What Are Announced Roulette Bets and Should You Bother Making Them?

If you play roulette, you’re probably aware of all the basic bets listed on the table. You’ll find a wide variety of wagers featured on the inside and outside parts of the board.

But there’s also a certain set of wagers that many players don’t know about. Dubbed “announced” bets, these wagers see you put chips down on a different area of the roulette table and announce that you’re doing so.

Considering that roulette features dozens of wagers, you might wonder what the point is of learning a few more bets. But as you’ll see in this post, there are a few reasons why announced wagers are worth looking into.

That said, I’m going to discuss what exactly announced roulette bets are, how they work, and what their odds of winning are.

What Is an Announced Roulette Bet?

As you may know, common roulette bets are found in a rectangular grid on the table. Any wager that you make within this grid is referred to as an “inside bet.”

You’ll also see boxes located outside of the grid, which are referred to as “outside bets.” I’ll briefly discuss all of these propositions later, but my current point is that it’s easy to spot common roulette wagers.

Announced bets are found on an oval-shaped area (a.k.a. racetrack) away from the main betting board. Often called “French bets,” these propositions see you lay down chips at different points of the racetrack to cover a series of numbers.

The idea here is to cover large sections of consecutive numbers on the wheel. For example, voisins du zéro sees you bet on nearly one half of the wheel.

The reason why announced wagers are found on a separate section away from the main play area is that casinos want to eliminate confusion with chips.

Many roulette tables give players colored chips, so that the dealer can easily identify everybody’s bet. But French roulette tables sometimes give players chips that are only identified by a numerical value.

Therefore, it becomes extra important to avoid having too many chips on the main board at once. This is why casinos offer the racetrack betting area for French bets.

Also note that you won’t always find announced wagers in every casino. If you’re interested in making these bets, you’ll need to scout ahead to ensure that a casino offers them.

How Does an Announced Roulette Wager Different from a Call Wager?

Announced wagers are also referred to as “call bets.” Both casinos and players tend to use these terms interchangeably.

Announced and call wagers have similarities, including the fact that they’re both made on the racetrack and require you to announce the bet. But the key difference is whether or not you have to lay down chips when announcing the wager.

An announced bet requires that you lay chips on the racetrack. A call bet doesn’t require you to put down any chips at the time of the wager.

This distinction is important, because a call wager, which essentially involves betting on credit, is illegal in some jurisdictions. For example, UK casinos don’t allow credit-based betting.

Other than the betting process differences, announced and call wagers are similar to each other.

You should have no trouble switching from one to the other if you’re in a casino that allows both.

The Process of Making Announced Bets

The most difficult part of making announced bets is knowing where to lay down the chips. These wagers require you to put chips on a number of different spots so that you can represent a large, connected section of the wheel.

Some of these wagers are easier to make than others. Tiers du cylindre is the simplest, because you only need to put down chips on six different splits.

Orphelins is another relatively simple announced bet. This wager involves laying one chip on the number 1, along with one chip each on four different splits.

Other announced wagers like voisins du zero are more difficult to make and understand. This wager involves betting on 17 different numbers, which requires that you put single chips on five spots along with four chips on more-complicated wagers.

I’ll discuss exactly how to make each bet in the next section. But I wanted to stress how some announced wagers are more complicated than others.

What Are the Different Announced Roulette Bets?

The four announced roulette wagers include jeu zéro, le tiers du cylindre, orphelins, and voisins du zéro. Each of these bets differs in terms of the numbers they cover and the betting process.

All of the following information is based on a European roulette wheel, which features 37 numbers.

Jeu Zéro (Zero Game)

Jeu zéro, a.k.a. zero spiel (German for “zero game”), is a bet based on the numbers closes to zero. The number series for this wager include: 12-35-3-26-0-32-15.

You need to lay down four total chips (or equal multiples thereof) to make this wager. One chip each is put on the 0-3 split, 12-15 split, and 32-35 split, while one is placed on 26 straight-up (four total chips).

Earlier I mentioned how announced wagers are often referred to as French bets. Jeu zéro, despite its name, is more popular in Germany than France.

Some German casinos also feature a 5-bet variation that’s referred to as “zero spiel naca.” Making zero spiel naca involves placing chips on the previously mentioned table areas along with one chip on 19 straight-up.

Le Tiers du Cylindre (Third of the Wheel)

Le tiers du cylindre refers to a section of the wheel that lies between 27 and 33. This series for this bet is: 27-13-36-11-30-8-23-10-5-24-16-33.

Le tiers du cylindre is the French term for one-third of the wheel. This is fairly accurate when considering that it covers 12 numbers, which is nearly one-third of the wheel.

You place this bet by putting one chip on the 5-8 split, 10-11 split, 13-16 split, 23-24 split, 27-30 split, and 33-36 split.

Certain casinos in Italy and other European countries offer another version of this bet called “gioco ferrari,” which is designated on the racetrack with a red “G.” You place gioco ferrari by putting chips on straight-up bets of 8, 11, 23, and 30.

Orphelins (Orphans)

Orphelins is the only announced bet that covers non-connected sections of the wheel. The two series of this wager include: 17-34-6, and 1-20-14-31-9.

These series represent the two wheel sections that aren’t covered by le tiers du cylindre or voisins du zéro.

You make the orphelins bet by putting one chip each on the 6-9 split, 14-17 split, 17-20 split, 31-34 split, and 1 straight-up.

Voisins du Zéro (Neighbors of Zero)

Voisins du zéro covers 17 numbers between 22 and 25, which is almost half of the European wheel. The series of this bet is: 22-18-29-7-28-12-35-3-26-0-32-15-19-4-21-2-25.

