Online entertainment has never been more interesting as you can find and play almost every game you could ever imagine or you heard of. The European Roulette is one of the games that some people don’t understand as some did not have a chance to try out this fantastic experience. Of course, we don’t recommend you to jump right into the game before learning a thing or two about the game. But if you really want to try it, we do recommend you to play the free game before starting with the real money roulette. For this occasion, we will try to keep things as simple as possible while explaining the basic features of the game.
The Basic European Roulette Features
You have probably heard of Roulette, as there are American and European roulette and occasionally French version. The essential difference is that European has a single-zero slot, unlike American that has two zero slots. It can be concluded that the house advantage drops below in comparison to the American one, down to 2,7%. The second big difference is that wheel on European roulette contains number 32, right next to the number 32, whilst this place in American roulette is taken for 28. Again, in comparison to the American version, the European version has 37 numbers (1 to 36, + 0).
When it comes to the table layout, the vivid difference is present. The American table contains all outside bets on the same side, while the French one has a slightly different layout. Also, the American version has only one dealer that is operating the table, while the French have two croupiers (dealers) and one table-boss who is in charge of that table. The games are much faster in the American table. There is an interesting fact which proves that there is no such thing as European roulette (since there are no European rules), but rather American and French versions, alongside with their specific set of rules.
Still, have in mind that each casino could implement its own variations and few rule-deviations to make things more interesting, as well as personalized. But in a nutshell, the general rules for this game stay the same, and they do not change on a large scale.
How To Play European Roulette?
It is important to understand that once zero comes out(in American roulette), all outside bets (black, red, odd, even, high and low) are lost, while in the French version, one of the two following rules are applied: En Prison or La Partage. The first one (in prison) means that your money stays there until the next round, and in case zero comes again in the next round, you lose your money. La partage means you lose half of your bet, while you can collect the second half of that bet. Technically, all the rules give a player the same amount of money. Ideally, the players get the most benefits from a game where the French version of roulette is played on a European table. However, it is a bit harder to find this kind of table, especially if you are not playing in the real brick-and-mortar casinos.
Playing online roulette in casino is relatively easy as the GUI solves all your requests with just one click. However, once the game is loaded, you can place chips on the bet you want, and you click “SPIN”. Once the betting is done, you can choose whether you will place again (“Rebet) or quit the game (“Clear Bets”). Roulette in brick-and-mortar casinos is a bit complex as you have 4 staff members at one table, where two of them are croupiers/dealers (those who collect and place bets accordingly, and spin the wheel) while the other two members are table-boss and game supervisor who control the game and make sure everything works fine. Also, they make sure there are 1 to 8 players at the one table.
Once the game starts, the croupier calls players to make bets, and once they do, he places the ball for spin and closes the betting process, meaning no more money will be accepted until the round is finished. Once the ball hits one out of 37 slots, he announces the number, pays out the winning bets while taking the lost bets to the house. The players must be familiar with the payout/odd chart so they could know how much money a certain odd/bet is giving. The inside bets are single numbers while the outside takes larger numbers. Depending on the country you play roulette (e.g. Netherlands, Germany…) the outcome of number jumped in zero slots could be “double prison” or “imprisonment of even-money outside bets”.
European Roulette Payouts
This game is characterized by the fact it offers two types of money betting: outside and inside bets. While the outside ones are likely to win, their payouts are smaller and vice versa for inside ones.
The Inside Bets payout include:
- Straight – betting on a specific single number (2.70%)
- Split – betting on two numbers and numbers must be neighbors on the table (5.26%)
- Street – betting on three numbers in a row, like 4,5,6 (5.41%)
- Corner betting on four numbers, which form a square on the table like 1,2,4,5 (10.81%)
- Double street betting on two rows of numbers (16.22%)
- Basket betting on five numbers, including zero or double zero (13.6%) – only in American roulette
The Outside ones are much safer than the inside ones, and they are known under the name “even money bet or s” as they cover almost 50% of the possible outcomes. All the even bets are red/black, even/odd, 1-18 or 19-36. Another two popular outside bets include Column and Dozen that cover 12 numbers. Technically, you will cover one-third of the possible outcomes.