The American roulette wheel has 38 pockets with numbers from 1 to 36, 0 and 00. It is one of the most popular table games in American casinos as well as in Asia but it is less popular with European players who tend to prefer European or French roulette. There are no “en prison” or “la partage” rules to take into consideration and the house edge is 5.26%.
Types of bets
The betting layout of the roulette table has two sections – individual numbers and group bets. The inside bets are made on a single number, adjacent numbers or small groups of numbers, while the outside bets encompass larger groups of numbers.
Straight up bet: On a single number (35:1)
Split bet: Two adjacent numbers (17:1)
Street bet: Three numbers on a line (11:1)
Corner bet: Four numbers with a joint corner (8:1)
Basket bet: 5 number bet on the first 5 numbers (5:1)
Line bet: Six numbers on two adjacent lines (5:1)
Column: Any of the 3 columns (2:1)
Dozen: Any of the 3 dozens (2:1)
Red/Black: Red or Black number (1:1)
Even/Odd: Even or Odd number (1:1)
Low/High: Low 18 or High 18 numbers 1:1
History of American Roulette
The US casino operators did not take too kindly to European roulette as they thought it was a game that was too advantageous for the player. They altered the game in several ways but after a few years of trying out different game variations they settled on adding an extra zero. The order of the numbered-slots on the roulette wheel is different than the order of European roulette, but other than that the games are the same.
Generally speaking, then we’d advise you to avoid American roulette unless you’re making just a few bets; even then, it’s only worth playing if – for some reason – you can’t find a better table. Most people who play American roulette simply aren’t aware of the disadvantage that it comes with, and are not serious enough about the game to have researched it. That’s the only reason for its existence online, and now that you know, you can avoid it.