Rules of European roulette

There are two basic types of the roulette casino game. These are European and American roulette. The main difference between the two types is in the number of the color slots or pockets on the roulette wheel. European roulette wheel has 37 pockets with numbers from 1 to 36 and a single zero, while the American variant of the game has an extra double zero ('00') on the wheel and the table layout.

European roulette wheel

The European roulette wheel is basically not different from that in the American variant except that, as was mentioned above, it has only one zero. All in all, the European wheel has 37 colored pockets representing 36 numbers plus zero. Black and red colored pockets change each other on the wheel, and a single zero is situated in a green pocket. At a first glance it may seem that the numbers on the European roulette wheel are situated at random. In fact, there is an order that arranges the numbers on the wheel in certain combinations:

  • 9 small numbers in black pockets and 9 big numbers in red pockets are placed on the right side from '0' - 2-4-6-8-10-11-13-15-17 and 19-21-23-25-27-30-32-34-36, respectively;
  • 9 big black numbers and 9 small red numbers lie to the left from '0' - 20-22-24-26-28-29-31-33-35 and 1-3-5-7-9-12-14-16-18 respectively.

European roulette table layout

Table layout in European roulette is quite the same as the American roulette layout. Again, the difference is in the number of zeros. For this reason our advice is to play European roulette rather than the American. While the house edge (the advantage of the casino over the players) in American roulette game comprises 5.26%, in European roulette it is only about 2.7%. This makes European roulette more popular all over the world, while American roulette is spread only in the USA, South America and the Caribbean.

The layout is divided into two sections according to the two types of bets - inside and outside.

  • Inside (or inner) section represents all numbers from 1 to 36 plus zero. Players may bet on a single number, which pays 35 to 1 if it comes out, on a combination of numbers from 2 to 6 based on the proximity of the numbers on the layout. The payouts are 17 to 1, 11 to 1, 8 to 1 or 5 to 1 respectively.
  • Outside (outer) section shows certain areas corresponding to the outside bets, like Red or Black, Even or Odd, High (numbers 19 to 35) or Low (numbers 1 to 18), Dozens (first, second or third twelve numbers) and Columns (three vertical lines on the layout each comprising 12). The payouts here make 2 to 1 (with columns and dozens) and 1 to 1 (with bets on even money).

Some casinos with European roulette casino game offer advantageous rules - En Prison and La Partage. In the first case, if zero is the outcome of the spin, the players who have made outside bets may postpone their bets for the next game. In the second case, the player loses only half his bet without an opportunity to 'lock' his or her bet for the next game. These rules make profit of the casino even less - only 1.35%.