What Are Street Bets in Roulette?

In the game of roulette, players can cover one or more rows of three consecutive numbers by placing Street Bets.

There’re various bets that can be made on roulette games. You might be familiar with betting options such as;

  • The six outside even money chances that include red and black.
  • The six 2-to-1 options relating to the dozens and the columns.
  • The inside betting options displaying a single green zero and numbers 1 to 36 

Yet there are other kinds of betting options that can be placed on a roulette betting layout, namely on the inside grid area. There are seven different types of bets that can be made there. 

One of those is the Street Bet and it’s made when one or more chips are placed on top of the outer grid line, normally at the lower end of a row of three consecutive numbers. This article explains:

  • Why street bets are different from straight-up bets.
  • What the street bet options are.
  • Street bet chip placement and variation.
  • The process from placing street bets to winning or losing. 
  • Street bet payout odds.
  • Practical reasons why roulette players like street bets. 

Table of Contents

Street Bet Basics

There are various, not-so-obvious bets that can be placed on a roulette table, one of which is the street bet. 

Players new to the game of roulette will look at the grid (which forms part of the betting layout on a roulette table) and think about placing bets on top of the numbers within each square. Those are referred to as single number, straight-up bets with a payout of 35 to 1

However a street bet differs in four ways:

  1. Your bet will always cover a row of three consecutive numbers (horizontally when viewing the numbers the right way up).
  2. Only one chip is used to place a street bet. So instead of covering three straight-up numbers using three chips, you can cover all three using just one chip so long as they’re in a row of three consecutive numbers.
  3. The payout for a street bet win is 11 to 1 
  4. You place one or more chips on the outer grid line, on the end of a lower or higher number, that forms one of the three consecutive numbers in a row. This then will be your street bet. 

Roulette Street Bet Numbers

When making this type of wager, there are 12 possible street bets that can be made. They consist of 12 rows of three consecutive numbers including:
3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, 33, 36
2, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 23, 26, 29, 32, 35
1, 4, 7, 10, 13, 16, 19, 22, 25, 28, 31, 34
    ^                               ^
If you want to cover numbers 22-23-24, you’d place one or more chips on the line on the end of 22 which is the lower of the three consecutive numbers (as indicated above).

If you place a chip on the end of number 4, on that line, the street bet includes numbers 5 and 6 as well.

Roulette in Tablet

Online Roulette Chip Placement

If you’re playing online roulette, you’ll click or tap your intended street bet and the game will position your chips. There should be an option to remove your last bet if you make a mistake as well. 

Half your chip will appear outside of the outer grid line and half inside the numbered square.  

Street Bet Chip Placement Variation

Chip placement depends on how the table layout appears in front of you. If green zero is on your left or on your right, street bets could be made on the outer grid line on the end of the lower or higher number of the row of three consecutive street bet numbers. For example:

  • If green zero is on the left side of your screen and you want to place a street bet to cover 31-32-33, the correct area is on the outer grid line on the end of 31.
  • If the green zero is on the right side of your screen, the correct area to place a street bet is on the outer grid line on the end of 33.

As a rule bets are placed on the player’s side and not the dealer’s side of the table. Though bear in mind, on some online games the structure of bet placements may vary given there may not be a dealer interacting with the chips on a table. 

But the rule of thumb is a street bet is made beside the number of the three numbers that’s closest to you. Or if viewing on a computer or mobile device screen, that number will probably be lower down on the screen than the other two numbers.


The Process of Winning on a Street Bet

A win on a street bet occurs when the ball lands in a pocket on a roulette wheel and the outcome belongs to one of the street bet numbers on the table betting layout.   

If there is a live roulette dealer, the dealer places a glass or metal dolly marker over the resulting number on the table layout. This confirms that number to be the outcome.

The result of the roulette game will appear on a scoreboard.

Street Bet Payout Odds

When the outcome is one of your street bet numbers, your settled bet is paid out at 11 to 1. As an example, a $10 wager will return $110. The $10 stake is also returned, thus the total payout is $120.

Should you lose on a street bet, the chips you staked and the total bet size value will be lost.

Street bets are useful to players because:

  • If you’ve only got a few chips to play with, you only need to stake one chip to cover three numbers.
  • By placing several street bets you’re able to cover a wider selection of numbers. For example, four chips make four street bets covering a third of the 36 numbers.

Stephen R. Tabone is an English Writer from Great Britain. He is a casino games professional pattern player and outcomes systemiser. He is the Author of Bestselling Baccarat books, ‘The Ultimate Silver Bullet Proof Baccarat Winning Strategy 2.1’ and ‘The Ultimate Golden Secret Baccarat Winning Strategy 3.0’.

In 2011, Mr. Tabone earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in Creative Writing and Philosophy from the University of Greenwich, London. And holds qualifications in Law and in Business.