Things to Know Before Playing Roulette Online

Are you thinking of playing roulette online for the first time? Here are the basic things you should know before embarking on that journey. There are different variations of the game, and below we'll discuss only the three most popular ones briefly.

European Roulette

Offered to almost all online casinos, this is by far the most popular variation of the game. Sometimes confused for the French Roulette because both use only one "0" on the wheel which is on the green space. The wheel houses 36 numbers in red and black.

Red numbers:

  • 1-10 (odd numbers)
  • 11-19 (even numbers)
  • 20-28 (odd numbers)
  • 29-36 (even numbers)

Black numbers:

  • 1-10 (even numbers)
  • 11-19 (odd numbers)
  • 20-28 (even numbers)
  • 29-36 (odd numbers)

It's also favored amongst players due to its relatively low house edge, which is about 2.6-2.7% on a single number.

French Roulette

The game roulette was originated from France and accordingly named the variation French Roulette. Originally, the wheel only housed 36 numbers (1-36), but then was revised and added "0" rounding out a total of 37 numbers (0-36). The house edge on a single number is about 2.7%, but drastically decreases when the En Prison and/or La Partage rule is applied. En Prison allows a player to get half his money back on even-numbered bets on red or black if the ball lands on zero. While the La Partage allows a player to get half his money back on even-numbered bets if the ball lands on zero. And because of these rules, French Roulette is not often offered. So if you're lucky enough to find this type of roulette online, you better try it out.

American Roulette

The main difference of this type of variation is the use of "00" on the wheel. The total numbers used now jumps from 37 to 38 numbers (00, 0, 1-36). And although having a house edge of 5.26% on a single number, many casino goers still opt to play this variation.

Knowing now the difference variations out there, I reckon you're now ready to test your luck and play roulette online. Enjoy!

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