The Snake

A cool type of bet in roulette

Here's a cool roulette bet for you; it's called the snake or the red snake.

What is the snake bet?

The Red Snake Bet Screenshot

Chip placement for the "snake bet" in roulette.

As you can see, it's called the snake bet because when you connect the numbers on the table you've bet on, it forms an "S" shape like a snake.

It's also sometimes referred to as the "red snake" as the bet only covers red numbers.

The snake is made up of 12 straight (single number) bets. There are no split bets on any numbers along the snake.

It's also normal for each bet to be of the same unit, so players do not bet more on one number of the snake than another. For example, you would place $1 on each straight bet, rather than $2 on one and $5 on another (and so on).

What are the odds of winning?

Payout (average) 2:1
Payout (single number) 35:1
Probability 32.43% (European), 31.58% (American)
Betting Units 12
Total Numbers 12
Numbers Covered 1, 5, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 23, 27, 30, 32, 34

The snake bet in B&M casinos.

The snake is a perfectly legal bet, so there's no reason why you can't place at your local casino.

Of course, more often than not you'll have to create the bet yourself, as there probably isn't going to be the option to place this bet quickly and easily like you can on a red or evens bet.

There are some casinos out there that openly allow players to place a snake bet by placing a chip on the corner of 34 red (the number at the end of the snake). However, this option is a rarity and the protocol for making/announcing the bet will vary from one establishment to another, if of course it is in effect in the first place.

If you're in any doubt, just ask the croupier.

Where did the snake bet come from?

I don't know, but I imagine you could find plenty of casinos and bettors all over the world claiming to be the originator of the snake bet.

You don't have to be too gifted to notice that there is a zigzag pattern of red numbers starting with the number 1 and ending at the number 34. I'd assume the bet had been placed in many different casinos before it became widely and more commonly known as the snake or red snake.

So it's not like you can assign this bet to one casino or nation like you can with the French call bets.

Chinese popularity.

Although we have no firm reason to believe the Chinese invented the bet or coined the name for it, the bet is more popular amongst Chinese roulette bettors.

There are two reasons for this:

  1. The color red in Chinese culture symbolizes fortune and joy.
  2. The snake is a Chinese zodiac animal. So the "Year of the Snake" will come around every 12 years.

Mix these two together and you've got a very attractive name for a roulette bet in Chinese culture.

Are there any pros or cons to making this bet?

Is the snake bet lucky? Or in other words, does the red snake bet have a higher probability of winning or provide a more attractive house edge?

Unfortunately not.

So from a winning-money perspective, the snake bet is neither better nor worse than any other bet at the roulette table. However, some other pros and cons of this bet might be:

If you like the look of the bet then by all means go for it. Roulette is all about having fun, so bet in whatever pattern or shape you like.

The snake just happens to look pretty cool.

Do online casinos offer the snake bet?

Snake Bet Custom Layout Screenshot

A screenshot of me using the custom betting feature to save the layout of the snake bet.

There are no online roulette casinos that I know of that offer a specific "snake bet" button or option. However, there's nothing stopping you from placing your chips manually to recreate the snake bet format – you can do this at any online roulette table.

Having said that, manually placing 12 chips to build the snake may get a little tedious. So a clever idea would be to play at a casino that offers a custom betting option, where you can create a betting layout and save it for quick and easy future use.

Failing that, the "rebet" feature will save you a lot of time (if you don't mind placing the same bet over again in succession).

Custom bet feature.

Here's a list of great online casinos for roulette that I know offer this custom bet feature:

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