What are Neighbors?
In roulette, neighbors are numbers on the wheel which sit next to each other – usually the two numbers either side of the selected number. Betting on neighbors is usually a five-chip singles bet, though combinations of bets might be used. For example, zero’s neighbors on a standard European roulette wheel are 3, 26, 32 and 15. Betting on ‘zero and neighbors’ means placing five singles bets that cover all of those options. Players might group numbers and their neighbors to cover more options with less chips.
In roulette, there are a series of grouped bets which can be made against numbers as they fall on the roulette wheel. These are often known as the ‘voisins’ or ‘neighbors’ bets. Neighboring numbers are usually classed as the two either side of a selection – groups of neighbors usually cover five numbers in total. However, neighbor groups can be overlapped to increase the bet placed on those groups – for example, if a single chip is placed on three groups of neighbors, and one number appears in all three groups, then three chips are riding on that number and any payout will be scaled up accordingly.
Neighbor bets are often accompanied by bets on the ‘orphelins’ (‘orphans’) – the numbers which do not fall in the common voisins selections. Players must supply enough chips to cover each of the individual bets they wish to make, and can scale up those bets in multiples of the minimum amount. Bets on ‘neighbors’ are usually a single chip each. Not all casinos will accept the neighbors bet and similar kinds of wager – this style of play is more common in the European casinos where it originated. However, it is becoming more common as an option in online roulette, including in live play games.
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