Can you guess the most popular number to bet on in roulette? It’s black 17, thanks to James Bond, who made the bet famous in the 1971 movie Diamonds Are Forever. While you’re free to follow in his footprints and bet on a lucky number, there are many other ways to gamble on a roulette wheel – all of which fall into one of two categories: inside bets and outside bets.


Inside Bets: High Risk, High Reward

Every roulette table has a rectangle that comprises the numbers 1 to 36. When you place a bet inside this rectangle, you’re placing an inside bet. These bets can be a single number – like black 17, or a cluster of numbers, like 25-26-27. Inside bets offer higher rewards than their outside counterparts, because they come with lower odds of winning. The payouts are as seen below:

Straight Up (one number): 35:1 Payout

Split (two neighboring numbers): 17:1 Payout

Street (three consecutive numbers): 11:1 Payout

Corner (four numbers): 8:1 Payout

Line (six numbers): 5:1 Payout


Outside Bets: Low Risk, Low Reward

Decrease the volatility of your roulette bets by sticking to outside bets. These bets can be found on the tabs just outside of the betting rectangle, and include things like red, odds, evens. You’ll win more frequently, but the payouts will be lower than those given by inside bets.

Column (12 numbers): 2:1 Payout

Dozen (numbers 1-12, 13-24, 25-36): 2:1 Payout

Red (all red numbers): 1:1 Payout

Black (all black numbers): 1:1 Payout

Even (all even numbers): 1:1 Payout

Odd (all odd numbers): 1:1 Payout

1-18 (numbers 1 to 18): 1:1 Payout

19-36 (numbers 19 to 36): 1:1 Payout


The payouts listed above are consistent throughout Café Casino’s four roulette variants, but there are some differences worth noting. European Roulette has one “0” on the wheel, making it a 37-number wheel. As a result, you’re playing with a 2.70% house edge. American roulette has a “00” in addition to the “0”. With a 38-number wheel, you’re looking at a 5.26% house edge. Which roulette would James Bond choose: American or European?