Outside Bets in Roulette betting: an overview

Roulette is a strategy game where everything is about numbers; single numbers, high numbers, low numbers, red numbers, black numbers, odd numbers and even numbers. There are numbers and combinations of numbers that make the hearts of roulette players beat faster. Are my numbers coming? Or will my numbers disappoint me?

Probably the biggest question most players ask themselves is this: how much money can I win? Profits also consist of numbers. Money may even be the essence of all numbers.

Most offline and online casino games are based on numbers. Some are essential, while others seem to be just adornments, like roulette or craps.

Roulette is also an old game and dates back to the 16th century when Blaise Pascal tried to create a perpetual motion machine. The origins may be even further back. Roman soldiers are said to have played games by turning their shields and betting on the result.

[Please note: Why are casino players so obsessed with number based games? Is it that in reality we always use numbers to find out where and how we go, run, swim, sail, drive a car, fly an airplane, throw a baseball, throw a soccer ball, throw a basketball, the price of food check and the cost of an engagement ring? We may not know that all of these activities result in the use of numbers, but they certainly do. We are all mathematicians, whether we are aware of it or not.]

So how should we play the numbers in roulette? First of all, we have to remember that the game has a house edge. In American roulette with the double zero wheel, the house advantage is 5.26% with two exceptions. When European Roulette the house edge is, with one exception 2.7%. The American version has 38 numbers, while the European version has 37 numbers. In both cases, the payout for a correct number hit is 35 to 1.

[Please note: the house edge is relatively easy to determine. In American roulette, we divide the 38 number fields by two, from which we get 0.0526, which, expressed as a percentage, corresponds to the 5.26% just mentioned. We proceed similarly with the European variant. There we don’t take the two, but the one. The result is 0.0270, which is 2.7% expressed as a percentage. You will probably ask yourself now: Why once the two and once the one? Quite simply, in the American variant, the house retains two units of the player’s winnings, while in the European variant it is only one unit.]

In the following, I assume that you know the house edge in both variants, so I only mention the house edge that deviates from the norm.

Here is the detailed explanation of each of the bets mentioned:

You only bet on one number or on several individual numbers. The payout is 35 to 1.

Pros: Since the payout is 35 to 1, many players prefer this betting style. If you are lucky enough to hit their number, the winnings are extremely high compared to the other betting options.

Cons: The winning pattern is similar to that of a slot machine, except that you only have a 37 or 38 to one chance of winning. You can’t hit anything for a long time because the probability is relatively low and that makes for less fun. You are more likely to win on slot machines, although the percentage of house edge is greater than that of roulette.

Instead of betting on a single number, you can also bet on the delimitation between the two numbers. This will win you if one of the two numbers comes. The payout is 17 to 1.

Pros: With a bet on two numbers at the same time you increase your chance of winning without changing the house edge. Incidentally, this applies to all combination bets. The more numbers covered by a single bet, the greater the likelihood of winning the next spin.

Cons: The house edge does not change with this bet, but your chances of winning increase. With this variant, too, the player can experience a long dry spell. Also, be careful that other players do not accidentally place their bets on a single number.

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