How-To Play French Roulette

A Roulette wheel resting on 17

Alongside European Roulette and American Roulette, French Roulette is another version of the popular game that one might expect to find on a casino floor. Each version of Roulette has aspects that make it unique from the others. Whether playing in a land-based casino, or online Roulette different players tend to gravitate towards one version or another depending on their preferences. Here’s our guide to French Roulette.

Origins of the game

French Roulette is different from European and American Roulette in that it uses a unique mat layout. This style of Roulette also offers the lowest house edge at just 1.35%. This means players are more likely to get a payout. French Roulette features 37 numbered divisions on the wheel from 0 to 36. Each number alternates from red to black with the exception of the zero in green. French Roulette only features a single zero instead of American Roulette’s double zero.

This version of Roulette first began to gain popularity in the years following the French Revolution. The game really took hold in the casinos of Monte Carlo where it can still be seen today.

Take it for a spin

The aim of a game of Roulette is fairly simple. A ball is placed into the spinning Roulette wheel and players place chips on where they think the ball will end up at the end of the spin.

A game of Roulette is played between 1 to 8 players. Each game is attended to by a dealer who will tell players to place their bets at the beginning of each round. Once enough bets have been placed, the dealer will spin the wheel one way the ball in the other direction. When the wheel begins to slow the dealer will signal that no more bets may be placed. Once the ball stops on one of the numbers the winning bets are paid out and the losing bets are taken by the dealer.

A French Roulette table

Bet any way you like

One of the beauties of Roulette is that it offers players a variety of ways to place bets. Each type of bets offers different odds and payouts.

Inside bets

A straight-up bet is made when a chip is placed on any single number. This offers the smallest odds but the highest payout of 35 to 1.

A split bet is made when chips are placed on the line dividing two numbers. This bet offers slightly better odds which means a lower payout of 17 to 1.

A street bet is made by placing chips on the line at the end of a row and covers all three numbers in that row. It pays out 11 to 1.

A corner bet is made by placing chips where four numbers intersect, covering all four for a possible win. This bet pays out 8 to 1.

A line bet is placed at the intersection of two rows. This bet covers six possible numbers and pays out 5 to 1.

Outside bets

A column bet is placed in the square at the end of each column. This bet covers all numbers in the column and pays out 2 to 1.

Dozen bets are placed on the squares marked “12P”, “12M”, or “12D” representing the numbers 1 to 12, 13 to 24 and 25 to 36 respectively. Dozen bets pay out 2 to 1.

Players can also bet on colours (red or black), Pair (even numbers) or Impair (odd numbers), and Manque (low numbers) or Passe (high numbers). Each of these bets has a special square reserved for them on the table and pays out 1 to 1. Any player that makes an outside bet when the ball lands on a zero has the option of using the “en prison” rule. The player will either receive 50% of their bet back or will have their bet imprisoned. Any imprisoned bet that wins on the next spin will be taken back by the player with no extra earnings. However, if the ball again lands on zero the player will lose their bet.

Take your pick

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