Welcome to part two of our guide to racetrack betting with roulette at all the top online casinos. If you missed part one, then you can find it via our roulette blog – here. This part will concentrate on other fixed call bets you can make.
Just to recap, fixed call bets are mainly made on the racetrack betting table available at most mobile casinos and desktop casinos. This is a separate betting table to the usual table that you will be familiar with if you’ve ever played American, French or European roulette (the racetrack betting table is not usually available with American roulette). Bets are placed using the position of the number on the wheel, and not numbers in their usual sequence.
Here are some more fixed call bets that you have the option of placing when you play roulette. Feel free to add this information to your lexicon of gambling terms!
When it comes to fixed call bets or called bets, the roulette wheel is commonly split into four sections. Seventeen numbers are covered by ‘Voisins du Zero’ and another twelve numbers are covered by ‘Tiers du Cylindre’. That leaves eight numbers uncovered … except that they are covered by a bet called ‘Orphelins’, which – quite literally – means ‘orphans’. You place bets to cover those numbers as follows:
- Straight-up bet on 1 – payout 35-1 (1 chip)
- Split bet on 6, 9 – payout 17-1 (1 chip)
- Split bet on 14, 17 – payout 17-1 (1 chip)
- Split bet on 17, 20 – payout 17-1 (1 chip)
- Split bet on 31, 34 – payout 17-1 (1 chip)
This bet costs five chips and has a chance of 21.6% of coming up trumps. The eagle-eyed among you will have spotted something ‘odd’ about this bet – that you bet on the number 17 twice. Orphelins is the only fixed call bet where this happens, and it is done so to prevent the bet containing two straight-up bets, as it already contains a straight-up bet on the number 1.
Like most fixed call bets, the winnings if the ball falls in one of the numbers wagered upon varies depends upon the actual number. If it’s 1 or 17, then you win back 36 chips, but if it’s any other number (6, 9, 14, 20, 31 or 34) you win back 18 chips. The aim of this bet is to land 1 or 17 as often as possible, with the other six numbers as back up.
Variable Call Bets
Variable call bets are different to fixed call bets as the numbers you bet upon change in all circumstances, but the concept of the bet remains the same. If this seems a little difficult to understand, just read through the details about each variable call bet and you’ll swiftly pick it up!
A ‘neighbours’ bet is five straight-up bets on five consecutive numbers anywhere on the wheel. You would announce the bet as ‘neighbours of 11’ (for example) which would mean you are betting on 11, the two numbers to the left of it (13 and 36) and the two numbers to the right of it (30 and 8). You are, in effect, covering around one-seventh of the wheel (13.5%) with five chances of returning 36 chips, and 32 chances of losing five.
Final bets (or Finale bets as they are also known) are bets that are not based upon the positions of the numbers on the wheel, but cover numbers based on their final digit. A ‘Final 0’ bet would be four straight-up bets on 0, 10, 20 and 30, while a ‘Final 7’ bet would be on 7, 17 and 27. All final/finale bets are straight-up bets on either four numbers (0 to 6) or three (7, 8 or 9).
Other Called Bets
There are many other ‘called bets’ but not all online casinos will accept them. Here are a few ‘obscure’ called bets – either fixed or variable – that you may be able to place:
This is something of a novelty bet as to when you place the chips, you create a pattern that looks like ‘007’ – the secret agent number of James Bond. You place straight-up bets on 4, 6, 7, 9, 14, 18, 19, 21, 28, 30, 32, 33 and 36 and corner bets on 1, 2, 4, 5; 2, 3, 5, 6; 7, 8, 10, 11; 8, 9, 11, 12; 13, 14, 16, 17; 14, 15, 17, 18; 19, 20, 22, 23; 20, 21, 23, 24.
The complete bet covers all inside bets that involve a particular number. This could involve as many as a dozen bets.
For example, a complete bet on 23 would involve one straight-up bet (23), four splits (22,23; 23,24; 20, 23; 23, 26), one street bet (22, 23, 24), four corner bets (19, 20, 22, 23; 20, 21, 23, 24; 22, 23, 25, 26; 23, 24, 26,27) and two six-line bets (19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25; 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27).
Each separate bet would match the amount of numbers covered – one chip on the straight-up bet, two on each split, four on the corner bets and so on. Some complete bets take more chips than others, depending upon their position on the betting table.
Chip bomb or Number Combo
These bets involve selecting a number (usually one in the central column) and betting on all numbers that surround it. With a chip bomb, you place a straight-up bet on the number and all eight numbers that surround it. With a number combo, you place a straight-up bet on the number than eight bets on the intersections with the eight numbers that surround it.
Like the complete bet, the idea of these bets is to get lucky and for your ‘magic’ number to come up in a few bets as possible.
And so concludes our look at call bets on roulette at online casinos in the UK and elsewhere. Remember, to get the most out of your roulette playing only play at trusted online casinos and only play with money you can afford to lose.
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