Roulette is one of the most easily recognisable and popular casino games, but did you know that there are different variations of the game you can play online? In this article, we’ll examine some of the most popular variants of the game that you can find in most top quality online casinos.
Every version of roulette offers the same type of bets as the other, for example, betting on single numbers, ‘streets’, corners, red or black, odd or even, 1-18 or 19-36 and the odds quoted for each bet are generally similar. The processes of the games are also the same in that winning bets are decided by a ball being spun around a roulette wheel and which number the ball finally settles in, deciding which bets are successful.
So while these games share many similarities, there are some crucial differences between them. Namely:
European Roulette – A European roulette table is easily recognisable as it is the roulette wheel with only one ‘zero’ slot. This means that depending on your bet, the house edge on these games is just 2.7%.
American Roulette – American roulette is played on a wheel with both a single zero and double zero space, meaning that the house edge is effectively doubled. Savvy roulette players tend to try and avoid these games.
French Roulette – French roulette is played on a European Roulette wheel but has slight changes to the betting that gives the player even greater advantage, such as any time the player bets red or black, or similar and the ball lands on a zero, the player only loses half their bet.
Progressive Roulette – Progressive roulette is effectively the same as European Roulette, however in this game a progressive jackpot accrues and when a number is rolled consecutively a certain number of times (say, five times) any player betting on it may trigger the progressive jackpot.
So remember, check what version of roulette you are playing before you start and you can decrease the odds in favour of the house considerably, or give yourself a chance of a progressive jackpot win, if you pick the right game.