Anyone who is a fan of online casino or brick and mortar gambling establishments has heard of Roulette. It is one of the most popular casino games to date, and is loved for it’s simplicity by fans of games of chance. The game roulette originally came from France, and the word itself refers to the French word for “small wheel”.
However when the game Roulette came to the United States, a new style of Roulette was born. The main difference between American Roulette and the original European Roulette is the extra slotted space in the roulette wheel on the American version. In the European version of the game there are 37 slotted spaces numbered from 1 to 36, and colored alternately red and black, with the number 1 starting as red. Also in the European version of the game is a green pocketed slot numbered 0.
In the American version of the Roulette wheel there is an extra numbered slot, a green slot numbered 00. While this seems like a relatively small deal, the extra space allows for a huge variation in betting types and gaming opportunities.
In American Roulette the double zero slot actually increases the house advantage to 5.3%, as opposed to European Roulette where the house advantage is only 2.7%. American Roulette also uses the “non-value” style chips, which means that a person must decide on a monetary value for all of their chips when the purchase the chips for play. The American Roulette table is also much smaller, allowing the croupier to collect and distribute chips by hand.
There is also a little used third style of the Roulette wheel, which is actually the only style of roulette table legal for use in the United Kingdom. This wheel has the American style layout (which includes English on the table), and then uses the European single zero. When single zero wheels are found in American casinos, they are always wheels of this type.
Although both styles of Roulette are great for casino gambling, it’s important to know the difference between the two styles in order to increase your chances of winning.