Voisins du zéro is the most-complex announced bet due to the multi-chip trio and corner wagers. You’ll have nine chips on the table in total, or equal multiplies thereof.

You make this bet by putting two chips each on the 0-2-3 trio and 25-26-28-29 corner, along with one chip each on the 4-7 split, 12-15 split, 18-21 split, 19-22 split, and 32-35 split.

Odds of Winning Announced Roulette Wagers

All announced European roulette bets have a 2.70% house edge. This is the exact same house advantage of every other European wheel wager.

Therefore, no announced bet has an advantage over the others in terms of house edge. But where you’ll see separation is in the odds of winning each wager.

Voisins du zero gives you the best chances of winning at 45.9%.

You have a 5.4% chance of winning any of the split bets (4/7, 12/15, 18/21, 19/22, 32/35). You have an 8.11% chance of hitting the corner (25/26/28/29) and trio (0/2/3) bets, which each require two chips.

Tiers du cylindre offers the next best chances at 32.4%. You have a 5.4% chance of winning any of the splits (5/8, 10/11, 13/16, 23/24, 27/30, 33/36).

Orphelins offers you a 24.3% chance of winning. You have a 2.7% chance of hitting the lone straight-up bet (1) and a 5.4% chance with any of the split wagers (6/9, 14/17, 17/20, 31/34).

Jeu zéro gives you an 18.9% chance of winning. You have a 2.7% chance of getting the straight-up bet (26) and a 5.4% chance of winning any of the splits ( 0-3 split, 12-15 split, 32-35).

Why Should You Consider Making Announced Bets?

Announced wagers don’t give you any advantage over other European bets with regard to the house advantage. But they do offer a couple of other perks that make them worth considering.

First off, announced bets are fun for players who like getting lots of action on each spin. If you’re the type of person who already likes putting down multiple bets during every round, then you’ll have fun with announced propositions.

These wagers are also worth considering because they offer solid odds. The four bets I’ve discussed here offer anywhere between an 18.9% and 45.9% chance of winning.

If you’re used to the typical drill of making common roulette bets, then you should enjoy the announced variety. Announced bets are a nice way to spice up the action when you’re looking for something different.

One more potential benefit is if you think that the wheel could be compromised and favoring certain numbers (a.k.a. wheel bias). Assuming you know that the wheel is favoring a certain section, you can capitalize on this with one or two announced bets (depending upon the location of the bias).

I should warn you that finding biased roulette wheels is difficult these days due to the improved manufacturing process. Nevertheless, you might still be able to find a wheel that has a messed-up shaft or frets (dividers between numbers).

Finding “section bias” requires recording at least 500 spins and analyzing the data. If you notice a pattern where the wheel is favoring a particular section, then you can exploit this with announced bets.

But for practical purposes, the main benefits of these wagers include trying something new and getting more action per spin.

How Do Announced Wagers Compare to Regular Roulette Bets?

The main way that announced bets differ from regular wagers is in how they involve consecutive numbers on the wheel.

This isn’t to say that you can’t connect numbers on the wheel with regular bets. After all, you can simply place multiple straight-up or split wagers that cover consecutive wheel numbers.

But for the most part, announced bets are the easiest and most-coordinated way to cover a large wheel section. This is especially true with voisins du zero, which consists of 17 numbers ranging from 22-25.

Another difference is that announced bets cover more numbers than the average roulette wager. Below you can see the categories of bets offered on the main table:

Outside Bets

  • High or low – Covers numbers ranging from 1-18 (low) or 19-36 (high)
  • Red or black – A bet on if the ball lands in a red or black pocket
  • Even or odd – A wager on if the ball ends up in an even or odd-numbered pocket
  • Dozen bet – Covers numbers ranging from 1-12; 13-24; or 25-36
  • Column bet – Covers numbers in the first, second, or third column of the numbered grid

Inside Bets

  • Straight-up – A wager on a single number winning
  • Split – A bet on two vertically or horizontally adjacent numbers (e.g. 12& 15)
  • Street – A wager on three numbers in a horizontal line (e.g. 31, 32& 33)
  • Corner (square) – Wagering on four numbers that intersect at a corner (e.g. 2, 3, 5&6)
  • 6 line (double street) – Betting on two adjacent lines (6 total numbers)
  • Trio – A wager on three numbers, with at least one being zero.
  • First four – Betting on 0-1-2-3

High/low, odd/even, and red/black each cover 18 numbers, which is more than any announced bet. However, the majority of roulette wagers cover fewer numbers than an announced wager.

The most obvious difference between announced and regular bets is in where you place your chips. Standard roulette wagers are made in the main play area.

In contrast, announced bets are placed a separate section known as the racetrack. You must also notify the dealer (a.k.a. announce) when you make these wagers.

Conclusion

Whether or not you fall in love with announced wagers is all subjective. But I suggest trying these bets at least once if you play roulette frequently.

Again, not every casino offers announced bets. If your casino doesn’t have them, you can do some research and find a gambling venue that does.

You may not have a land-based casino in your area with announced bets. In this case, you can always find a gaming site that features them.

The biggest reason why I suggest giving announced bets a try is because they’re unique. You get to wager on a number of propositions all under the same bet.

You also have good odds of winning most announced wagers, which is perfect for anybody with a small bankroll who needs frequent payouts.

That said, look for announced bets at your local casino or go online and give them a try.

Michael Stevens: Michael Stevens has been researching and writing topics involving the gambling industry for well over a decade now and is considered an expert on all things casino and sports betting. Michael has been writing for GamblingSites.org since early 2016.