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Neighbors of Zero Bet in Casino Roulette

By: Mark Freedman, Sunday November 1st 2009
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Usually the bets in roulette are extremely simple. The chip is placed on a set of numbers and depending on the number of numbers in the set the payout table determines the amount won. However French roulette introduced a number of unusual bets called 'call bets' that are more complicated in nature. These bets involve a number of chips being wagered simultaneously at different places on the roulette layout. Some of these chips may cover single numbers, some may cover two numbers and some may cover even more numbers. Sometimes one chip is placed on a set of numbers and sometimes more than one chip is placed on a set of numbers. Therefore it is not immediately apparent as to what the payout will be. In fact the payout varies with the actual number called in the spin. Many new players who place wagers on call bets rarely bother about understanding them because the software does all the calculations. However prudent roulette players should be aware of the details. This article covers one of the most common call bets, the neighbors of zero.

The neighbors of zero bet does not follow the layout on the roulette table but follows a continuous sequence of numbers on the roulette wheel of which zero is at the center. The full sequence consisting of 17 numbers is 22, 18, 29, 7, 28, 12, 35, 3, 26, 0, 32, 15, 19, 4, 21, 2 and 25. However the bets have to be placed on the layout. Therefore this sequence is broken into splits (2 numbers), trios (three numbers) and corners (4 numbers) and nine chips of equal denomination are wagered. Two chips are placed on the 0, 2, 3 trio; one each on the 4, 7 split, the 12, 15 split, the 18, 21 split, the 19, 22 split and the 32, 35 split and two chips on the 25, 26, 28, 29 corner.

If each chip is $1, then the question that needs to be answered is what will the neighbors of zero bet of $9 payout? Splits payout 17 to 1, trios payout 11 to 1 and corners payout 8 to 1. Hence the payouts for all possibilities can be listed.

  • If any of the 20 numbers not in the given sequence are called then the payout is zero and the player loses $9.
  • If any of 0, 2 or 3 are called the player receives a payout of 11 to 1. Since his wager on the trio was $2, he will receive $22 and be returned his original wager of $2. He will lose the remaining $7 of his original wager. Hence his net win will be $15.
  • If any of 25, 26, 28 or 29 are called the player receives a payout of 8 to 1. Since his wager on the corner was $2, he will receive $16 and be returned his original wager of $2. He will lose the remaining $7 of his original wager. Hence his net win will be $9.
  • If any of the numbers from the five splits are called the player receives a payout of 17 to 1. Since his wager on each split was $1, he will receive $17 and be returned his original wager of $1 for that split and lose the remaining $8 of his original wager. Hence his net win will be $9.

Complicated as the neighbors of zero bet may seem, it has the same house edge as any other bet in this version of roulette. Therefore this bet is neither more favorable nor less favorable than any other bet, it is only different. The above explanations are based on a European wheel that has only a '0'.

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