Roulette: What is an inside bet?

Roulette: What is an inside bet?

Many players around the world spin the iconic Roulette wheel on a regular basis, but may not realise what bet type they are placing. So, to clear up any confusion, or to simply refresh your betting know-how for the next time you play online Roulette at Betfair, for example, or at a land-based venue, you’ll know exactly what bet type you’re placing and the odds of the payout you could see coming your way if you manage to correctly predict the outcome.

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What is an inside bet?

Before we look closer at what is classed as an inside bet type, firstly, let’s ask ourselves; what is an inside bet? To put it simply, an inside bet is a bet that is placed inside of the betting table layout, within the number section. Any of the boxes beyond the numbers are classed as outside bets.

Inside Bets


With odds of 6:1, a Basket bet consists of placing betting chips in numbered boxes 0, 1, 2 and 3. Also known as a First Four bet, this bet type can be played on both the European and American table layout.


A Corner bet consists of placing a betting chip(s) on the spot where the corners of four numbers meet, for example where the corners meet on numbers 11, 12, 14 and 15. This bet type is also known to some as Four Numbered Bet or even a Square Bet and has odds of 8:1.

Five Numbered Bet

Holding odds of 6:1, this bet type can only be placed within the American variation of Roulette, as it requires the double zero. To place a Five Numbered Bet, or as it is otherwise known, a Top Line Bet, you will need to place a betting chip in boxes 0, 00, 1, 2 and 3.


A Line bet has odds of 5:1 and is comprised of two rows of three numbers. To place this bet, you will need to place a betting chip at the end of two rows of three, where the two ends meet. You may hear this bet type sometimes referred to as a Six Line Bet.

Snake Bet

Holding odds of 2:1, this bet type gets its name from the serpent-like shape that’s created when placing this bet. A snake bet is complete when you place a betting chip(s) in boxes 1, 5, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 23, 27, 30, 32 and 34.


With payout odds of 17:1, this is the second highest inside bet a player can place on the Roulette table. To place a Split bet, you will need to place a betting chip(s) on the line between two numbers that are either side to side of each other or above and below. For example, placing a chip on the line between numbers 10 and 13, or 27 and 28.


With odds of 11:1, this bet type consists of placing one bet on three numbers. To place a Street bet, you’ll need to place a betting chip(s) at the end of one row of three. You may hear other players refer to this bet type as a Trio or Steam bet.

Straight Up

Holding the highest inside bet odds at 35:1, a Straight Up bet is when a player places a betting chip(s) on a single number. Placing this type of bet is the riskiest, yet holds the highest payout rate.

Now you have a better understanding of what an inside bet is classed as, as well as the betting odds attached to each one, will you be trying your chances and placing an inside bet on the Roulette wheel anytime soon?