How to Play European Roulette
Even after centuries of spinning with its silver ball, the roulette is still beloved by all punters around the world. With its easy mechanics and exhilarating gameplay, it’s easy to see why roulette continues to thrill people.
As casino legend goes, it was the French mathematician Blaise Pascal who invented the roulette when he envisioned a machine that is perpetually in motion. For some, it was Francois Blanc who owned the prestigious Monte Carlo Casino in Monaco. No matter who invented it, roulette is now enjoyed by everyone around the world.
European vs American Roulette
Since the roulette originated in France, it’s believed that European Roulette is more authentic with its 36 numbers and single zero. The Americans added a double zero to their version which is the main difference between the two. In effect, the house has a larger advantage in American Roulette with the odds of winning set to 1:38 whereas the winning odds in Europen Roulette is 1:37.
There’s also the En prison rule in European Roulette where if the ball lands on 0 and you placed your chips on a 50-50 bet, half of your bet is returned.
Basic Rules of Roulette
A board with numbers 0 to 36 and a wheel that matches the numbers on the board comprise the roulette table. Before the wheel is spun, place your bet on a number or group of numbers. If the ball lands on a number that fits in any of your bets, you win depending on the type of bet you placed.
Types of Bets and Payouts
There are two types of bets in roulette: inside and outside.
Inside bets are numbers 1 to 36 or shared bets between sequential numbers. Outside bets are colours or clusters of numbers such as 1st, 2nd, or 3rd dozen.
These two types have different payouts: inside bets pay larger but have lower odds while the opposite stands for outside bets.
Check below to see each bet’s wager to payout ratio:
- Straight-up bet - placed on one number only; pays 1:35
- Split bet - placed between two numbers; pays 1:17
- Street bet - placed on three numbers; pays 1:11
- Corner bet - placed between four numbers; pays 1:8
- First-five bet - placed on the first five numbers; pays 1:6
- Six-number bet - placed between 2 rows; pays 1:5
- Dozen and Column bet - placed on any dozen or columns; pays 1:2
- Red/black and even/odd bet - placed on red or black and even or odd; pays 1:1.
Little Wheel of Fun and Fortune
In roulette, you can place as many bets as you want and you can win just as much or more. It’s this appealing trait that continues to hook people throughout centuries.