What are ‘Inside Numbers’?
When heard in the casino, ‘inside numbers’ are usually wagers on numbers at the craps or roulette table and the specific number or numbers on which those bets are placed. In craps, the inside numbers are 5, 6, 8 and 9. In roulette, the inside numbers are 1-36 (plus the zero and, if present, the double zero) and inside bets are placed on one or some of these numbers.
‘Inside Numbers’ Explained
Two of the most popular casino table games in the world are craps and roulette and each game has its own version of ‘inside numbers’ which a player can place a wager on. The inside numbers are very different in craps than in roulette and the kinds of bet that can be placed on inside numbers also differ vastly between the two games.
In craps, the inside numbers are the numbers 5, 6, 8 and 9. These are the most commonly rolled numbers in dice games (alongside the seven) because there are many different ways they can be rolled. For example, a 6 could be two 3s, a 5 and a 1 or even a 4 and a 2. Inside bets pay low but they come in often, and they remain working until taken down so they can pay out several times. The inside numbers make for popular bets because they player can get a return quickly, take down the bets and escape the turn with a profit that beats the house edge.
In roulette, ‘inside numbers’ are the numbers on the main part of the playing grid. These are the numbers 1 to 36 plus a zero in most forms of roulette, and also an extra double zero for American roulette. Players make inside bets by choosing a number (or a combination of numbers) which might be selected by the wheel spin. The bets which can be made on inside numbers include splits and corner splits, the six line bet and the street bet.