There are three major versions of Roulette that are played around the world today. These are European Roulette, American Roulette and French Roulette. Each has its own characteristics and rule sets that makes it unique. Whether players want to play land-based casino Roulette, or online Roulette, it’s important to know the rules. In this article we are going to explore European Roulette, what makes it unique and how to play it.
What are the odds?
Of all the versions of Roulette widely played today, European Roulette is generally considered to be the favourite amongst the majority of players. The reason for this is that the house has only a slight advantage of 2.63% over the players. This is lower than American Roulette and higher than French Roulette.
A European Roulette wheel has 37 numbers on it. These numbers range from zero all the way up to 36. Each number from 1 to 36 are coloured red and black in an alternating pattern. The zero however is green.
This version of Roulette was first pioneered by Francois and Louis Blanc during the 19th century. This pair of brothers invented European Roulette by removing the double zero pocket. They took their version of Roulette to Germany where it quickly grew in popularity.
Let the game begin
The object of the game is for players to try and predict which number pocket the Roulette ball will land on. Players do this by placing chips on the numbers they think will come up.
Roulette is generally played by between 1 and 8 players. Players can only place bets once the dealer says “Place your bets.” Once bets have been made the dealer spins the Roulette wheel before spinning the ball in the opposite direction. At some point during the spin the dealer will say “No more bets” after which bets cannot be placed anymore. Once the wheel and ball have come to a stop the bets are tallied up. Those who predicted correctly are paid out while all the incorrect bets are taken by the house.
Place your bets
There are a number of ways to bet in Roulette, all with different odds and payout amounts. They are seperated into inside bets and outside bets.
A straight-up bet is placed on any single number. This type of bet has the smallest odds and so has the highest payout. The payout is 35 to 1.
A split bet is made by placing a chip on the dividing line between two numbers. The odds of this landing are slightly better and as such the payout is lower at 17 to 1.
A street bet is placed on the line at the end of a row and covers all three numbers in that row. The payout is 11 to 1.
A corner bet is placed at the intersection of four numbers and covers all four if they come up. The payout is 8 to 1.
A line bet is placed at the intersection at the end of two rows and covers six numbers in total. The payout is 5 to 1.
A column bet is placed right at the end of an entire column on the “2-1” square. It covers all the numbers in the column and of course pays out 2 to 1.
A dozen bet is placed on either the “1st 12”, “2nd 12”, or “3rd 12” box. It also pays out 2 to 1.
There are also bets for colour, odd/even or low/high. These are made by placing your bet on the square in question. The payout for each of these is 1/1. These bets also allow players to take advantage of the imprison rule. Under this rule, any spin that lands on a zero will give the player either 50% of their bet back or leave their bet where it is with a chance to win back 100% if the next spin is successful. The enforcement of this rule changes from casino to casino.
Taking the game online
No matter which type of online Roulette players might be interested in, all three versions are available online at All Jackpots Casino.