Roulette Variations: American, European, and French Roulette

Roulette in a casino

American Roulette

American Roulette features a wheel with 38 pockets, including both a single zero (0) and a double zero (00). This unique aspect results in a higher house edge compared to other variations.

European Roulette

With its 37-pocket wheel that includes a single zero, European Roulette offers players slightly better odds than the American version. It’s the preferred choice for both beginners and experienced players as it offers the best odds.

French Roulette

French Roulette closely resembles the European version but includes additional rules like ‘La Partage’ and ‘En Prison.’

La Partage: This rule comes into play when you make even-money bets (like red/black, odd/even) and the ball lands on zero. If this happens, you only lose half of your bet.

En Prison: Similar in spirit to La Partage, this rule allows your even-money bet to be “imprisoned” for the next spin if the ball lands on zero. If your bet wins on the next spin, you get your full stake back.

These rules significantly reduce the house edge, making French Roulette an appealing version for those looking to maximize their chances of winning.

Choosing the Right Variation

Most casinos only offer one version of roulette, so you won’t get a choice unless you change casino. And that is our advice, if your casino only offers American roulette then vote with your feet and go somewhere else, look for a table with one zero and know that you’re not being taken advantage of.