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Roulette Odds and Payouts

Roulette Odds explained

If you are a regular roulette player then you know that roulette odds are very important when it comes to winning. This is because you know that higher odds mean higher winnings but at the same time, it means that the outcome has fewer chances to be in your favour.

We can all agree that roulette is a game of chance and any outcome is possible! But when you know the odds then at least you know what to expect from the roulette wheel.

The odds are the same when you play at a live dealer roulette table online or at a UK land-based casino.

In this article, we are looking at the roulette wheel odds, probabilities and payouts.

If you are a beginner and want to learn more about this game then we recommend that you read our article about roulette rules.

Roulette Odds Explained

Let’s start by explaining the types of bets you can have on a roulette table.

There are two main types/groups of bets that you can have on a roulette table.

  • Inside bets
  • Outside bets

Inside bets refer to the bets on the numbers that are in the roulette wheel. This could be a single number or a combination of numbers from 2 to 6 in total.

Outside bets refer to any bets that are outside the numbers board like red or black, Colum, Dozen, Odd or Even etc.

roulette table with inside and outside bets

Depending on the type of roulette wheel you choose to play i.e. European, French or American Roulette, the odds will change slightly. This is because American Roulette has an extra pocket with a 00.

How many numbers

Roulette Odds Table

Here is a table with all the bets and the odds and payouts for European, French Roulette and American Roulette.

Roulette BetEuropean Roulette OddsAmerican Roulette OddsPayout
Single Number 2.70% 2.60%35 to 1
2 Numbers Combination 5.4% 5.3%17 to 1
3 Numbers Combination 8.1% 7.9%11 to 1
4 Numbers Combination 10.8% 10.5%8 to 1
5 Numbers Combination 13.5% 13.2%6 to 1
6 Numbers Combination 16.2% 15.8%5 to 1
Column/Dozen 32.4% 31.6% 2 to 1
Even/Odd – Red/Black – Low/High 48.6% 47.4% 1 to 1

A roulette table has the standard roulette bets we mentioned above but there are even more fixed combinations that savvy roulette players like to bet on.

Fixed roulette betting combinations

We can find these fixed combinations on European or French roulette and this is why there are two different names for them depending on the table.

Here are the most well-known ones:

  • Neighbours of Zero or Voisins du zéro. This is a combination of bets that cover 17 numbers on a section of the roulette wheel. The bet needs seven chips to cover all the numbers. You bet on 0/2/3, 4/7, 12/15, 18/2, 19/22, 25/26/28/29 and 32/25. The maximum winning payout is 17 to 1, 11 to 1 or 8 to 1 depending on the winning number and the roulette odds are 45.9%.
  • Orphans or Orphelins. This bet covers eight numbers that you find next to each other on the roulette wheel with five chips. You bet n: 3, 6/9, 14/17, 17/20 and 31/34. The payout for this bet is 35 to 1 or 17 to 1 depending on the winning number and the probability is 21.6%
  • Zero Game or Jeu Zero. This roulette bet is just a smaller version of the Neighbours of Zero where only 7 numbers close to zero are covered. You need four chips to bet on 0/3 12/15, 28 and 32/35 The odds of this bet winnings are 18.9%, and the payout can be 35:1 or 17/1.
  • Third of the Wheel or Tiers du Cylindre. This is a bet on the twelve numbers opposite 0. Six chips cover two numbers. You bet on: 5/8, 10/11, 13/16, 23/24, 27/30 and 33/36. The maximum winning payout is 17:1. The roulette odds for this bet are 32.4%

When you play online roulette you can place these bets with a click of a button as there is a separate roulette racetrack.

roulette racetrack
European roulette racetrack

The roulette racetrack allows you to easily and quickly place bets on groups or sections of numbers on the roulette wheel.

European Roulette Odds Infographic

Below we can see an infographic showing the bets and the chance of winning for every bet that someone can have on European roulette.

Since this roulette type is the most common one when you play live roulette online, the same odds apply for roulette with live dealers.


So if you are a player that wants to play with the highest odds and don’t care to win big, then you probably choose bets like odds/even black/red 1-18/19-36 where chances are 48.6%.

The reason why it’s not 50% is of course the fact that the European Roulette wheel has also a 0 ( American Roulette has a 0 and a 00 which drops the percentage of winning even lower).

If you are a player of high risks that wants to gamble a bit and win big then you probably choose bets like a single number with a percentage of 2.7% or Double numbers with a percentage of 5.7%.

Call bets and Announced Bets

These are also known as “Call Bets” When you play online roulette. The terminology Call bets and Announced Bets is used by high stakes roulette players in land-based casinos abroad.

Here is how it works: The player doesn’t put any chips on the table but they just announce their call bet. For example, a high roller that is also known to the land-based casino can just announce a 10K bet on a number without actually putting any chips on the table. This is of course limited to specific players that are regulars to the casino and have proved they can afford the Announced bets they place.

These bets are not allowed in the UK at any land-based casino.

But this terminology has been used for online roulette for years now in order to describe the fixed combination of bets on a roulette table.

Frequently Asked questions about Roulette Odds

What is the best bet in roulette according to the odds?

There is no so-called “best bet” in roulette. But if you want to play with the best odds then your best bet is on Outside BEets like Red/Black, Odd/Eve. Low High. All these bets carry a 48.6% probability in European Roulette.

Are roulette tables rigged?

When you play live roulette online or at a reputable land-based casino, the roulette tables can’t be rigged. In the UK for example remote operators are required to monitor the performance of the games they offer. The core focus of this monitoring is to ensure random number generator (RNG) driven products are fair and achieving the designed return to player (RTP). This is an instruction by the UK Gambling Commission.

Do my odds for winning increase after a losing round

No, the odds reset after every round, as every round is independent of the previous one. This means that you have exactly the same chances to win or lose in every round.