In my article about 37 roulette facts, I mentioned that entrepreneur Mike Ashley once won over £1 million on a single roulette spin.
He placed a fairly complex call bet, which included the complete of 17 to the maximum.
The total amount of the wager was £480,000, and the total payout was almost three times that.
Now, you don’t need to throw a half a million pound plaque to the dealer to bet on a complete.
But for any complete bet, even those on number 34 or 36 (you’ll see why I mentioned them later), you’ll need quite a few chips — one on each split, corner, and so on.
And here’s the official definition…
What are complete bets in roulette?
In roulette, complete bets are wagers that cover all possible bets of a roulette number. For example, the complete bet of 20 covers the number straight up, all its splits, all its corners, both six-line bets and its street bet. Complete bet payouts range from 93 to 165 depending on the number.
The term “complete bet” does not refer to the table maximums.
If a player wants to place a wager on all possible bets of a number and play those to the maximums, then they would have to specify that their bet is a full complete, or a complete to the maximum.
A complete per se is one where a single color or cash chip is placed on each bet.
The terms “complete” and “to the maximum” may be used as synonyms but again, they are not the same thing.
Let’s have a look at all complete bets in roulette as well as their payout.
Roulette complete bet payouts
- Chips on: one straight up, four splits, four corners, one street, two six-lines
- Payout: 156
Complete of zero
- Chips on: one straight up, three splits, one corner, two streets
- Payout: 116
Complete of 1 (or 3)
- Chips on: one straight up, three splits, two corners, two streets, one six-line
- Payout: 129
Complete of 2
- Chips on: one straight up, four splits, three corners, three streets, one six-line
- Payout: 165
1st/3rd column numbers
- Chips on: one straight up, three splits, two corners, one street, two six-lines
- Payout: 123
Complete of 34 (or 36)
- Chips on: one straight up, two splits, one corner, one street, one six-line
- Payout: 93
Complete of 35
- Chips on: one straight up, three splits, two corners, one street, one six-line
- Payout: 118
Complete bets to the maximum
This is where it can get really tricky for the dealer, unless they have memorized all the complete picture bets as well as their maximum payouts.
For some customers, complete bets are not enough.
They want to play the complete of a number so that the straight up and each split, corner, street, and six-line is played to the maximum.
Which means the highest possible amount.
For example, assuming the maximum bet on a number straight up was $100, and the maximum on each split $200, and so on — a full complete bet would be:
- $100 on the number
- $200 on each split
- $400 on each corner
- $300 on each street
- $600 on each six-line
Not exactly the safest or most conservative way to play. But if your number comes in, that’s a nice payday.