Every now and then, you will be able to play more unusual sets of bets for roulette and Neighbors of Zero is certainly one of the more uncommon ways to bet.
Casual players of roulette may not even be aware that such a bet exists, but the Voisins du Zero or Neighbors of Zero is standardly featured among roulette call bets which are part of the French betting layout (sometimes also available at European tables, as well).
Playing Neighbors is a fun way to group specific numbers on the betting layout and use the pattern as a betting option. Let’s see what the best way to play Neighbors of Zero is.
Pick Your Roulette Game Carefully
The only way to gain a chance to try your luck with the Neighbors bet, or any other call bet, is to seek out French roulette tables or European roulette games with a racetrack layout and the possibility to place French bets.
If your intention is to play American roulette with a double-zero, you ought to know that Neighbors of Zero isn’t available in American roulette versions.
Know Your Way Around a Racetrack Betting Layout
As opposed to all the roulette regular bets which are made inside or outside the number zone, you are expected to make call bets on the racetrack layout. This is a secondary betting board which is normally showcased on the screen aside from the basic betting layout. You just need to switch to it when you are about to make one of the French bets.
The racetrack is called this way because its shape reminds of a racetrack. It shows all the numbers as they are presented on the wheel and is devised into sections that cover various bets based on the positions of certain numbers, not their specific value or color. Voisins du Zero or Neighbors of Zero area is located around the zero, as the name itself indicates.
Neighbors of Zero Bet Explained
The Voisins du Zero is the largest of the racetrack bets and covers 17 numbers – the central number being. To be precise, the bet will cover numbers 22, 18, 29, 7, 28, 12, 35, 3, 26, 0, 32, 15, 19, 4, 21, 2 and 25. To make things easier for the players when they are placing bets, as there is no time to place chips on each of the numbers individually, the sequence is broken down to bets that encompass fewer numbers.
You need 9 chips of equal denomination to place a bet on Voisins du Zero – two chips on the 0, 2, 3 trio; one each on the 4/7 split, the 12/15 split, the 18/ 21 split, the 19/ 22 split and the 32/ 35 split and two chips on the 25, 26, 28, 29 corner.
Placing a Neighbors of Zero Bet
Complicated as it may seem, the Neighbors of Zero bet is as easy to place as any other roulette wager. If you are playing at a land-based venue, simply announce the bet to the croupier and he or she will place the chips for you.
If you are playing online, pick your preferred French or European-style roulette game, load it and wait for the betting time to open. When it is time to place bets, go to the racetrack layout and simply click on the Voisins du Zero area after having previously set the size of the chips you will be using.
Depending on which numbers wins in the round, the payout for the Neighbors of Zero bet can reach 24 to 1 odds.