American and European Roulette Explained

Roulette originated in France during the 17th century and from there it made its way to Las Vegas.  European roulette is the original version and American roulette was invented later in America.  European roulette is also known as French roulette.

Roulette has a wheel and a metal ball, the ball is dropped into the wheel as it spins and players must place bets on where they think it will land.  There are numbers on the wheel that range from 1 to 36 and they are either black or red.  There is a single zero, which is green.  The green number is known as the house number. The green zero adds an extra slot to the wheel, making 37 options for the ball to fall into in total.  If the ball lands on the green slot, which does happen occasionally all those who bet either red or black will lose to the house.  American roulette follows the same rules, but the wheel has 1 extra green slot.  Casinos will profit more from American roulette, as the house edge is higher, whilst in the European game it is far more favourable.

Roulette Betting Options

Australian players enjoy this game of chance and there are many betting options available.  Players choose a numbered, coloured slot on the wheel where they think the ball will end up and place a bet.  The dealer spins the wheel and if the number or colour prediction is correct, they will win. French roulette has a betting option known as En Prison, which allows players who land on a zero to play again.  Players can either bet again or take back half of the money they bet.

There are categories where players can place their bets.  There are 36 numbers and players can bet on one number.  There is also the option of betting on a colour, either red or black.  If the ball lands on the colour chosen the player will win.  Players can also place bets on a group of numbers for example numbers from 1 to 12, from 13 to 24 or 25 to 36.  There is also the option of betting in groups of 18.  Players will win if the ball lands within the group of numbers.  Players can bet on even or odd numbers or corners, rows or 2 rows. There are also inner and outer ring bets.

Australian players will find that roulette has a range of betting options that will increase their odds of winning.

Play Roulette for Free

With all the betting options available playing roulette online for free or practice mode will help players familiarise themselves with all the different options.  Playing for free means that there is no risk to real money and players can try out different betting options and find which one works best for them.  Although there are no real strategies involved in roulette it is helpful to have the option of trying out different ways of playing roulette and also to make sure that the online casino is secure and trustworthy.

Budget Tips While Playing Roulette

Players should set a budget when playing Canadian roulette for real money.  This will ensure that only money that is specifically set aside for online gaming is used.  It is also a good idea to set limits with how long to play and also to stop playing once a certain amount has been lost or to bank winnings once a certain amount has been won.

Roulette is one of those classic casino games that can be enjoyed by all players, both amateurs and pros.