How To Master Call Bets in Roulette

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Call bets (aka Announced Bets, French Bets, or Section Bets) is a good old-fashioned tradition of European roulette. The idea of placing these bets is pretty simple. However, it’s not so easy to figure out how to choose the most profitable gambling strategy. And more importantly, how can you count the payouts if you’re on a winning streak? Let’s see how it works right now!

First of all, you need to know are call bets are. But that’s the easiest part! It just goes like this…

Imagine yourself sitting at the roulette table. A dealer just announced the time for placing bets. Everyone puts their chips on the layout. This can be a chaotic process. But you’re an old-school player that knows more ways of winning than just betting on a number. So you sit back and don’t rush it. You just say these magical words to the dealer: “19 and neighbors,” “orphelins à cheval.” Then you watch some chips of yours landing on the layout. Well, you have to admit: there’s nothing complicated about that, right? You’ve just “announced” or “called” your bet that covers a “slice” of the wheel pie.

Roulette Racetrack

When making call bets, you reserve yourself a whole area of the roulette wheel, and this is very much to your advantage. However, not all casinos offer this type of bet because it’s more of a traditional French style. But if you see a section on the table like on the picture below called the “race track,” you can certainly place your call bets here.

Roulette Racetrack

This race track looks like a flat copy of a roulette wheel where you can place your European-style bets. They are visually much easier to understand like this than when the dealer just places chips on the rectangular numbers map.

Meanwhile, as you can tell from the picture above, there are three main call bets:

  • Tier du Cylindre;
  • Orphelins;
  • Voisins du Zero (+ Jeu Zero).

At some roulette tables, you will also see a smaller section within Voisins du Zero called “Jeu Zéro,” which ranges between 12 and 15.

Also, it’s important to mention that American roulette might also have a race track, but by placing section bets you’re going to be betting on various numbers. That happens because the European and American roulette wheels have a different sequence of numbers. To compare them, take a look at the picture below.

American andd Europian Roulette

All in all, call betting might increase your chances of getting more money without really having a strategy. The point of it is that you wager on nice chunks of the wheel, thus anticipating a place where the ball will land. And wherever it drops, if this number makes the part of the section you bet on, you win! Moreover, the payouts for call bets look quite attractive as well. But more on this in a moment!

More On Payouts in Roulette

Generally, if you want to immediately estimate your probable win for the bet, think of how many numbers you’re going to include in it. Naturally, the more numbers you add, the less multiplication of the bet amount you get, because you’re getting more chances.

In other words, every payout counts, depending on your chances to win. For example, if you bet on one number, you get 1 to 37 chances for the ball to land in this position, because there are your number and another 36 positions for it to land into. Knowing that the house keeps its edge, the payout for one number should be 35 to 1. Other payouts count in a similar fashion.

But for all those gamblers out there who don’t have time to do the math, here’s our table of odds and payouts for European/French roulette. Look at the column to the very left to see how many numbers you;re going to bet on. Then look at the Payout column to estimate how much money you’re about to get.

IMPORTANT!!! In European roulette, the same amount of numbers in one particular kind of bet might pay much more than in a regular bet! That’s why it’s such a cool betting system that you might want to consider using. For example, a regular five-number bet would pay 6 to 1, whereas the same five-number bet on Orphelins pays 17 to 1 and 35 to 1 if the ball lands on 1!

How To Master Call Bets in Roulette

Voisins du Zero

This section is the largest one, taking up as many as 17 numbers. That looks like a little less than half of the wheel on the side of zero, from 22 to 25. To place this bet, you would need 9 (or multiple to 9) chips. Another name for this bet is “the grand series.”

The odds for this bet are 45.9%.

The Payout for this bet: up to 24:1.

Jeu Zero

The numbers 12, 35, 3, 26, 0, 32, 15 make up the “zero game.” These are the closest neighbors of zero.

Tier du Cylindre

One dozen of numbers (which is exactly one-third of the wheel) opposite to zero is yet another call bet. Look for numbers between 27 and 33. You would bet with 6 chips and get a nice payout if the ball lands anywhere within Tier du Cylindre.

Odds for this bet: 32.4%

The Payout for this bet: 17:1


Two small sections from both sides between Voisins du Zero and Tier du Cylindre are called the Orphelins (or Orphans). Accordingly, it’s three and five numbers.

Typically, you bet on Orphelins with five chips as shown below. Sometimes, it’s also called “Orphelins à Cheval” because it includes split bets:

Alternatively, you can bet with 8 chips by placing each chip on one number – 1, 6, 9, 14, 17, 20, 31, 34. This variation of the bet is called “Orphelins en Plein;” and of course, it goes with a higher payout.

Odds for this bet: 21.6%

The Payout for this bet: 35:1 or 17:1


A classical neighbor-bet includes five chips – you bet on a number and two consecutive numbers from each side! However, some gamblers like to bet on more neighbors. You can even bet on two numbers, their neighbors in between, and from the sides.

The payout is 35 to 1 for the number that you chose. However, if the ball rests on any of the neighbors, the winner gets fewer chips in return, which depends on how many neighbors were chosen for a number (see the payouts table above). Experienced players would rather bet on the even quantity of neighbors because it pays more, having a smaller house edge.

Final Bets

This is yet another unusual type of bet in European and French roulette. You choose a “final” digit and bet on every number on the wheel which includes this digit. As such, 0 to 6 finals are 4-chip bets, and 9-final is a three-chip bet.

For example, the final bet on 6 covers 6, 16, 26, and 36. The final bet on 9 covers 9, 19, and 29. The payouts count like standard three or four-chip bets (see the payouts table above).

Furthermore, you can bet on split finals. For example, if it’s a 2-5 split, you’re placing a 4-chip bet on splits of 2-5,12-15, 22-25, 32-35.

Frequently Asked Questions About Roulette

  • How to read payouts in roulette?

In a roulette payout writing, you will see something like 35 x 1. This is the amount you multiply your bets by if you win, where 1 is your bet amount. With that said, in a straight-up bet (when you bet on one number), you get 35 times the bet amount, plus your bet back.

  • What is the best way to bet in the European roulette?

Because even numbers carry a smaller house edge, they are considered better in terms of betting strategy than odd numbers. Some of the call bets are more beneficial for the player because they imply a higher payout than if you bet the same numbers in American roulette.

  • Can I bet on all the roulette numbers at once?

Yes, but if you make 36 straight-up bets, your win will be the smallest possible in roulette (because you make an expensive bet). To have more chances of winning, European roulette fans make call bets, which let you place only a few chips, but still bet on a good chunk of a roulette wheel pie.

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