Roulette Odds and Payouts

Online roulette is one of the most popular games at Bodog Casino, and for good reason. This is a game of chance, so you don’t need to know any strategies to place your roulette bets – and except for one rare instance, the roulette odds generate the same return no matter which bet you place.

But that doesn’t make roulette a boring game by any means. There’s a rich history behind this wheel; there are also dozens of different bets you can place, each with its own roulette payout waiting for you when you win.

Some of these bets are more familiar than others. You’ve probably heard about betting Red or Black, but what about the Basket bet, or Voisins du Zero? In this guide, we’ll cover all the different bets you can make when you play roulette variations at Bodog Casino, including odds and payouts for both American Roulette and European Roulette.

Roulette Bets

Every spin at the wheel starts when you place your roulette bet on the virtual layout, using the virtual chips shown on your display. The layout includes numbers 1 through 36; if you’re playing European Roulette, there’s also a single zero (“0”) on the board, while American Roulette has both the single zero and the double zero (“00”).

Roulette bets fall into three general categories, depending on where they are on the layout. Inside bets are placed on one or several of those numbers, while outside bets are placed in the designated surrounding areas. Special bets (aka call bets or exotics) can also be made if you’re playing European Roulette.

Roulette bets

Inside Bets

Inside bets are the easiest ones for new roulette players to wrap their heads around. You place your chips on the number in question, or on a shared border if you’re betting multiple numbers with a single chip. Then the white roulette ball goes skittering along the edge of the wheel, until it comes to rest in one of the numbered pockets. If that pocket matches your wager, you get paid out accordingly, and it’s time for the next spin.

Straight Up Bet

“Straight up” bets (aka Straight or Single) are when you bet on a single number, anywhere between 0 and 36 – although some purists will say that “0” and “00” belong in their own category. All you have to do to make this bet is place your chips inside that numbered square, without letting them touch the edges; you don’t want to accidentally bet on more than one number.

Since there are 37 numbers on the European wheel, and 38 on the American wheel, your odds of winning a Straight up bet are either 36-to-1 or 37-to-1. The payout in either case is the same: 35-to-1, the highest payout there is in roulette.

Split Bet

The Split bet covers any two adjacent numbers on the layout, horizontal or vertical. For example, you could bet on both 1 and 2, or 1 and 4. To make your split bet, place your chips on the shared border between those two numbers.

You’ll win your Split bet if the ball lands on either of the two numbers in question. That makes the odds of winning 35-to-2 (17 1/2-to-1) on the European wheel, and 36-to-2 (18-to-1) on the American wheel. The payout is 17-to-1 in either case.

Street Bet

Street bets cover all three numbers in one of the horizontal rows on the layout, like 1-2-3 or 13-14-15. Place your chips on the outer edge of that row – either side will do, although you might want to use the less populated right side to help avoid confusion.

Now that you’re covering three numbers, your chances of winning the Street bet are 34-to-3 (11 1/3-to-1) on the European wheel, and 35-to-3 (11 2/3-to-1) on the American wheel, for a payout of 11-to-1.

Corner Bet

Next up, we have Corner bets (aka Square bets), where you can bet on four numbers at the same time. These numbers have to share the same corner on the layout, like 1-2-4-5 or 32-33-35-36. Put your chips on that shared corner to place your bet.

As you may have already figured, your odds of winning the Corner bet are 33-to-4 (8 1/4-1) on the European wheel, and 34-to-4 (8 1/2-to-1) on the American wheel. Your payout for the Corner bet: 8-to-1.

Basket Bet in American Roulette

If you want to bet on five numbers in roulette, you can always bet on five Singles, or maybe a Single and a Corner. But there’s only one inside bet that lets you do it all at once, and it’s on the American wheel. Basket bets (aka Top Line) cover both 0 and 00, as well as 1, 2 and 3. Place your chips on the outside corner shared by 0 and 1, or by 00 and 3.

The odds of winning your Basket bet are 33-to-5, or 6 3/5-to-1. Your payout is 6-to-1; as we’ll explain in a moment, this gives the Basket bet a higher house edge than all of the other bets on the American wheel.  

Six Line Bet

Our last inside bets in roulette are Six Line bets (aka Double Street), and as the name suggests, you’re betting on six numbers from two adjoining horizontal rows, like 1-2-3-4-5-6. Your chips go on either the left or right corner shared by the two rows in question – again, consider using the right side to make things easier to see.

The Six Line bet is the most likely inside bet to cash in. Your chances are 31-to-6 (5 1/6-to-1) on the European wheel and 32-6 (5 1/3-to-1) on the American wheel, for a payout of 5-to-1.

Outside Bets

Now we move on to the outside bets, which, as we said above, are found on the outside edge of the roulette layout. These are usually the most popular bets in roulette, and you don’t have to worry about which shared corners to place your chips on – just put them in the designated box on the layout.


