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Understanding the Roulette Odds in Canada

julio 1, 2020
Modified: January 21, 2022

The game of roulette might seem simple when you observe it played in a casino or when seeing it in an online casino such as Betiton, but there is far more to the game than what you see. It is well known that roulette is a game of chance and therefore is entirely dependant on the odds of the game.

Firstly there are many variants of the roulette game such as American roulette and French roulette an, in turn, there are many possible bets that you can place on each type. Therefore, it is important to know know what the best options are before deciding what size bets to place and where to place them.

Any roulette trainer will explain that the odds on most bet options vary quite substantially depending on the roulette version you play. For instance, the betting odds on a single number (1 to 36 and the numbers 0 and 00, depending on the roulette variant) are 37:1. However, the house will only pay out 35:1 on winning bets on these numbers.

The house edge might seem substantial but there are plenty of other combination bets you can place besides placing a single number bet on one of the 38 spots around the roulette wheel. Each one of these combination bets will also come with their own odds. In this roulette guide, we have inspected each of the possible combination bets and will inform you what you need to know about the roulette odds.

What you need to know about roulette odds

When you are preparing to start betting real money on casino games, you have to get to know the chances of winning on each game. This certainly applies when playing the game of roulette at an online Canadian casino such as Betiton. In roulette, each bet you place has a certain probability of paying out which are called ‘odds’.

These odds depend on the type of Roulette you are playing and the specific rules that apply to that variant of the roulette. For instance, European roulette will favour the player more than American roulette. To complicate matters further, if the European roulette game is played with the rules ‘la partage’ and ‘en prison’ then the player will be favoured even more. So it is important for you to understand these odds so that you can apply your roulette strategy to minimize these odds against you.

But remember that we will only discuss the odds and probabilities for the various bet options and not the actual basic rules of the roulette game. If you need to learn the rules of roulette first, please see an article on roulette rules. The game of roulette in general features 2 principal groups of bet options, outside bets and inside bets. The names correlate to the betting positions on the roulette table layout.

The outside bet options have smaller payout but higher chances of winning whereas the inside bet options have higher payouts but you have less of a chance of winning on these.

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Roulette odds on outside bets

Roulette has two main groups of bet options, those being outside bets and inside bets. Any guide on how to play roulette will suggest that if you are a more conservative player, you might want to consider the outside bet options as there is a better chance of winning and receiving payouts off of those options.

The most popular outside bet options are the ‘even money’ bets as they cover more or less half of the possible outcomes on the roulette table beside the zero (and the double zero in the case of American roulette). The ‘even money’ bets are even vs odd, black vs red and the number ranges 1 to 18 and 19 to 36.

On these bets your chances to win are you stand to win are 48.65% with European roulette, and 47.37% with American roulette. On these high probabilities, the payout is 1:1. Further outside bet options are the ‘column’ and ‘dozen’ options which both cover 12 numbers on the roulette table or a bit less than a third due to the 0 and 00 slots.

You can bet on the first, second, or third columns or on the first, second or third dozens which are 1 to 12, 13 to 24, or 25 to 36. The odds for winning for these outside roulette bet options are 32.43% in the case of the European roulette version and 31.58% in the American roulette version resulting in the payout also being higher than that of the ‘even money’ bet options, ie 2:1.

Roulette odds on inside bets

Tips for the more adventurous roulette players are to consider the inside bet options. Inside betting has much lower odds than outside bets but the payouts are significantly better. We refer to placing inside roulette bets as single numbers or a small group of those numbers in various combinations.

The numbers can be grouped in multiple ways but the position of these numbers on the roulette table is important. To ‘straight’ bet is to wager on a specific number on the wheel and is referred to as a single number bet. Straight is betting on one number and has the lowest chance to win but has the highest payout of 35:1. In European roulette, the chance of getting this result is 2.70% and 2.63% in American roulette.

‘Split’ betting means you are betting on two neighbours on the table and the payout for such a combination is 17:1. The odds of a win are 5.26% for American roulette and 5.41% for European roulette. ‘Street’ betting is placing a bet on three numbers in a row such as a 19, 20, and 21. Winning chances here are 8.11% in European and 7.89% in American roulette respectively with a payout of 11:1.

The Double Street option is to bet on two rows of numbers, to cover 6 numbers and the payout is 5:1 with odds of 16.22% and 15.79% for European and American Roulette, respectively. If you ‘corner’ bet, it means betting on 4 numbers that form a square, like 1, 2, 4, and 5 and pays 8:1 with the winning odds of 10.81% on European, and 10.53% on American roulette.

Improving your odds at roulette

You need to remember to approach your online roulette game by remaining realistic that the odds of this game are some of the worst of any game in a Canadian online casino. Roulette simply does not pay out according to what it bets are worth. With American roulette having a house advantage of 5.26% you will need to adhere to some simple tips on how to lower the house edge.

Using the roulette simulator offered at Betiton online casino, you can learn and use some simple strategies to make your online dollar stretch further and still enjoy the thrill and entertainment that the game offers. Using a simple strategy is important if you want to increase your odds of winning in this game.

There are many different bets you can place as long as you remain within the table limits but the truth is that very few players will play roulette by making singe bets at a time. Conversely, the more bets you place on the table, the more challenging and complicated it becomes to follow the outcomes of each bet. A simple plan to only concentrate on outside bets and for instance, only bet on black or red initially, paying out 1:1.

From there on, potentially try a bet of equal amounts on an even money bet and also in a column or dozen combination that pays 2:1. That way you potentially van 26 numbers that you can hit, including 4 numbers that you cover more than once. There are many strategies to follow but just remember that spreading bets like this won’t make you rich overnight.

  • Step 1: Understand the house edge
  • Step 2: Stick to a basic strategy on outside bets
  • Step 3: Play the European wheel

The house edge is basically the advantage that the casino possesses. This advantage of the house is automatically considered into the payouts on winning bets. Some games of chance allow for a varied house edge depending on the bet type, but in roulette, it mostly stays constant regardless of the wager.

Roulette also features the number 0 which basically gives the house its edge over you as it disrupts your chances of winning and reduces the change of a win on even-money bets. To follow a basic strategy on outside bets can help you reduce the house edge. For the novice roulette player, it is easy to spot the outside bet options as they typically happen around the outskirts of the table and are not bets on single numbers.

Bets here are on the first to the third row, even or odd numbers, numbers 1-18 or 19-36, first, second or third dozens and then black or red. The odds with these options are 1:1 on the red/black, odd/even and high/low selections while there are 2:1 odds on dozen and column bets. You can further improve your odds by playing a single 0 European roulette game as the house advantage is half of that if the American version with the double zeros.

If the European game also offers the ‘en prison’ rule, your chances of winning get even better but apply to even money bets only. The en prison rule lowers the house edge even more to a more reasonable 1.35%. By playing the free roulette trainer on Betiton you will be able to apply these three tips on any Canadian online casino.


The payout odds vary depending on the type of bet placed on a game.

The odds of of hitting 0 in roulette is low.

Yes, there is some strategies for Roulette. You can learn more about it in our Guide.

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