Differences between French and American Roulette2nd Jun 2017 |
What is Roulette?
Many people consider Roulette to be one of the first casino games ever created; there’s evidence of the game in an early incarnation being played by people in the Roman Empire. While the game in those days was not nearly as refined, the same general concept of luck-driven odds drove the game to huge popularity.
American Roulette is the version of the game that you will find at all the famous Las Vegas casinos. This style is almost identical to European Roulette in every way with the exception of the 0. Well, the extra 0 that is. The wheel in American Roulette has the same numbers ranging from 1-36, but instead of having just one 0 (which gives the house a bit of edge) there is also a double 00.
The game is played with one wheel, and bets can be placed on a single number, a range of numbers, a colour, a colour and a number, and so on. It is possible to bring the odds on a spin to 1-38, and it is also possible to bet on all 38 numbers. The higher the odds, the lower the payout, however, so, many players find it much more exciting to give themselves more challenging odds.
French Roulette is played in the same way as the American version but with are a couple of big differences. Like European Roulette, the French version has only one 0. This means that the House edge is lower, which means that you win more in the long run. Another thing that helps players in French Roulette is a system called La Partage. French Roulette is the only version with this and it is hugely beneficial. When players bet a 1:1 bet of any kind, and they lose, La Partage give back half of the bet amount. Considering the different styles of play, and the different levels of stakes that are possible, this system can make French Roulette the better choice for players.
It’s impossible for any version of Roulette to claim the title of ‘Best’. Both the French and American versions of the game are good, and each appeal to a different audience. It’s simply a matter of personal preference; once players have tried the different versions they usually start to lean towards one style or another.