European Roulette -

The roulette has become one of the most popular games around the world. It is believed that the first roulette game has been played around year 1700 in France. In French, the notion of “roulette”means “a small wheel”. The French mathematician and physicist Blaise Pascal is the one who has been given the credit for bringing up this game. The legend says that he invented this game by pure mistake. He was initially trying to prove the possibility of perpetual motion. His experiment has failed but his friend, who was passionate about gambling, saw the opportunity in his failure.

Another legend says that the roulette game is in fact “the game of the devil”, due to the numbers placed on the roulette, which are from 1 to 36, and together summed up, resulting the number 666. The most famous man from the casino world in Monaco is associated with this legend, who is believed to have sold his soul to the devil in exchange for the roulette’s secret.

From here the idea of this game has rapidly spread all over the world. In the United States of America, starting from the 19th century, the rules of the game have been changed, hence another version of the game called the American Roulette.

Today there are three typed of roulette available: European Roulette (the most popular one), French Roulette and the American Roulette. In comparison to the other two, the American Roulette has added the number 00 on the roulette wheel, which benefits the house advantage.

The European Roulette and the French Roulette are very similar to each other. With a single 0 on the roulette wheel, the design of the table is almost the same, the only difference is made by the language used. One of the differences regarding the appearance is the placement of the roulette wheel. The French Roulette has placed it right in the middle of the table, unlike the European Roulette that has the roulette wheel at one of the table’s ends.

Game rules

The roulette game is made of a wheel in which a ball is placed. The roulette is divided in sections formed of numbers from 1 to 36, and a section containing the number 0. Before each bet, the wheel spins and the ball will stop at one of the numbers.

The table is divided into 2 categories of bets: inside bets and outside bets. In case of inside bets, the stake is placed right on the numbers. The numbers from 1 to 36 are divided into 3 columns and 12 rows. The outside bets are split according to the special options which are covering the bigger parts of the roulette: red/black, even/odd, 1-18/19-36.

Inside bets

This section allows the player to choose one or more numbers to put a bet on. When the roulette wheel is spinning and the ball stops on one of the numbers the player has put a bet on, he is wining.

  • Straight up
  • This method represents when the player decides to place a bet on a single number. This kind of bet has the biggest payout of 35:1, but also the smallest chances of winning.

  • Split
  • This time the player is placing a bet on 2 adjacent numbers on the table, but not on the roulette. This way, the token can be placed on the line between any 2 numbers (example: 13-16). The payout for this is 17:1.

  • Street
  • The numbers to put a bet on is rising to 3 adjacent numbers, placed on one of the 12 lines of the rows (example: 16, 17, 18). The payout is 11:1.

  • Corner
  • This option allows the player to bet on 4 adjacent numbers on the table. The bet is being placed at the corner where these 4 numbers touch (example: 17, 18, 20, 21). The payout is 8:1.

  • Double street
  • The player is able to put now a bet on 6 numbers, and the token will be placed on the line between two rows. The payout is 5:1.

    Outside bets

  • Red or Black – the player can put a bet on the colour of the winning number (payout 1:1)
  • Even or Odd – the player can put a bet on the type of the winning number (payout 1:1)
  • 1-18/19-26 – the player can bet if the winning number will be smaller or equal to 18, or over 19 (payout 1:1)
  • Dozen – the player can bet on 12 consecutive numbers: 1-12, 13-24, 25-36. If the ball will stop at 0, the player is losing (payout 2:1)
  • Column – the player can bet on 12 numbers that are not consecutive (payout 2:1).
  • Other options

    This option represents the same kind of bets on the same numbers. The difference here is that this time the numbers are following the order on the roulette.

  • Neighbors of zero – the player can bet on 17 consecutive numbers (between 22 and 25)
  • Tiers (Third of the wheel) – the player can bet on 12 consecutive numbers – the zone that is opposite to 0 (between 33 and 25)
  • Orphans – the player can bet on the 8 numbers that cannot be found neither among the neighbors of 0, neither among Tiers (1, 20, 14, 13, 9, 17, 34, 6).