Even those who haven’t been to casinos, or have nothing to do with gambling, have heard about the famous Roulette. Yeah, the word has been borrowed from French which translates to ‘little wheel’.
Films all over the world of the decades past the ’70s have shown this little wheel turning and turning. And the hero of the film always managed to guess the right numbers, and bag the jackpot.
For those who aren’t familiar with the rules that well, in Roulette, bets can be placed on a single number, or a cluster of them, odd or even, and also depending on the colours red or black. The croupier spins the little wheel in one direction and hits the small ball in the opposite direction along a circular track around the roulette wheel’s outer edge.
Learning About All the Roulette Bets
And the bets are innumerable! People have a misconception that there are only a limited number of Roulette bets one can play with. On the contrary, from a simple straight bet on a single number to the multi-number and immensely complex bets of Corners and Double streets, Roulette has got you covered with everything.
But here lies a secret! Obscure French names are often used to describe some of the most useful Roulette bets which only professionals can make use of, owing to their years of experience in the game.
These are the famous ‘French bets’, which are three in number, and describe every other number’s relationship with the central Zero. If you’ve got confused, don’t overwork yourself because we are here with all the required information. There are four sections to the French bets of Roulette. Let’s list them one by one for you:
1. Neighbours of Zero (Voisins du Zero)
The first 17 numbers on either side of the Zero on the wheel, in which list 22 and 25 are also included. The series comprises 22, 29, 7, 18, 35, 3, 12, 0, 15, 19, 32, 4, 2, 25, 21.
2. Third of the wheel (Tiers du Cylindre)
As the name suggests, this Roulette bet roughly gives a third of the wheel opposite the Zero. In casinos, it is often referred to as simply ‘Tiers’. It includes 27, 11, 36, 30, 13, 5, 24, 10, 8, 23, 16, 24, and 33.
3. Orphans (Orphelins)
Again, as the name suggests, these leftover numbers fail to make both the lists, the neighbours and the thirds. Those digits which none took to the game are 17, 20, 31, 34, 9, 6 and 1.
So, now that you know the essentials of the hidden Roulette bets let’s swiftly move on to learning how to place a French bet.
What’s the Best Way to Place a French Bet?
The French Roulette bets have a distinct advantage over the other kinds of bets. How? Well, as these bets cover a lot of numbers, it allows you to place bets more than one by specifying the series you’re playing for. All you got to do is place the chip in the chosen section, and the dealer will cover you for the rest.
It comprises 9 Roulette bet units which are placed in a distinct combination: 2 on the Zero, 2, 3 trios; 1 on 12/15 split, 1 on 4/7 split, 1 on 32/35, and 1 on 18/21. Not to forget the 1 on 19/22, and 2 on the 25-26-28-29 corner. The voisins bring at least twice the original stake if you can hit them right,
This is even better because a winning bet will pay you 3 times the initial stake, but the hurdle is a bit more challenging. It covers 12 numbers with 6 units with 1 chip placed on every split. The splits are ⅝, 10/11, 33/36, 27/30, 13/16, and 23/24.
Another famous Roulette bet that covers the numbers 34, 31, 6 and 1, 20, 9, 14, and 17. The croupier places 1 chip as a Straight bet on 1, and the other is placed on the splits 14/17, 31/34, 17/20, and 6/9. Like the voisins, the orphelins also guarantee a payout of twice the original sum you hit with the original bet.
In a Nutshell
So, now that you are aware of all the famous French Roulette bets, you can use them at your discretion. French Roulette bets enhance the fun and incorporate more activity in the game. Even croupiers keep looking for people who play out of the box.
Next time you hit a casino on the weekend, don’t forget to make everyone drool with these traditional French bets and mesmerise all your opponents.