Almost every modern live casino roulette game has the so-called “racetrack” view. This part of the table contains specific bets that can be valuable with the right strategy.
The racetrack is the other, often-overlooked twin to the classic roulette bet table. This view is not only there to present the available bets in a different order, though. It presents numbers as they appear on the actual roulette wheel. This opens up surprising opportunities for the savvy player.
Knowing all of your betting options is essential to success with betting games. When it comes to roulette, this includes sector bets.
Sector Bets Explained
Let’s start by going through all the possible roulette sector bets.
Importantly, these are not actually new types of bets. Most of them essentially just combine several regular roulette bets into one big whole. If you need help understanding basic roulette bets, check out this guide. Needless to say, we also assume you’re already familiar with how to play roulette at a live casino.
Zero Bets in Roulette
Let’s start with the so-called zero bets. There are two of them in total, but they’re quite similar.
- Jeu Zero is a roulette bet that covers seven numbers 12 to 15 on the wheel. To bet on Jeu Zero, you will need to split your stake into 4 units. Then, use them to place the following bets:
– 3 Splits on 0-3, 12-15 and 32-35
– 1 Straight Up bet on 26
- Voisins du Zero covers 17 numbers, which are on the wheel between 22 and 25. The bet splits your stake into 9 units and places it as follows:
– 5 Splits with 1 unit each on 4-7, 12-15, 18-21, 19-22 and 32-35
– 1 Corner with 2 units on 22-26-28-29
– 1 Trio with 2 units on 0-2-3. Trio is not a common roulette bet, so we’ll note that it pays 11:1.
The Voisins bet in Roulette is essentially an extended Jeu Zero. Typically, the words “zero Bet” is used to point at Jeu Zero, while Voisins du Zero is simply referred to as Voisins. That’s how you’ll encounter these in most live roulette interfaces, too.
Tiers in Roulette
The sector of the racetrack called Tiers refers to Le Tiers du Cylindre, which translates to “third of the wheel”. As you might expect, this bet covers a third of the wheel and a total of 12 numbers.
The Tiers bet in roulette is the simplest Sector bet because it consists of only 6 Split bets. It divides your stake into 6 equal parts and places them on splits 5-8, 10-11, 13-16, 23-24, 27-30, and 33-36.
In roulette, the Orphans bet refers to Orphelins, a type of 5-part multi bet on the racetrack view.
The Orhpelins bet in roulette covers all the sections on the wheel not covered by Zero or Tiers bets. This means that it includes two parts of the wheel not connected to each other. Specifically, it covers parts of the wheel between numbers 17 to 6 and 1 to 9.
The Orhpelins bet splits your stake into 5 equal parts and places it on the following bets:
- 4 Splits on 6-9, 14-17, 17-20, 31-34
- 1 Straight up on 1
Note that the number 17 is covered twice, which means you get a 35:1 payout if it wins.
The last type of bet that we’re going to cover does not target specific numbers. Instead, it’s intended to allow you to target any part of the wheel you want. However, number combinations are based on the pocket’s physical location and not the standard betting table.
The Neighbors bet in Roulette selects one number and places Straight Up bets on that number plus 4 numbers directly surrounding it on the racetrack view/the wheel. For example, a Neighbors bet on 5 places five equal Straight Up bets on 23, 10, 5, 24, and 16.
To find out what a Neighbors bet will be like, just take a look at either the wheel or the racetrack. Pick out the number you want, and look at the two numbers immediately to its left and the two numbers immediately to its right. These 5 are the numbers included in a Neighbors bet.
From the standpoint of probability, there is no difference between Neighbors and other combinations of 5 Straight Up bets. The idea is to be able to quickly and easily target parts of the wheel. This is the main advantage of Neighbours in roulette.
In truth, roulette sector bets do not have an inherent advantage over making multiple straight up-bets. However, this is not necessarily true for games like Lightning roulette, where the location of the numbers can be essential.
Sector targeting is a supposed method for cheating in roulette by predicting which part of the wheel the ball will land on. Some believe it is a viable advantage play strategy.
The idea for how sector targeting works is simple. It’s pretty much impossible to know which number the ball will land on. However, some claim that it’s possible to at least make an educated guess at the part of the wheel the winning number will be on. The idea is to carefully observe patterns as the dealer spins the wheel.
Sometimes, dropping the ball over a certain part of the wheel will increase the chances of a number in a specific part of the wheel winning. There’s no hard science to this, of course. Where the ball ends up depends on many factors besides when the dealer decides to drop the ball.
Sector Targeting in roulette is somewhat grounded in reality. Some experienced roulette dealers claim that they can, in fact, roughly estimate the area of the wheel the ball will land on. You would need the dealer’s help to make this work, though. Not to mention that it’s still guesswork at best and there’s no guarantee of anything. In other words, sector targeting is not a good replacement for a roulette strategy.
Needless to say, Sector Targeting is even less plausible when playing at live dealer online casinos.