Roulette snake bets consist of 12 single-number bets that form an 'S' shape on the table, moving from one corner to the next with no split bets in between. Numbers 1, 5, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 23, 27, 30, 32, and 34 are almost always included in these types of roulette bets
Snakes are so often feared out in the wild, but in roulette, players tend to approach them a lot differently.
For those not in the loop, there is a type of bet in roulette known as the snake bet, and what it does is reward players with consistent 2:1 payouts by distributing chips across the table a certain way.
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The above payout average is what makes it one of the most popular bet types around, and that applies to all versions of roulette – from land-based European tables to those American roulette games you play online.
In this blog, we will be exploring roulette snake bets up close, identifying the odds and payouts, the pros and cons, and more. The goal here is to not only change how you think about a certain reptile but to help you make informed decisions at the roulette table.
Sssshall we begin?
A snake bet in roulette is very easy to spot due to its shape. Roulette snake bets consist of 12 single-number bets that form an ‘S’ shape on the table, moving from one corner to the next with no split bets in between.
Numbers 1, 5, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 23, 27, 30, 32, and 34 are almost always included in these types of roulette bets. What do all of these numbers have in common? They all cover red squares on the table, hence why some refer to it as the “red snake” bet.
Black snake bets also exist, which are adapted from the red snake bet where players distribute chips across the opposite colour instead.
As mentioned, the payout average for a roulette snake bet is 2:1, with a single number payout giving you roughly 35:1 should it come through. In other words, this type of bet will put you in a great position more often than not!
Probability-wise, the percentages differ based on the version of the roulette you’re playing. For European games, it is 32.43% and for American games, it is slightly lower at 31.58%.
The red snake bet, while occasionally fortuitous, does not increase your chances of winning. You still have the same probability of winning as you would by placing 12 random straight bets on the table. The house edge is also unchanged.
So what does this all mean? It means that placing snake bets does not give you any real advantage compared to some of the other bets you can place in roulette.
It is unknown where the roulette snake bet came from. That said, the choice of snakes and the colour red has led many to believe that this type of bet is of Chinese origin. There is a snake in the Chinese zodiac and the colour red is said to represent happiness, fortune, and great luck.
How likely is it that someone has made a similar roulette bet before under a different name? Quite likely, but to the majority of players and casinos, this is a snake bet.
Below you will find some frequently asked questions on online roulette table and snake bets:
To place a snake bet all you need to do is place 12 straight bets on the following numbers: 1, 5, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 23, 27, 30, 32, and 34. This should create an ‘S’ shape on the table going from one end to the other.
Red snake bets are a lot more set compared to black snake bets. The latter requires the player to assign chips in 12 black positions from one end of the table to the other, similar to the red snake just a lot less organised.
A column bet is a bet in and of itself, whereas a snake bet is 12 different bets that create the snake. Column bets are easier to place and require less effort, but both bets have an average payout of 2:1, meaning personal preference will often dictate which you choose.
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