Roulette is an enormously popular casino game, and people like its action and excitement, as well as all of the different bets that you can make. You aren’t limited to the simple bets like red or black, or odd or even. You can bet on single numbers, or combinations of all sorts. Giving players lots of options keeps the game exciting.
One of the bets that is more unusual to make, is the double zero bet. In American roulette, the double zero is green, and is right next to the single zero on the table. European and French roulette do not have a double zero – they only use a single zero.
The zeros on the board are what gives the house an advantage on the odds. If you bet on red or black, you get even odds, and when you win you get back as much as you bet. It seems like you have a 50 percent chance of winning your bet, but that is not really true. When a green 0 or 00 is spun on the wheel, both the red and green bets lose, and this is where the house advantage arises.
You can bet on the zero or double zero individually, for a payback of 35 to 1. You can also choose to bet the combination of both zero and double zero, for a payback of 18 to 1. A Special Line Bet is when you bet on the lowest 5 numbers on the table, so you are betting on both of the zeros, as well as 1, 2 and 3. This bet pays 6 to 1.
Some players like to use a zero or double zero bet (or the combination of both), to hedge their bets when they have many bets on the table. It is disheartening to have a number of bets out, and then see them all lose when a 0 or 00 comes up on the wheel. By having a bet on the green zeros, it means that they still win something when that happens.