The Playboy’s Game Roulette

When you think of roulette you think of millionaires, Monte Carlo and the phrase ‘put it all on black’. Many fortunes have been won and lost at the roulette wheel and the game remains the most popular casino game in the world. The tick tick of the ball bouncing around the black and red pockets is almost hypnotic. One famous case of a man in the UK who sold his house and all world possessions and put the proceeds on red, he won. While we’re not suggesting that you do anything as radical as that, the game of roulette does entertain on many levels. The stakes you wager need not be huge to have a rewarding time at the ‘Devil’s Wheel’

All Roulette Started As French Roulette

Look into roulette a bit and you will see American roulette, European roulette and French roulette all offered online. We are going to concentrate on French roulette online here. So what’s the deal with all these versions and how are they different? Well to start with all roulette is technically French. The game started there and the variations in the game where introduced by Frenchmen. The first difference is the layout of the betting table and wheel. The traditional layout for the betting table for French roulette I with the wheel set in the middle of the table, with the betting table set out either side. The American version is with the wheel at one end. Most casinos, online and brick and mortar use the American layout now. The only place you will find the traditional French layout is in Monte Carlo and maybe one or two venues in France. The wheel is numbered differently also, on the French version the number sequence is set out 0-32-15-19-4-21-2-25-17-34-6-27-13-36-11-30-8-23-10-5-24-16-33-1-20-14-31-9-22-18-29-7-28-12-35-3-26. The double zero ‘American roulette’ wheel is set out 0-28-9-26-30-11-7-20-32-17-5-22-34-15-3-24-36-13-1-00-27-10-25-29-12-8-19-31-18-6-21-33-16-4-23-35-14-2.

French Game French Betting

french rouletteThe next big difference between the three versions are betting rules and types of bet. Most will not be relevant when you play French roulette online. The games online are a bit of a mish mash of rules and individual casinos use some parts and not others. It is very important to check with each casino first. The first betting rule is the ‘En Prison’ in French roulette this happens when the ball lands in the zero pocket. Any even money bets, odd/even, red/black, high/low etc. can either be placed ‘En Prison’, held over for the next spin or half the stake returned. If the next spin is a winner the stake that is held ‘En Prison’ is returned. Effectively a break even. If the next spin is a loss or another zero the stake is taken. House rules vary a lot with this so check first. The next betting rule is ‘La Partage’ very similar to the ‘En Prison’ when the ball lands on the zero half the stake is returned on even money bets, with no re-spin.

Even The Bets Sound Cool In French Roulette

These next bets will not necessarily be relevant to online French roulette as they are really just terminology, but some casinos may accept them so they are worth knowing. Voisins du zero, or neighbours of zero relates to the seventeen numbers 22,18,29,7,28,12,35,3,26,0,32,15,19,4,21,2,25. Multiples of nine chip bets are placed as follows, 2 chips on the trio 0, 2, 3, 1 chip on each of the splits 4/7, 12/15, 18/21, 19/22 and 32/35 and two chips on the corner 25/26/28/29. Le tiers du cylindre is the twelve numbers between 27 and 33 inclusive. Stakes are wagered in multiples of six with one chip on each split 5/8, 10/11, 13/16, 23/24, 27/30 and 33/36. Orphelins is a bet on the numbers left out of the Tiers and Voisins 17, 34, 6, 1, 20, 14, 31 and 9, the bet is in multiples of five one chip straight up on 1 and four chips on the splits 6/9, 14/17, 17/20, and 31/34. All of these bets can be placed as individual bets, it’s just that they have names in French and are recognized bets. There are a few more that are announced bets but they are only used in brick and mortar casinos.
The last difference is solely language and at most casinos online that offer French roulette will have the terms in English as well as French:

These are the terms that would be visible on the betting table, there are many more that could be used in a brick and mortar venue. The main thing to remember is most of the differences are superficial except the huge fact that a single zero wheel has a house edge of about 2.7% and a double zero wheel (American) has a massive 5.26%.