High-Low bets (aka 19-36 and 1-18) are even-money bets that basically split the roulette wheel in half, not including the zeroes. Bet either the High side or the Low side; your chances of winning are slightly less than half, at 19-to-18 (1 1/18-to-1) on the European wheel, and 20-to-18 (1 1/9-to-1) on the American wheel. 

Column Bet

Instead of dividing the wheel in half, you can divide it in thirds by picking any of the three columns on the roulette layout. Your chips for Column bets go in the area at the bottom of your chosen column, which also happens to show you the payout: 2-to-1.

Each column contains 12 numbers, so your chances of winning a Column bet are 25-to-12 (2 1/12-to-1) on the European wheel, and 26-to-12 (2 1/6-to-1) on the American wheel.

Dozen Bet

Dozen bets work the same as Column bets, with the same odds and the same 2-to-1 payout, except now you’re betting on either 1 through 12 (“1st 12” on the layout), 13 through 24 (“2nd 12”), or 25 through 36 (“3rd 12”).

Even Money Mets

Even money bets like High/Low are typically the most common in roulette. Many players like to use betting systems like the Martingale where they change their bet size depending on the outcome of the previous spin – although these systems don’t actually change your odds of winning, so use them wisely if at all.

In addition to High/Low, you can bet on whether the roulette ball will land on Red/Black, or Odd/Even. The zeroes on the wheel are marked in green, and they don’t count as even (or low) numbers in roulette, so if the ball lands on a zero, you don’t win any of these even money bets.

Special Bets

European Roulette may not have the double zero on the layout, but it does have a separate racetrack-style oval where you can place a series of special bets, or exotics, commonly known as “call” (aka called or announced) bets. These different names have specific meanings if you’re playing live in certain jurisdictions, but it’s all the same when you play online roulette at Bodog Casino.


Final bets are only found at certain live casinos, but we’re including them here for completeness; this is where you bet on all the numbers ending in a certain digit. For example, Final 3 is a four-chip bet covering the numbers 3, 13, 23 and 33, with the same odds and payout as a Corner bet, and Final 9 covers 9, 19 and 29, with the same odds and payout as a Street bet.

Le Tiers Du Cylinder

On the inside of the racetrack oval, you’ll see Tiers du Cylindre (or just “Tiers”) marked on the layout for European Roulette. This is French for “Thirds of the Wheel,” and the bet covers the 12 numbers on the far side of the wheel between 27 and 33 inclusive: 27-13-36-11-30-8-23-10-5-24-16-33. This wager is actually six Split bets placed at once, on 5-8, 10-11, 13-16, 23-24, 27-30, and 33-36, with the same individual odds and payout.


Orphelin bets (literally “orphans”) consist of the following groups on the wheel: 17-34-6, and 1-20-14-31-9. The bet is a combination of a Straight bet on 1 and Split bets on 6-9, 14-17, 17-20 and 31-34.

Voisins Du Zero

After Tiers du Cylindre and Orphelins, the remaining 17 numbers on the European wheel are covered by Voisins du Zero bets. This is French for “Neighbours of Zero,” and it includes all of the numbers shown on the wheel between 22 and 25 inclusive.

Again, this call bet is actually a combination of several bets, and it consists of nine chips in total: two on 0-2-3, one on 4-7, one on 12-15, one on 18-21, one on 19-22, two on 25-26-28-29, and one on 32-35.


Speaking of Neighbour bets, any Straight wager in roulette can become one of these if you include the two squares on either side of your chosen number. For example, “10 and the neighbours” is a 5-chip bet covering 24, 5, 10, 23 and 8. You would place this bet by putting your chips on the 10 on the racetrack oval; it pays out the same as if it were five simultaneous Straight bets. Note: the Jeu Zero (literally “Zero Game”) bet is played as a 5-chip “0 and the neighbours” (3-26-0-32-15) bet at Bodog Casino.

Roulette Odds Chart

Now that you know all of the different ways you can bet on roulette, as well as the roulette odds for each wager, you can step up to any wheel anywhere in the world and bet with confidence.

But you’ll still enjoy the best possible experience by choosing an online roulette game at Bodog Casino. You can even play for free using the Practice mode, so you can get used to the differences between the European and American wheels before you play roulette for real money at Bodog.

How Roulette Payouts Work

Once you’re ready to play online roulette for real money, you’ll be even more focused on those payouts, so here’s another roulette chart that shows the payouts for each bet type.

Roulette Odds Chart

As you can see, the house edge is the same for every bet on the European wheel: 2.70%. And for the American wheel with the double-zero included, that edge grows to 5.26%, with the lone exception of the Basket bet at 7.89%.

If you’re looking for the lowest possible house edges in this game, European Roulette is an easy choice, but since roulette is a game of pure chance that should be played for entertainment purposes only, try American Roulette if you enjoy that specific format, and sprinkle in the occasional Basket bet if you enjoy that specific wager.

Both European and American Roulette are available in standard and “Classic” versions here at Bodog Casino; try them both for free right now and see why Bodog is the place to be for online roulette.