Apr 16th 2007
What do you think about when someone mentions the game of roulette? You will probably think of the roulette wheel itself, the chips and all the people excited to find out where the ball will stop. Have you given any thought to the fact that there are roulette variations and that not all roulette wheels are the same? You should know that there are two types of roulette games out here. (And if you also count Progressive Roulette you will have a total of three different games).
The main types of roulette are European roulette and American roulette. The differences may seem insignificant (the 00 on American roulette wheels), but your odds and the house advantage that you will be facing are considerably different from one game to another.
This is the standard game played in most North American casinos and in online casinos. The American wheel has all the numbers from 1 to 36 and a 0 and a 00. The house edge when playing an American roulette wheel is as high as 5.26%. The reason behind such a high percentage is the extra slot, the 00.
The 5.26% advantage is extremely high, especially if you take into consideration the fact that other casino games like blackjack have a house advantage lower than 1%. Nonetheless, American roulette continues to be played in most American casinos and enjoys a wide popularity.
The European roulette wheel has all the numbers from 1 to 36 and one 0. It is just as the American version, just that there is no 00 slot. This makes for a lower house advantage than by playing American roulette. European roulette offers a house advantage of 2.63%. That is half of the house advantage of 5.26% that you will be facing when playing American roulette. It is amazing how just one slot can lower the house advantage so much.
Because of this low house advantage most players prefer to play European roulette. The trick is finding a land based casino that offers European roulette, especially if you are in North America. More and more online casinos now offer European roulette, and not just the American version.
Other Roulette Games
Some online casinos offer other variations of roulette. It may be worthwhile to find out what your options are and what types of roulette online casinos offer.
This type of roulette is rather hard to come by. Not many online casinos offer French roulette, but some do. It is played just as any European roulette game is played. The main difference is that all the bets are in French. Also, if you do not want to place the bet yourself, you can tell the dealer what bet you want to place and he will place it for you. This is known as "called bets".
This type of roulette is played just as a regular game of American roulette. The only difference is the Progressive jackpot that you can win if you hit a certain number or bet. The amount of money in a Progressive jackpot can be as small as a few thousand dollars and as high as a few hundred thousand dollars. Currently not many online casinos offer Roulette Royale. But the game is becoming more and more popular, so we can expect an increased number of casinos to offer it in the near future.