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Roulette: What’s an inside bet?

When we think of the online gaming world, many players instantly think of Slots, Poker, Blackjack and the iconic Roulette wheel!

With this in mind, we wanted to dive into the Roulette world to find out a little more about the gaming classic, what exactly an inside bet is and how a player such as yourself would go about placing one within a game.

Of course, in today’s world, this could either be in person within a brick and mortar casino, or online via one of the many casino sites available.

So, if you want to know more about inside bets, read on to find out more.

What is an inside bet?

When it comes to Roulette, an inside bet is determined by the positioning of a player’s wagering bet on the game table.

The Roulette table has two sections – an inside area and an outside area.

When looking at a Roulette table layout, you’ll notice a grid with individual numbers within each box from 0 to 36. This is known as the inside area. All other boxes surrounding this grid are known as the outside area.

It is the numbered grid where inside bets are placed and played.

If, when placing a wager, you place your betting chip(s) within one or more of the numbered boxes, this is classed as an inside bet.

Inside bets types

Now you know where on the table a bet needs to be placed to be classed as an inside bet, let’s take a look at a few bets classed as inside bets, that you could potentially place the next time you step up to the physical or virtual table.

Straight Up

The easiest inside bet to place. To place a straight up bet, you simply need to put a betting chip(s) within a box containing a single number. That’s it.

A straight up bet is a bet placed on an individual number. You can choose any of the single number boxes between 0 and 36, so whether you wish to place a wager on your favourite number, door number or a random number of your choosing, the choice is yours.

A straight up bet carries the odds of 35:1.


If you can’t decide between two numbers, and they happen to be next to each other on the table layout, either to the side or above or below, you could place one wager on both numbers simultaneously – this is known as a split bet.

To place a split bet, you’ll need to place your betting chip(s) on the line between the two numbers. It’s good to remember here, that although the numbers are next to each other on the table layout, they aren’t neighbours on the Roulette wheel.

A split bet carries the odds of 17:1.

Square / Corner

If you’d rather spread your wager across four numbers, you could place a bet known as a square or corner.

To place a square or corner bet, the four numbers you wish to wager on must be together on the table layout. If you look at the table layout for example, you could please a corner or square bet on numbers 19, 20, 22 and 23, as they are all sat in a group together on the table layout. To place a wager on 19, 20, 22 and 23, you’ll need to place a betting chip(s) in the corner where all four numbers meet.

A square or corner bet carries the odds of 8:1.

Will you be placing an inside bet on your next visit to the Roulette table?


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