Okay, keep going: players buy chips (or bring chips to the table), then place their bets on any number or proposition:

THE STRAIGHT

Bet one or more numbers by placing your bet on that or those numbers in the layout. If your number or one of your numbers must match, you win 35 to 1 on that number. The edges of the house: American double zero wheel, 5.26 percent; the European one-zero wheel, 2.70 percent.

SPLIT BET

This bet is placed on more than one number by placing your chips on the line between two numbers. The payoff if either number is 17 to 1. The house odds are 5.26 for the American double zero wheel and 2.70 for the European single zero wheel.

THE STREET BET, OR THE THREE NUMBERS BET OR “SIDE BET” OR THE TRIO

With all these titles, you would think the bet would be profitable in the thousands to one. No. It is simply a bet on three numbers. You make the bet by placing your chips on the outer edge of the three numbers.

A winning bet is worth 11 to 1. The house edge on the American double zero wheel is 5.26 percent and 2.70 percent on the European zero zero wheel.

THE CORNER, THE SQUARE, THE FOUR NUMBER BET

The bet is that one of the four selected numbers will win. The bet can only be accepted if all four numbers form a square and of course, being smart, someone called the bet the square. The bet is placed on the intersection where the four numbers meet.

A winning bet pays 8 to 1. The house edge on US double zero wheels is 5.26 percent and it is 2.70 percent on European single zero wheels.

THE FIVE NUMBER BET

Also known as “The Monster” or “The Beast”

This bet is only found on American double zero wheels. It incorporates five numbers: 0, 00, 1, 2 and 3. A winning bet is paid 6 to 1. House edge (grabs your heart) 7.89 percent! If you want to bet those five numbers, you’d better only place one chip or chips on each number and that will bring the house edge back to 5.26 percent.

THE LINEAR BET, OR THE SIX NUMBER BET, OR THE SIXLINE BET

Place this bet on the outer edges of the six numbers you want to bet on. The bet is between 5 and 1. The house edge on US double zero wheels is 5.26 percent and 2.70 percent on European single zero wheels.

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