Now You Know: The Worst Bet in Roulette
Roulette is one of the most appealing games in any Las Vegas casino. It’s relatively easy to learn, and it’s a social game. Oh, and there’s usually free liquor involved. Like we were going to forget that one.
One of the things that makes roulette so fun is the wide variety of bets you can make. You can bet “straight up” (on one number, which pays 35-to-1), split a bet between two numbers (paying 17-to-1) or make a “corner bet” (on the corner between four numbers, which pays 8-to-1). There are also “neighbor” bets, “street” bets and “stream” bets.
Of course, in a casino, the house always has the edge (known in gambling parlance as the “vig”). In the case of roulette, the house edge is 5.26%. Not too shabby!
That percentage applies to the typical Vegas roulette table, one with both a zero and double zero. Several casinos in Vegas have single-zero, European-style tables, but those are generally reserved for high limit salons, rather than the main casino floor.
So, what’s the “worst” bet at roulette? It’s all about probability in roulette, and while just about all bets in roulette keep to that 5.26% house edge, one has an edge of 7.89%.
The least player-friendly bet in roulette is the “basket bet,” or a bet that covers five numbers: 0, 00, 1, 2 and 3. Now you know!
Does that mean you shouldn’t bet it? Of course not. If you’re feeling it, go for it. Don’t let anyone tell you how to work your mojo. It’s Vegas, baby!