Roulette вЂ“ in movies, on TV, and in literature, itвЂ™s often depicted as glamorous, exciting, and ridiculously lucrative for whichever character is playing. While winning big at the spinning wheel seems like a fantasy reserved for James Bond and other fictional high rollers, it is possible to minimize risk and win big at the same time by knowing the best roulette bets. It all comes down to the numbers, and how you want to play them.
In American Roulette there are 38 numbers вЂ“ 1 through 36, a single zero, and a double zero. Besides the latter two, half the numbers are red, half are black, half are even, and half are odd. The 0 and 00 are green and obviously not even or odd. Betting on those will earn you a payout of 35:1 вЂ“ but more on all that later.
Now that weвЂ™ve got the bare bones of the Roulette wheel and the felt laid out, letвЂ™s flesh out only some of the best roulette bets you have to choose from.
Roulette Bet 1 : Red/Black, Evens/Odds, 1-18/19-36
No other game on the casino floor gives players the chance of close to 50/50 odds on a single bet. With the red/black, evens/odds, or 1-18/19-36 bets, youвЂ™re giving yourself the chance of hitting almost half the options on the Roulette wheel вЂ“ the 0 and 00 arenвЂ™t counted вЂ“ which gives you a pretty nice chance of winning. Granted, that means that the payout ratio is lower (1:1, bet $10 win $10) but by the numbers, itвЂ™s one of the safest and best roulette bets you can go with when playing the wheel.
Payouts for this can be surprisingly rewarding if youвЂ™re willing to risk more money on each bet. Take Ashley Revell вЂ“ he once bet $136,000 on a single spin of the Roulette wheel. If throwing down that sum of money on a single bet doesnвЂ™t sound impressive or at least make you sweat a little, know that the sum was the entirety of RevellвЂ™s life savings and the entire event was televised. So if Revell won, heвЂ™d double his money and evoke envy and admiration from his spectators; if he lost, heвЂ™d lose everything and earn deserved pity.