Let’s talk about the elephant in the room: American roulette. With American roulette you play with a zero and double zero on the wheel/table. On a European roulette wheel, there is only zero, and no double zero. This means that the house edge for European roulette is significantly better for you the player at 2.70% compared to 5.26% in American roulette. Simply put, you’ll get ripped off playing the American version of the game. Don’t do it. Ever. Always go with European roulette.
Now, let’s run through the details of roulette game variations:
As discussed above, we know there are two distinct and commonly played types of roulette in online, mobile and bricks and mortar casinos around the world. The first, European roulette is, as the name suggests, most commonly found this side of the pond. It only differs in one small but key characteristic from its sibling.European roulette wheels have only one pocket for zero whilst American wheels and game tables utilise a zero and a double zero. That rather tricky addition favours the casino significantly and as we’ve already discussed should act as a red flag to you, the astute player.
Infographic 1 below shows some of the key differences between the 2 games types and player vs. house odds.
In addition to the different roulette types and wheel configurations between American and European roulette (which, incidentally, have the same game grid layout with the exception of the extra zero) there is also a table variation known as French roulette.
French roulette is like European roulette in many ways: most importantly the the number of pockets in the roulette wheel are identical. There are two differences. Firstly, and unsurprisingly considering the name, the words on the table are all in French. Secondly, the French version of the game uses the ‘La Partage’ rule, by which you only lose half your even-odds stake if the spin is a zero.
In actual terms, the games are very similar and if you can overcome the language barrier and are proficient at European roulette you should be quite comfortable playing this variant of the game. You can see the differences between an American/ European roulette table and French table in the graphic below:
In real casinos, the roulette wheel is three feet across; online its size depends on the platform you’re playing on, your device, screen size and resolution.
There are 38 pockets on an American roulette wheel and 37 on a European roulette wheel. The difference is due to an American roulette having a zero ‘0’ and double zero ‘00’ while European roulette has just one zero. Half the pockets are red, the other half black, while the zero and double zero are green. The colours alternate between black and red around the wheel, only interrupted by the green zero and double zero.
On first glance the numbers appear random. However, numbers directly opposite each other are always consecutive, meaning odd red numbers are usually opposite consecutive black numbers.
On the European roulette wheel, the number sequence is 26, 3, 35, 12, 28, 7, 29, 18, 22, 9, 31, 14, 20, 1, 33, 16, 24, 5, 10, 23, 8, 30, 11, 36, 13, 27, 6, 34, 17, 25, 2, 21, 4, 19, 15, and 32.
On the American roulette wheel, the number sequence is 0, 2, 14, 35, 23, 4, 16, 33, 21, 6, 18, 31, 19, 8, 12, 29, 25, 10, 27, 00, 1, 13, 36, 24, 3, 15, 34, 22, 5, 17, 32, 20, 7, 11, 30, 26, 9, 28.