European Roulette is a popular casino game with the single-zero roulette wheel. It features all types of inside and outside bets and the house advantage is merely 2.70%. Numbers from 1 to 36 are alternately colored in red and black, while the single zero is marked in green. There are many roulette bets to choose from. The inside bets are bets on a single number or on a small group of numbers. The outside bets are bets on larger groups of twelve or eighteen numbers, such as all the red numbers or all the black numbers.
In contrast to the American Roulette wheel, which has both a single-zero and a double-zero pocket, the European Roulette wheel has only the single-zero pocket. That significantly improves the chance of winning. If you bet on a single number your winning odds are 1 out of 37 (2.70%). Even bets, such as a bet on Red or Black, offer the odds of 18 out of 37 (48.6%).
The winning odds of the American roulette are slightly lower – 2.63% and 47.4%. Therefore when it comes to online roulette we highly recommend either the European or the French one.
Differences to the French roulette
The ‘En Prison’ and ‘La Partage’ rules that lowers the house edge were removed from the European roulette and the table layout was changed. Also betting on ‘Finals’ (making a combined bet on all numbers ending with the same number like 5, 15, 25 and 35) is not available. Another difference between European and French roulette is the table layout. The French table has a separate section for Announced bets (sometimes referred to as Call bets) and Neighboring bets.
Types of bets
There are two main types of wagers available. Inside bets are those that cover just one or a few numbers, and appear on the inside part of the layout seen on a typical table at a casino. Meanwhile, the outside bets cover large portions of the wheel, pay out at lower odds, and are made on the outside portion of the layout. A complete list of the common bets available includes the following (payout odds in parenthesis):
Straight: Covers one number
Split: Covers two adjacent numbers
Street: Covers a row of three numbers
Corner: Covers a square of four numbers
Six Line: Covers two rows and six numbers in total
Column: Covers a column of 12 numbers
Dozen: Covers 12 consecutive numbers
Odd/Even: Covers the 18 appropriate numbers
Red/Black: Covers all pockets that match the appropriate color
1-18/19-36: Covers all numbers in the given range