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What Are Neighbour Bets In Roulette?

What Are Neighbour Bets In Roulette?

Roulette is a reasonably simple casino game in concept; place your bets, wait for the wheel to stop spinning, and see if the ball lands in a pocket covered by your bet or not. However, once you delve deeper, you'll discover a host of diverse betting options. One such option that has piqued the interest of many players is the 'Neighbour Bet'. 

What Is A Neighbour Bet?

A Neighbour Bet, also known as a Call Bet, is a unique betting option in roulette that allows you to bet on a number and its adjacent numbers. Specifically, a standard neighbour bet includes the selected number and the two numbers on either side of it on the roulette wheel, resulting in a total of five numbers. 

Neighbour Bet Rules

While the rules for neighbour bets may vary slightly depending on the specific roulette variant, the following guidelines generally apply: 

  • Communicate your bet to the dealer: Unlike other bets, neighbour bets must be called out to the dealer. Simply state the number you wish to bet on and mention 'and the neighbours,' along with the amount you want to wager.
  • Position your chips: Place your total bet on the table within reach of the dealer. Remember, it's considered poor etiquette to hand your chips directly to the dealer.
  • Wait for the next betting round: You can only place neighbour bets after the last spin or once the dealer has settled other bets.
  • Plan your bet: Since neighbour bets require communication with the dealer, it's advisable not to wait too long before placing your bet.

Which Numbers Can You Cover With A Neighbour Bet?

As mentioned earlier, a neighbour bet covers a total of five numbers. The main number you choose and two numbers on either side of it on the wheel. This arrangement is based on the layout of the numbers on the wheel rather than the grid. 

However, some casinos may allow you to choose how many neighbours you want to play with, with options ranging from 1 to 9 on either side. 

What Does A Neighbour Bet Cost?

The cost of a neighbour bet is equivalent to the total number of numbers you choose to play. For instance, if the minimum bet for each number on the table is £1, a standard 5-number neighbour bet would cost you £5. Essentially, you should view neighbour bets as multiple straight-up bets, and your total bet value should be a product of your chosen bet amount per number and the total number of numbers you're playing. 

What Odds Do You Get With Neighbour Bets?

In essence, a neighbour bet is a wager on five consecutive numbers on the wheel. Therefore, each number you bet on has a 1 in 37 chance of winning (on a European roulette wheel). Consequently, with a 5-number neighbour bet, your chance of landing a win is around 13.5%. If you do win, a neighbour bet offers a payout ratio of 35:1, similar to any straight-up bet. 

Playing Neighbours In Roulette

Neighbour bets are typically placed using the racetrack layout on the roulette table, a special betting zone that mirrors the order of numbers on the wheel. The steps to place a neighbour bet are as follows: 

  • Locate the racetrack: If the table doesn't have a racetrack, it's likely that neighbour bets are not accepted.
  • Select your bet amount: Choose the amount you wish to wager on each number.
  • Select the number of neighbours: Choose how many numbers you want as neighbours. This is typically two by default but can be adjusted depending on the casino rules.
  • Choose your number: Select the number you wish to bet on.
  • Start the game: Once your bet is placed, start the game and wait for the outcome.

In conclusion, neighbour bets in roulette provide another exciting betting option by allowing you to bet on a series of numbers at once rather than trying to find them on the grid and place 5 separate straight-up bets this way. 

*All values (Bet Levels, Maximum Wins, etc.) mentioned in relation to this game are subject to change at any time.