Understanding the Most Popular Roulette Variants Online

In the world of online casino games, online Roulette is certainly one of the most popular of them all. The high-stakes nature of the game means that players can pull in huge wins with a small initial outlay.

At River Belle we offer a selection of American Roulette, French Roulette and European Roulette games and each game differs subtly.

Roulette Basics

Roulette is a table game that uses a large wheel divided into numbered, coloured segments. When a ball is dropped onto the wheel, it falls into one of the segments determining the outcome of the game. When it comes to American and European Roulette, the main difference is the wheel itself.

European Roulette has a Roulette wheel that is divided into 37 slots. The wheel is numbered from 1 to 36 and it has a green space reserved for the zero. If the ball falls into the zero, the player loses their bet unless they specifically bet on the zero. This increases the house edge.

American vs. European Roulette

In American Roulette, the Roulette wheel has one extra slot. The wheel is numbered from 1 to 36 and has two slots reserved for the zero and a double zero. This addition of a second zero slot significantly increases the house edge and makes the game a little riskier for the player. European Roulette has a house edge of 2.70%, whilst the American version sits at 5.26%.

Every other aspect of the game is the same. Both American and European Roulette offer red and black bets, odds and even bets, number bets and everything in between. Subsequently most new players gravitate towards European Roulette simply because of the reduced house edge.

French Roulette

On the other hand, French Roulette is an animal of a different colour. French Roulette features the same type of Roulette wheel as European Roulette but also includes a number of specialised bets. When playing French Roulette, the first thing you will notice is that the table looks a little different. This is because the table is all marked out in French.

To add to this, French Roulette includes a few extra betting options that are not available in either American or European Roulette. In this game, players can place inside bets, outside bets, Manque/Passe bets, Voisins du Zero, Tiers du Cylindre as well as Orphelins. French Roulette also makes use of the en prison and la partage rules that can reduce its 2.70% house edge dramatically

Now you know all about the 3 versions, you can play the type of Roulette that you prefer!