Column Bet

Being one of the most popular and exciting table games in casino history, roulette is no doubt the most sought after game within land based casinos as well as online casinos. The main aim of any type of roulette game is for players to place bets on numbers or groups of numbers within a roulette layout in the hopes that one of the numbers chosen turns out to be the winning number as revealed in the roulette wheel. Players are able to place a variety of bets within a roulette layout ranging from different inside bets and outside bets.

A column is one of the various outside bets that can take place within a roulette game. But before explaining what a column bet is, it is important that players firstly understand the difference between an outside bet and an inside bet. Whether a player is playing American roulette or European roulette, the table layout will remain very similar. The main numbers in any roulette game are from 0 to 36. However although American roulette has added an additional zero figure, the double zero (00) the layout still remains similar. At the top of the table are located the zero(s) in the colour green in order to distinguish them from all other numbers which are marked in either red or black. The idea of adding a zero(s) to the roulette layout was to create further competition in the game and increase the house edge by 5.26% in American roulette and half the amount in European roulette due to the fact that there is only one zero (0) figure in European roulette. The rest of the numbers from 1 to 36 are laid out in numerical order in rows of three numbers and divided into three columns. The alteration between the colours red and black for each number will go in accordance to the roulette wheel layout which will contain the same numbers as on the roulette table. Any bets placed within this inner numbered area of the roulette layout are called inside bets. Such bets include the straight up bet, the split bet, the street bet, the six line bet and the corner bet. On the other hand, there are also bets which are called outside bets such as the column bet, the high and low bet, the dozen bet, the black and red bet and the odd and even bet. These types of bets are located on the outside of the numbered layout and clearly marked in boxes. A player will place a bet on any one of these boxes in order to cover a particularly grouped type of numbers. In this case, the player is not necessarily selecting a particular number and therefore the payout odds for such bets are much lower than inside bets where a particular number would need to be selected. A column bet is a group of numbers which cover any of the three columns of numbers within a roulette layout. A player can choose to either place bets on all three columns or on a single column at the time. Each column respectively has a payout odd of 2 to 1 and covers either the numbers 1 4 7 10 13 16 19 22 25 28 31 34, 2 5 8 11 14 17 20 23 26 29 32 35, or 3 6 9 12 15 18 21 24 27 30 33 36. It is important to note that in this form of bet the zero(s) are not included.

In order for a column bet to take place, players will place a chip on the box at the bottom of each column depending on which column the player desires. The same situation applies to players who are either playing American roulette, European roulette or online casino roulette. In online roulette, not only are players able to play in either virtual or live mode but they are also able to play either free roulette or for real money. The case of online roulette players can opt to play with either a virtual croupier or a real live croupier who would be dealing from within a live land based casino transmitting a live broadcast to players’ computer screens. In the case of RNG roulette, or virtual roulette players will be playing a one to one game with the virtual croupier whereby it will be up to the players to determine how fast or slow paced the game shall be. This is made possible thanks to the roulette software being used in virtual roulette whereby it is up to the players to spin the wheel whenever they have finished placing their bets on the roulette table. Free player is more often than not being offered in virtual mode. This form of play enables players to practice their roulette strategies involving a column bet or better acquaint themselves with the game before putting their moves into practice in real play. This is one of the many advantages that online casinos have to offer over land based casinos.

Among the many players who play roulette around the world, there are players who may either play at beginner level for the fun and excitement of the game, or players who play at a professional level in order to gain a career in the game. Either way, most players try to make use of some of the most popular roulette strategies the game has to offer. Although there are many strategies, the player will choose one that suits them the most which may include the use of mathematical progression or cove as many numbers within a layout as possible. One of the many roulette strategies players may come across includes the first and third column strategy. This strategy entails that one bet of 2 chips is placed on the first column while one bet of two chips is also placed on the third column. In this case players are covering most of the red coloured numbers on the roulette layout. Another bet on the outside bet of black will provide an additional insurance that should a black numbered be revealed as the winning number within the roulette wheel players will still cover as many numbers as possible. In the case that the winning number proves to be a red number within the second column which is not covered by any of these bets, then the player will lose all six chips placed on the table. However should the winning number be a black number in the middle column, the player will only lose two chips.