low, you win when the winning number falls on 1 – 18 and when you bet high, you win when the winning number falls on 19 – 36.
  • Dozen: You can wager on the winning number being in the first dozen (1 – 12), second dozen (13 – 24) or third dozen (25 – 36).
  • Column: There are 3 columns on the bet table and each column has a specific set of numbers. Betting on a column yields a payout if the winning number is any of the numbers in the column you’ve put your wager on.

Inside Bets

  • Straight Up: Wagering on just 1 specific number.
  • Split: Wagering on 2 numbers that are next to each other.
  • Street: Wagering on 3 numbers that are in a row.
  • Corner/ Square/ Quarter: Wagering on 4 adjacent numbers which form the shape of a square.
  • Six-number/ Line: Wagering on two adjoining rows of 3 numbers each.

Roulette Payouts and the Odds of Hitting

Now that you know how to place your bets, it’s time to find out the payout rates for each of the bet option and what are the odds of hitting them. Since American Roulette has an extra 00 compared to both the French and European variations, the odds of hitting your bets are lower. The payout odds are expressed in ratios of x:1, where x is the payout you get for every R1 you bet.

Outside Bets Payout Odds and Chances of Winning

Bet OptionPayout OddsChances of Winning (European & French)Chances of Winning (American)
Odd/ Even1:148.65%47.37%
Low/ High2:148.65%47.37%

Inside Bets Payout Odds and Chances of Winning

Bet OptionPayout OddsChances of Winning (European & French)Chances of Winning (American)
Straight Up35:12.70%2.63%
Corner/ Square/ Quarter8:110.81%10.53%
Six-number/ Line5:116.22%15.79%

 Last Updated: July 7, 2020

 Date Published: May 4, 2020