Tiers du Cylindre is one of the announced bets you can place when playing roulette. When translated from French to English, "Tiers du Cylindre" means “a third of the wheel.” So, one can easily tell that it’s a bet that covers 12 numbers.
The roulette tier bet is not as common as odds/even, high/low, dozens, and columns. So, you might not fully understand how it works. Thankfully, we have created this simple guide to explain more about the roulette tier bet, its origins, odds, payout, and more.
The roulette tier bet is one of the three “call” or “announced” bets in roulette. It is a wager that covers the 12 numbers opposite the zero pocket on the European Roulette wheel. In other words, it covers the numbers between 27 and 33 (27-13-36-11-30-8-23-10-5-24-16-33), according to how the numbers are arranged on the wheel.
When placing the roulette tier bet, you use six chips, and you put them on the betting grid as follows:
Since you’re using six chips, it’s best to start with those of the smallest value. This would prevent the wager from depleting your bankroll quickly.
There’s a variant of the roulette tier bet where you also place straight-up bets on 5, 8, 10, and 11. In this variant, you use 10 chips, and you have a better chance of winning your wager. Another variant is the Gioco Ferrari, where you also place straight-up bets but on numbers 8, 11, 23, and 30.
In standard European Roulette, there are basically 36 numbers. However, when calculating the odds of winning a bet, you must factor in the zero. That is why the odds of winning the roulette tier bet is 32.4%, instead of 33.33% since the bet covers one-third of the wheel.
The payout for this wager is 17:1 meaning you get 18 units back if you place your six units and win. These 18 units include your initial six-unit stake; therefore, you earn extra 12 units. The exact payout depends on the amount you wagered.
Don’t forget that roulette is a game of chance, and there’s also a chance of losing. If the wager is unsuccessful, you lose the 6 units you used to place your bet. There’s a 67.7% chance of losing this wager.
If you want to increase your chances of winning when placing the roulette tier bet, mix it up with other types of bets. These include:
This is one of the types of inside bets available in most roulette variants. A straight-up wager covers only one number. Though the odds of winning are low, it has a lucrative payout of 35:1. This means that you get back 35 units in addition to your initial bet if you win.
Just like the roulette tier bet, you cover 12 numbers when you place a dozen wagers. However, the numbers are consecutive. That is, it covers one of these three: 1-12, 13-24, and 25-36. Since it has better odds, its payout is less at 2:1. This means that you get to double your wager in addition to the initial stake.
Like dozens and the roulette tier bet, it also covers 12 numbers. However, these are the numbers arranged in a column on the betting grid. The first column covers 1, 4, 7, 10, 13, 16, 19, 22, 25, 28, 31, and 34. However, the second, 2, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 23, 26, 29, 32, and 35.
The third is 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, 33, and 36. It pays 2:1.
The roulette tier bet has a few advantages and disadvantages, which are listed below:
There is no exact time when the roulette tier bet was added to the betting options in the game. However, since this type of bet is common in the European variant, it’s safe to say that it emerged in Europe.
The first form of the game appeared in the 18th century. According to many historians, the roulette wheel was the brainchild of the physicist and inventor Blaise Pascal. It then became one of the most popular casino games in the 19th century.
Thanks to its popularity, it found its way to America where the double zero was added to the wheel. This was done to increase the casino’s advantage. Note that the roulette tier bet is not available on most American variants.
To place the tier bet, you need to put six chips on six different splits. These are: 5/8, 10/11, 13/16, 23/24, 27/30, and 33/36. You can also place other types of bets alongside the roulette tier bet to increase your chances of winning.
The numbers used in the roulette tier bet are those that lie between 27 and 33 on the roulette table. These numbers include 27, 13, 36, 11, 30, 8, 23, 10, 5, 24, 16, and 33.
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