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Roulette Call Bets

Even though call bets are not an important part of the roulette game; knowing about them can one day make you a lot of money (they are usually ‘faster’ than layout bets, for in some cases a player can call these mid-spin). The term ‘call bet’ is not exactly accurate (call bets refer to bets that have no collateral /chips/ placed on the table; such bets are considered ‘credit bets’ and are illegal in many countries around the world). The correct term people should be using is ‘announces’ or ‘announced bets’.

They are called ‘announced’ bets because a player must ‘announce’ his wager, and thus not placing his chips on the layout itself. You might be asking yourselves “How can a player place a wager without there being a layout present”? In this case, the betting system corresponds to the wheel itself, and not the layout, or its groupings. This means that lines, dozens, odds/evens etc. are completely out of the game; replaced by more convoluted combinations (most often used in European casinos), such as the Voisins du Zero, Orphelins and Tiers du Cylindre. Before we move on to discussing every one of these, let us first look at the basic French wheel (To the right*).


Voisins du Zero

Literally translated, this bet means “Neighbours of Zero”. And if we look at the wheel, we can see which are the Voisins du Zero numbers: 22,18,29,7,28,12,35,3,26,0,32,15,19,4,21,2,25. The bet itself is played using 9 chips (or multiples of 9 chips, like 18, 28 etc), placed on the first street 0,2,3; one chip goes between 7 and 4 (split); plus one more split on 12 and 15; and one more on 18 and 21; again on 19 and 22; one last split on 32 and 35; and finally a square on 25,26,28,29.

Tiers du Cylindre

Now that we’ve seen the ‘zero neighbourhood’, let’s look at the other end of the wheel, where the Tiers du Cylindre (Thirds of the wheel, also known as Small Series or Series 5/8) numbers are: 27,13,36,11,30,8,23,10,5,24,16,33. This bet is handled pretty straight forward: the 12 numbers are split into pairs, and played using 6 chips (or a multiple of 6); 5 and 8, 10 and 11, 13 and 16, 23 and 24, 27 and 30, 33 and 36 – all splits.


Orphelins refer to the 2 ‘orphan’ set of numbers between Voisins du Zero and Tiers du Cylindre: on one side we have 1, 20, 14, 31, 9 and on the other 17, 34, 6. This bet is made using 5 chips (or, of course, multiples of 5). There are 4 splits: 31 and 34, 17 and 20, 14 and 17, 6 and 9 and a single chip on 1.

*Jeu zéro

Also known as the ‘zero game’, this bet is very popular among German; and many other European casinos throughout the Old Continent. The numbers are 12, 35, 3, 26, 0, 32, 15, and they constitute 3 splits, 1 chip each (0 and 3; 12 and 15; 32 and 35) and one chip straight on 26.

Number X and the Neighbours

Number X can be any one of the 36 numbers on the roulette disk; and the neighbours are the two adjacent numbers on either side. The bet is played using 5 chips, so a 4 and the neighbours bet for example, would be placing a single chip on 19, 15, 21, 2 and 4.

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Roulette Outside Bets
Roulette Call Bets
Roulette Betting Strategies
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Final Bets

Of course there can never be a ‘final bet’ while at a casino. Final bets (or finaal, for more dramatic effect) are bets that group kind of ‘diagonal/zig-zaggy’ going numbers; basically a combination that begins with a digit and each number afterwards ends with the same digit. An example of this would be 4, 14, 24, 34; or 2, 12, 22, 32 etc. etc.

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