Get to Know the Different Roulette Variants
If you’re a newcomer to roulette and you’re out to get lucky, first you’ve got to pick your game! Read our overviews of American, European and French roulette and decide which variation is right for you.
Each game comes with different odds and slightly different rules that appeal to different players: are you the type to coyly wager a few tentative pounds on European or will you go for broke betting the American 00? Read on and decide…
In a game of American Roulette, you’ll find the wheel labelled with numbers ranging from 1 to 36, in addition to a green 0 and 00.
The 38 numbers available to bet against and the two zeros means the house has a 5.26% advantage against the player. When a player bets £100, the casino will typically make £5.26 in profit. The odds are somewhat against you here, but the payouts can be substantially higher than in other games.
With numbers extending from 1 to 36, the European Roulette Wheel also has a green 0 and offers more favourable odds than its American cousin.
Players are able to bet against 37 different numbers and because of the one zero, face a 2.70% advantage to the house. When a player bets £100, the casino will typically make £2.70 in profit, so inexperienced roulette hopefuls are better off playing at European tables.
When playing French Roulette, you’ll find that the wheel consists of pockets numbered from 1 to 36. Just like European Roulette tables, French Roulette includes just one green 0 pocket.
The odds are identical to European Roulette. One difference is the en parte rule, which allows for players to recover half their wagers if the ball lands on the 0 and nobody collects. Alternatively, they can choose to leave their wager on the table for a second spin.
Pick Your Game and Play!
The main difference between French, European and American Roulette variants are the types of bets available.
Check out our Roulette Bets page for more about the different types of bets offered by these variants. This information should help you make a final decision about which game you want to specialise in.
Think you’re ready to go already? Then get out there and start spinning!