Apr 8th 2007
American Roulette is the roulette game with a wheel with 38 pockets. The numbers 1 to 36 alternate on the wheel with pairs of odd numbers and even numbers and the numbers also alternate between red and black colors. The 37 and the 38 pockets on the wheel are for the numbers 0 and 00 and they are green and in opposite sides of the wheel.
The wheel is handled by a croupier and he spins the wheel counter clockwise and the ball clockwise. As the wheel loses velocity the ball is pulled down and it falls out of the back track downwards into one of the pockets. When it comes to rest it marks the winning number, or figure, and the color.
The croupier immediately calls out the winning number and its color while pointing to its corresponding box on the table layout. There are a million small buffers and bumps to ensure that the ball is tossed around a good bit randomly before it finds a home.
American roulette is less popular than French roulette because the existence of the double zero on the wheel gives the game a worst house edge for all the bets of 5,26% (7.9% on the five-number bet), while the house edge for French roulette is only 2.7%.