Roulette: American vs. European


In most casinos, both online or real life ones, you will be able to find two types of roulette games.

Although there are many variants, the two main games are the American Roulette and European Roulette.

What is the different between them? I will try to explain them to you here.


The first has to do with how many numbers there are in the roulette wheel.

European Roulette – which can also be called French Roulette, where it is believed to have been invented – has 37, consisting of 1 to 36 and a green colored zero.

American Roulette has 38; the numbers 1 to 36, a zero and a double zero, both also green.

Number order

Both games have the numbers placed in the turning wheel in a different order.

American Roulette has consecutive numbers placed in even-odd pairs located in opposite sides to each other.

For example, the number one has the number two on the opposite side of the wheel; the three has the four, and so on.

Both zero and double zero lay also opposite to each other. Each pair has one number of each color, one red and one black.

As for the French Roulette, its numbers are placed randomly, with no preconceived order.


Of course, all roulettes must have a table or board where players can place their wagers on their chosen numbers.

There are also some differences here between both roulette types.

Both have a chequered board with the 36 numbers and one or two zeros, depending on the kind of game.

But in European Roulette there are “houses” drawn on each side of this board, with other possible bets allowed.

This means we can bet on either side of the table on the colour of the number (red or black) or whether it will be odd or an even, or whether it will be one of the first or second half of the board (1 to 18 or 19 to 36).

The betting table in the American Roulette has all of these houses or “outside bets” (this is how you call all bets that you don´t put directly on any specific number) on one side only.

This makes it easier to find, but players standing in the wrong side must reach over to place their wagers.

No problem here in the case of online roulette, where you place your best with just one click and there are no arms moving all around.


Finally, you should be aware that American Roulette, by having one more pocket for the ball to fall into (the double zero), reduces a little bit your chances of winning, from one in 36 to one in 37.

A slight difference you may think, but bear in mind that in any case, roulette remains always a game of chance and pure luck.

Perhaps one of the most exciting in the entire world, may I add.

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