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The 3 Types of Roulette

Roulette is one of the most popular games you’ll find at both a land-based casino and online. Often you’ll see the tables crowded by players staking their bet regardless of the game being fast-paced.

There are 38 pockets in the American version and 37 in the European and French versions as we’ll come onto later. Players can choose to bet on a single number, various single numbers, groupings of numbers, colours or whether the number is odd or even.

Determining the winning number of each spin is done by a croupier spinning the wheel in one direction and then spinning a ball in the opposite direction. The ball spins around a tilted circular track that runs around the outside edge of the wheel. Once it loses its momentum it passes through deflectors before falling onto the wheel and eventually sitting in one of the pockets as the wheel comes to a halt.

After that the dealer will remove losing bets from the table before paying out the winners. Then the game is ready to be played again. During the spin of the wheel the dealer will call out “No more bets”. Bets can only be placed once the winnings of the previous game have been dealt and the table cleared.

All three forms of roulette can be played at most online casinos, such as:

The main differences between playing at an online casino and a land-based one is that you don’t need to wait for space to free up on the table online and that you can even play free versions of the game with the help of the internet.

The three forms of roulette are as follows:

American Roulette

This version of roulette is most commonly found in American casinos of course, but can still be played over in Europe, particularly at online casinos.

The major difference between American roulette and its European counterpart is that there is both a zero and double zero pocket, thus decreasing your chances of winning.

House as an advantage of 5.6% in this game, higher than both other forms. The payouts are as follows:
  • Any number: 35:1
  • 2-number combination: 17:1
  • 3-number combination: 11:1
  • 4-number combination: 8:1
  • 5-number combination: 6:1 [0, 00, 1, 2, 3]
  • 6-number combination: 5:1
  • Column: 2:1
  • Dozen: 2:1
  • Odd/Even: 1:1
  • Red/Black: 1:1
  • Low/High: 1:1
European Roulette

European roulette is widely-considered the most popular version of the casino game. This is likely because the only difference from the American version is that there is only one zero and no double, this giving the house an advantage of only 2.7% in comparison.

The payouts remain identical to the above list in the American roulette section.

French Roulette

The final type of roulette is where the game is believed to have originated. It dates all the way back to the 17th century and French mathematician Blaise Pascal.

The word “roulette” translates directly to “Little wheel” in French. The wheel is identical to European roulette in that it only has a zero slot and not a double zero. However, the house as the lowest advantage of all three forms, down at 1.35%. This is because French roulette offers the European surrender rule – the player only loses half of their bet if the ball lands in the zero pocket.
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