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What Are Roulette Racetrack Bets? Keep Reading to Find Out!
If you want to master any online casino games, there are always a few money-making tricks you can teach yourself to improve your skills, like how to use roulette racetrack bets to your advantage. We all know that roulette is an exhilarating casino game that offers some hefty payouts. But, is there a way to improve your chances of winning?
Yes, there are many roulette strategies out there. But there are also ways to up your game in racetrack bets roulette games by placing what are known as “call bets”, or “racetrack bets”. But what is a racetrack in roulette and how do you bet with/on it? Keep reading to find out.
What is a roulette racetrack?
The word “racetrack” probably has you thinking that this has something to do with sports betting. Well, it does NOT. A racetrack is a visual representation of the roulette wheel and depicts the numbered pockets on the wheel in their correct sequence.
It allows players to view the roulette wheel on the layout to formulate betting strategies, view the sequence of numbers on the wheel while it’s in motion, and place racetrack bets – usually only available in European or French Roulette games, by the way.
What are racetrack bets in roulette?
Roulette racetrack bets allow players to optimize their betting strategy and increase their betting range by wagering on groups of numbers, usually located next to each other on the wheel. A call bet, or racetrack bet, is basically 1 bet that covers a whole range of numbers in a specific betting pattern on the layout.
Since roulette originated in France, back when our great-great grannies and grandpas were hitting the gambling scene, racetrack bets are usually only found in French and European Roulettes. Yes, there are different types of roulette – American Roulette has 2 Zeros (Ugh!). So for that reason, the names of the popular call bets in roulette games are usually displayed in French – oui-oui?
The main racetrack bets are “Voisins du Zero (Neighbors to Zero)”, Orphelins (Orphans)”, and “Tiers du Cylindre (Series Five-Eight)”. The image below depicts a roulette racetrack and a wheel indicating the numbers covered by each of these call bets – voila! You see? You can learn French AND roulette at Punt – but don’t quote us on the French.
Apart from these 3 main call bets, you also get “neighboring bets”. These are racetrack bets that cover a number chosen by the player, and 2 numbers located on either side of it on the wheel.
This means a neighbor bet covers 5 numbers in total. It allows you to narrow down the areas of the wheel which could see you lose, giving you a bigger pocket for the ball to land without open numbers in between.
Using call bets allows you to place your bets faster, meaning you’ll get to play more rounds in a shorter space of time. It also allows you to place your bets accurately, and racetrack bets roulette strategies can be implemented to increase your chances of winning.
Types of Roulette racetrack bets
Each of these call bets will cost a certain amount of credits/chips, and they all require different types of bet placements on the layout. Let’s take a look at each one individually.
As we mentioned, neighboring bets cover 2 numbers on either side of the number you choose on the wheel – that’s 5 numbers in total. In the example below, the player has chosen “5 and the neighbors” by clicking on the number 5 on the racetrack. A Straight Up bet is then placed on 5 and each of the two numbers on either side of it on the wheel.
You can already see that using roulette racetrack bets is definitely going to speed up your game, and more spins mean more wins. Neighboring bets are the easiest to understand, and you can place them by simply clicking on your chosen number on the racetrack. You can place these bets on as many numbers as you like.
Voisins du Zero / Neighbors to Zero
Neighbors to Zero is slightly tricker. It covers 17 numbers all next to each other on the wheel, but instead of placing Straight Up bets on the layout, Splits, Streets, and Corner bets are used. It’s a 9-piece bet, which means 9 chips will be placed in strategic positions to cover all 17 numbers on the layout.
This is one of the best racetrack bets roulette has to offer and means you can play almost half the wheel with only 9 chips. This is certainly helpful when you’re low on credits, that’s for sure. Here is how the chips are placed on the layout when the bet is made:
Street Bets: Two chips on 0/2/3 Street (pays 11 to 1 for every chip).
Splits: A single chip on 4/7, 12/15, 18/21, 19/22, and 32/35 Splits (pays 17 to 1 for every chip).
Corners: Two Chips on 25/29 Corner (pays 8 to 1 for every chip).
Orphelins / Orphans
No, they’re not called “Orphans” because of a lack of parents (these are numbers, hello?) Orphans are divided into 2 sections on either side of the wheel, as seen in the image below. These sections are separated from each other by the remaining roulette racetrack bets, with Neighbors to Zero on the one side, and Series Five-Eight on the other.
“Orphans” is a 5-piece bet consisting of one Straight Up chip on number 1, and a single chip on 6/9, 14/17, 17/20, and 31/34 Splits. This means you can cover 8 numbers with 5 chips, with number 1 paying out 35 chips, number 17 paying out 34 chips, and the rest of the numbers covered paying out 17 chips. And of course, the winning chips will remain on the layout.
Tiers du Cylindre / Series 5/8
Series Five-Eight is one of the easier racetrack bets roulette games offer. It consists of 6 Splits only, covering 12 numbers – no Straight Ups, Corners, or Streets involved. As you can see in the image below, it covers the wheel section on the opposite side of Zero, and all 12 numbers in the series are covered with 6 chips on the layout.
Series Five-Eight allows you to cover ⅓ of the wheel with 6 chips, and any of these numbers coming up as the winner will see you snatching a 17 to 1 payout. If you’re playing Series Five-Eight, a winning bet every 3 spins should keep your bankroll fairly even. But hopefully, you’ll land this a few consecutive spins in a row.
What are the advantages of using roulette racetrack bets?
- They allow you to place bets faster, meaning you’ll get more spins during your playtime.
- Bets are placed accurately on the layout, without missing your numbers.
- You can isolate numbers on certain sections of the wheel to increase your chances of winning by narrowing down the number of losing sections on the wheel.
- You can use racetrack bets roulette strategies and work out how much the bets cost you every round, and how many rounds you need to win to keep your bankroll increasing.
- You can bet on large sections of the wheel with very few chips.
- Racetrack bets are easy to place and only require 1 click of a button in online roulette.
Use the racetrack to your advantage at Punt Casino
Well, there you have it – you’ve learned how to use roulette racetrack bets AND you’ve learned a little French at the same time. Don’t mention it – we’re always happy to help. But you’ve just learned a new skill, and now it’s time to go out there and put it to use in our best online roulette games at Punt. And please, don’t go speaking French to the roulette wheel – we’re referring to your call bet skills, of course.