American vs European Roulette

I’m not an avid roulette player, I must confess. Video slots and jackpot games are more my cup of tea. However, from time to time, there is a craving for a few rounds of roulette to which I always seem to succumb. Roulette provides an old atmosphere, a special feeling that is not present when I spin the slot machine wheels. With time, I have learned to understand the differences between the different types of roulette. Here is a quick explanation so that you know what to expect and what to play.

European Roulette

This is clearly the most common roulette – the beloved one. If you jump into a random roulette table, chances are high that it’s the European variant that is being played. European roulette grew right out of the French version, which is the classic one. Since the French had their own expressions written on the roulette tables, a European version quickly emerged. This is the standard roulette, with red/black bets, numbers from 1 to 36 and a green 0 which represents “the house”. European Roulette is quite easy to learn, since we have seen it being played in various films. You place your money on a specific number, and hope that the small ball lands on it after a spin of the wheel. You are free to place stakes on different outcomes, or combinations of numbers. With a bit of luck, you can make more money than you lose. I have come out even – even after a couple of hours playing roulette online. With a bit of patience, I could probably have made some money, but there is always the possibility of losing as well.

American Roulette

From time to time, you might find yourself in front of an American roulette wheel. These are almost identical to their European counterparts. However, you will find two zeroes on the American variant. You might not even notice it at first, but if you see the 0 and 00 together, it is best to quit your game then and there. American Roulette is more advantageous to the house because of these zeroes, meaning you will lose more money in the long run. Hence, the question – why play on a table that gives you a lesser advantage? European Roulette is easier to find, and the French type has the same RTP (theoretical return per player).