Owing to the popularity of Roulette in casinos around the world, it’s only natural that different versions of the game would spring into existence. Today there exist three major versions of Roulette. These three versions of the game are European Roulette, American Roulette and French Roulette. Each version of the game is the same in terms of the objective, though each has small aspects that make them unique. Players wanting to get into online Roulette should know the differences between each version of the game before they dive in. This is our complete guide to Roulette for first-time players.
How Roulette is played
No matter which version of Roulette players engage in, the basic objective is the same. A tiny ball is placed into a spinning Roulette wheel divided into numbered pockets. Players must then try to predict where they think the ball will come to rest when the wheel is done spinning. Players place chips onto a mat divided into numbered squares in order to claim which number or numbers they think the ball will land on.
A typical game of Roulette usually involves anywhere between 1 to 8 players around a single table. Each table is attended by a dealer who controls the flow of the game. The dealer tells players when to place their bets by simply saying “Place your bets”. After an adequate number of bets have been placed, the dealer spins the Roulette wheel in one direction and spins the ball into the wheel in the counter direction. Once the dealer says “No more bets” players cannot place any more bets and must wait until the next round. Once the wheel comes to a stop, so does the ball, resting on one of the numbered pockets. Correctly placed bets are paid out while all others are taken by the house.
European Roulette is considered to be the most popular version of Roulette played today. European Roulette has a house advantage of 2.63% which means it falls in between American and French Roulette in terms of the house’s odds of winning.
A typical European Roulette wheel is divided into 37 numbered pockets from 0 to 36. Numbers 1 to 36 alternate in colour from red to black. The zero pocket is coloured green.
European Roulette was first created by a pair of brothers in 19th century France, their names were Francois and Louis Blanc. What separated the Blanc brothers’ Roulette wheel from other wheels of the time was the removal of the double zero pocket. The lowered house odds of the Blanc Brother’s game saw a surge in popularity for European Roulette.
The main difference between American Roulette and the other versions of the game is that an American Roulette wheel features the infamous double zero pocket. This extra pocket means that an American Roulette is divided into 38 numbered pockets instead of 37. Besides the green zero and double zero pockets, the rest of the pockets range from 1 to 36 in alternating red and black colours.
American Roulette was invented after European Roulette failed to catch on with American casino owners who didn’t enjoy their lowered house odds. To remedy these lower odds, American casino owners added the double zero back into their Roulette wheels. The double zero version of Roulette was back and became formally known as American Roulette.
French Roulette differs from European and American Roulette in that it uses a different betting mat. French Roulette also has the lowest house advantage of only 1.35%. Like European Roulette, French Roulette runs from 0 to 36, also in alternating red and green colours with the zero in green.
French Roulette began to become more popular in France after the French Revolution. It eventually spread to Monte Carlo where it became a common feature of casinos. French Roulette can still be widely played in Monte Carlo today.
Different ways to bet
Betting in Roulette is separated into inside bets and outside bets. Each of these betting categories offer a number of ways to split up bets, each with their own odds and payout amounts.
Making inside bets
Straight-up bets offer the smallest odds and the highest possible payout of any type of bet. Straight up bets are placed directly onto single numbers and offer a possible payout of 35 to 1.
Split bets offer slightly better odds with lower possible payouts. These are made by placing chips on the line that divides two numbers. The payout is 17 to 1.
Street bets cover three numbers in a row by being placed on the line at the end of that row. They pay out 11 to 1.
Corner bets cover four possible numbers by being placed at the intersecting line between four numbers. Corner bets pay out 8 to 1.
Line bets cover six numbers at the intersecting line that sits at the end of two rows. Line bets pay out 5 to 1.
Making outside bets
Players may place column bets by placing chips on the markated square right at the end of each column. All numbers in that column are covered for a payout of 2 to 1.
Players may also place dozen bets by placing chips on the marked squares on the mat. Dozen bets cover a series of 12 numbers for a 2 to 1 payout.
There is also the opportunity to bet on colours, odds, evens, lows or highs by placing chips on particular marked squares on the mat. These types of bets pay out only 1 to 1. Depending on the version of Roulette and also the casino in question, these bets sometimes allow players to use special rules. These special rules, such as the imprison rule gives players a chance to take either 50% or 100% of their bet back on a losing spin.
Playing the game online
Whatever a player’s preference for online Roulette, all three versions can be played at All Jackpots Casino.