Making an Even Bet in Roulette

There are a lot of ways to make bets in roulette. An even bet is one of them, and that’s what we are going to specifically tackle today.

Even bets in roulette is an outside bet that has a payout of 1 to 1, meaning, your £10 will win another £10. Sounds neat! What is even more exciting is the fact that there’s always half a chance for you to get an even number. If this is not enough to convince you that an even bet is definitely one of the best bets to make in roulette then this article will further explain to you why.

Taking a closer look…

As we said, there’s a lot of betting options that a player can choose from when playing roulette. The bets, however, have their own respective odds of winning or losing. Players can choose if they want to take high risk bets, with payouts that are relatively large, or low risk bets, with low payouts to come along with it.

In both European and American roulette wheels, there are 36 numbers and they are split into two: 18 even numbers and 18 odd numbers. The zero and double zero (in the case of the American roulette), do not count as either even or odd.

What is an Outside Bet

Roulette has two main betting category: inside bets and outside bets.

An example layout of an American roulette table

Wagers made on a single number or a group of adjacent numbers found in a roulette table is an inside bet. They offer high payouts (35:1 for straight; 17:1 for split; 11:1 for street; 8:1 for square; 6:1 for top line; 5:1 for 6 line) but the probability of winning is quite low.

On the contrary, wagers made on large groups of numbers or colors (black/red, even/odd, 1-18/19-36) carry high probabilities of generating a win and is called an outside bet. Needless to say, the payouts are lower as to compensate for the higher odds.

The Probability of Getting An Even Number

Except when the ball falls into the pocket of either the single zero or the double zero, then a player could win in a roulette almost half of the time per spin when he opts for an even number bet.

Supposed to say that we include the zeros into the computation of probability. In the European roulette (which now has 37 numbers in all): 18/37 = 48.64%. This further means that the odds of getting an even number is 1.01-to-1. The American roulette wheel (with single zero, double zero, and 36 numbers) has this: 18/38 – .04736 or 47.36%. This arrives to the true odds of winning which is 1.11-to-1.

Both winning percentages are virtually close to 50%. But when comparing just between the two roulette wheels, the European variant offers the player a much better chance.

En Prison

Aside from the two aforementioned roulette wheel types, casinos also offer French roulette, which is basically European in design. In this particular game, there is a rule called “en prison.” It refers to the event when the house detains your even bet if the outcome of a current spin is zero. Should the next spin gives off an even number, then you get back your imprisoned bet. If not, then the bet is forfeited.

To wrap up, we recommend roulette beginners to make outside bets like the one being discussed in this article. While it doesn’t give off a huge payout, however the low risk somehow gives the player that much needed confidence to play roulette.

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