European Roulette

Anyone who has watched a James Bond film is likely to have seen at least one scene in which a game of European Roulette is played. Usually, this scene will occur in the casinos of Monte Carlo, and this is because that is one location where the French wheels remain dominant. The game is available widely in the many online casinos, but it is the American version that is preferred in most land based casino establishments.

This has to do with the different “layouts” for the games, and the speed at which the American version can be played. The other differences between the Roulette variants are actually quite slight, and the primary issue is the wheel. In the American version of the classic casino table game there are always two slots with zeroes. These are the single and the double zeroes that offer some of the highest payouts when they appear. In European Roulette, however, it is the single zero wheel that dominates, which indicates that odds are better than in the American version.

Clearly, this also means that the single zero will have an effect on the “layout” too. The layout is the location of the gaming table where players will place their wagers. It is a very clearly defined grid of squares that provide players a location to put chips in order to make a bet on the outcome of a single spin of the wheel. The layout allows for “inside” and “outside” bets based on the location of the grid in which the bets are placed.

The inside bets tend to be those that are less likely to occur, and will have a much higher return on the wager. The outside bets are those that seem to be the easiest to win simply because they are also quite general in nature (i.e. the “odd or even” options are among the outside bets) and which come with a lower payment.

For European Roulette the inside bets will include the standard “straight” wager, which is just one number. There is also the “split” bet, which is two numbers with the chip placed between them. There are “street” bets, which include all three numbers in a row of the grid. There are the classic “corner” bets that allow the player to place their chip at the horizontal and vertical intersection of lines between four different numbers (such as the center area of 32, 35, 34, and 31). There is also the line bet that includes two “streets”.

The outside bets in a game of European Roulette will include the columns, the dozens (indicated by the P12, M12, and D12 markings on the layout), the Red or Black bets, the Pair and Impair (even and odd) wagers, and the Manque or Passe (low and high) bets too.

European Roulette is still a very popular version of the classic casino game, and many people like it because it decreases the “house advantage” thanks to its lack of that extra zero slot. Many casinos offer both versions to online players, but most of the brick and mortar casinos stick with the American wheels.