Once you have mastered the basics of the roulette wheel, why not take a look at some of the more advanced bet options available to you.
Many online casinos have an Advanced Bet section that allows you to place 1 bet which will place chips of equal value on numbers relevant to that type of bet.
This is best in French roulette which has 1 zero as opposed to American roulette which has 2, and as the odds are therefore better. We would always advise steering away from American roulette when you have the option.
A lot of players who enjoy roulette feel that the advanced bets available in French roulette, and often on European roulette online too, enhance the chances of winning as you cover a particular area of the wheel as opposed to random numbers. They feel that in a land-based casino if the dealer spins the ball in the same direction and at the same speed each time, it will finish an equal number of slots away as the previous spin, and by covering this area they maximize their chances of getting a win. This doesn’t apply to an online casino which uses a random number generator to provide results, but many players follow this type of bet online too.
Some players also feel that rules, known as En Prison and La Partage in French Roulette, give an enhanced payout as well. Many people attribute the introduction of these to the increasing interest in Roulette both online and offline as more and more players decide to try the game.
The bets mentioned above are Call Bets but are often referred to by players as Special Bets. They back a set amount of Straight numbers as opposed to Even Chance Bets or Corner Bets so the payouts are reasonably high despite the number of bets used.
Voisins du Zero, Tiers du Cylindre, Orphelins in Plein and Orphelins en Cheval are the 4 most common Special bets found in casinos both online and offline. These are all French terms although English speaking players are better off using the relevant translations in order to better understand how these Special Bets work.
Voisins du Zero
This means essentially ‘Neighbours of zero’. This is a bet which covers all the numbers adjacent to zero on the wheel.
When we mention a Neighbours bet, we are referring to all the number either side of the relevant number, including the number itself, as you will see from the image above.
See the above table layout for a detailed instruction on how to play it. Normally, of course, you will just select this bet from the expert menu if you are playing online roulette, or you will just call it out to the croupier. The Voisins Du Zero is a 9 chip bet that covers 16 numbers on either side of the zero. Including 0 itself, it covers 17 numbers. The further away you get from Zero, the fewer chips are bet.
Starting from 22 on a wheel, it covers 18, 29, 7, 28, 12, 35, 3, 26, the number zero, 32, 15, 19, 4, 21, 2 and 25. 9 chips are on split bets, the trio, and a corner bet. (or multiples of 9, if you were to bet 18, for example, it would double the amounts bet on the below example)
On the above example, we have bet 10 chips on the 0,2,3 trio 5 on the 4/7 split 5 on 12/15 split 5 on 18/21 split 5 on 19/22 split 10 on 25/26/28/29 corner 5 on 32/35.
Although it looks complicated and time-consuming when viewed as above, especially as there is often little time between spins, it should be noted that there is normally an Advanced option when playing online which will automatically allow you to bet the above with one click. Similarly, if you ask a croupier to place a Voisins Du Zero bet in a land-based casino, they will be able to do so in double-quick time.
Tiers Du Cylindre
This is a similar kind of bet to the Voisins Du Zero bet but covers 12 numbers on the opposite side of the wheel. Starting at the number 33, it covers all numbers round to 27.
The range is 33, 16, 24, 5, 10, 23, 8, 30, 11, 36, 13 and 27. These are all Split bets of equal amounts. The total bet is 6 units and returns 18 units, including your stake if any of the numbers come in.
This is the 2nd most popular Special Bet behind the Voisins Du Zero and comes in 32% of the time.
You may have noticed that the Voisins du Zero and Tiers du Cylindre bets cover a lot of numbers between them, but not all.
The remaining numbers, 8 in total, are covered by another bet, the Orphelins. This literally translates to the Orphans bet.
It covers 2 sections on the wheel, from 17 round to 6 (17, 34 and 6) and on the other side, 9 round to 1 (9, 31, 14, 20 and 1).
There are 2 different types of Orphelins bet which differs in terms of the chips and types of bet, although the numbers are the same in both.
The most common is the Orphelins en Cheval bet. It covers 8 numbers with 5 chips using a combination of Split and Straight Up bets.
The only Straight Up bet covers the number 1 with 4 Split bets covering 6 & 9, 14 & 17, 17 & 20 and 31 & 34.
Orphelins en Cheval bet layout
The main difference between this and the other Orphelins bet, the Orphelins en Plein bet, is that this one uses only Straight Up bets. It does cost more but the rewards are greater on all except the 1 (which is covered as a Straight bet in Orphelins en Cheval) and the 17 (this is covered twice as a Split bet in Orphelins en Cheval).
Orphelins en Pleit layout
As with the other Special bets, there will be a section in the Advanced Options when playing online to place either of these with one click, or in a land-based casino, the croupier will be happy to help place the bet/s quickly for you.
The next strategies are much easier to learn and we recommend them to our beginner players.
Roulette is a game that is easy to understand, but most of the time the easier the game is to understand the greater the house edge and with roulette, this is no different. Ever since the roulette wheel was invented in the 17th-century people have been trying to beat the house edge with their betting systems. While betting systems can increase the fun level of gambling and might give you an edge, do not expect to get rich on them. You can win in the short term but it has been proven the casino usually wins in the end. With our roulette strategy we will show you:
Two strategies that work
How to use every edge to increase your odds
A good short-term roulette strategy
Beginners Roulette Strategy
Albert Einstein is reputed to have stated, “You cannot beat a roulette table unless you steal money from it”.
And yet, the numerous even money bets in roulette have inspired many players over the years to attempt to beat the game by using one or more variations of the Martingale Betting System, wherein the gamer doubles the bet after every loss, so that the first win would recover all previous losses, plus win a profit equal to the original bet. As the referenced article on Martingales points out, this betting strategy is fundamentally flawed in practice and the inevitable long-term consequence is a large financial loss. Another strategy is the Fibonacci system, where bets are calculated according to the Fibonacci sequence. Regardless of the specific progression, no such strategy can statistically overcome the casino’s advantage.
You also have the opposite system that’s called the anti-martingale. I believe it’s safer than the martingale system. It’s based on increasing your bets when you win instead of increasing it when you lose. There are thousands of variants all based on these systems but none of them can beat the house edge in the long run. If you insist on a betting system some have had some success with Dual Even Money Progression and the Even Chance Bets
The only way you can beat this game is not with betting strategies but with a Roulette system based on physics. There are two systems that do that and can create long-term positive results if used right. They can only work when playing on a real roulette wheel. The inventor Stefano Hourmouzis made a video of 1 hour that proves his system works. He also has a guarantee of $1000 for his Genuine winner and 200% guarantee for his Roulette Computers. He works personally with his players and live demonstrations are possible. The only thing you need to know is that good system isn’t cheap, his systems works and they are worth a lot more money then he asks for it.