European Roulette is one of the 2 most popular table games in casinos in Europe.
Unlike its American counterpart, the European Roulette wheel has just 37 holes as opposed to 38. This is due to just one 0 as opposed to the 0 and 00 that American Roulette wheels have.
As a result, the odds of a player winning in European Roulette are slightly better than in the American version as the house odds are reduced.
European Roulette Basics
The main aim of European Roulette and all other versions is to predict the number that will come up from the spin of the Roulette wheel.
A croupier spins the wheel in a land-based casino, this is automatic in online casinos using a random number generator to get the result, a small ball is then dropped in which will come to rest in one of the 37 slots. Payouts are given if you predict correctly.
An example of a European Roulette wheel and the betting options can be found below:
There are many different options when it comes to betting in Roulette, these are the same in all versions including European Roulette.
The first thing you need to do is decide how much to bet with, you receive chips which you use to show your bets in the play area, each chip has a set value. Depending on the software you are using when playing online, you will normally be able to click the value of the chip you wish to use and then the area you wish to bet on, you can bet more than 1 chip in the same area if you wish although most tables will have a minimum and maximum amount you can bet for each bet type.
Types of Bets
Inside Bets – these are less likely to come in as you are betting on fewer numbers, however as a result of this, the payouts are higher than outside bets.
Straight Up Bet – this bet is on a single number including 0.
Split Bet – this bet is between 2 neighboring numbers and gives you a win if either of those numbers rolls in.
Street Bet – this bet is between 3 numbers and is placed on the end of a row of 3 consecutive numbers or a combination of 0, 1, 2 and 3. You win If any of the 3 numbers roll in.
Corner Bet – this bet covers 4 neighboring numbers, the chips you place touches all 4 on the play area and you win if any of the 4 roll in.
Line Bet – this bet covers 6 numbers and is similar to a Street Bet except that it covers 2 rows of 3 numbers as opposed to 1 row of 3 numbers, if any of those 6 numbers roll in, you win.
Outside Bets – these are more likely to come in that Inside Bets as you are covering more numbers, as a result, the payouts are lower.
Column Bet – this bet covers all the numbers on a particular column, so 12 in total. If any of these 12 numbers roll in, the bet is paid out as a winner.
Dozen Bet – this bet also covers 12 numbers the same as a Column bet but the Dozen bet is numerical, so low dozen which is the numbers 1 to 12, 2nd dozen which are 13 to 24 and the high dozen 25 to 36. If you guess the correct dozen you will win the bet.
Colour Bet – this bet is simply which color the winning number will be, red or black. If the number that rolls in is of that color, you win.
Odd/Even bet – this bet is to guess whether the number that rolls in will be odd or even.
High/Low – this bet is to guess whether the number that rolls in is High – 19 to 36, or Low 1 to 18.
The below image has an example of each type of bet and how it is placed.
European Roulette Returns
The odds for each type of bet depend on how many numbers are covered. The fewer numbers that are covered, the higher the payout will be. The below table gives an idea of the payout for each type of bet, it is worth mentioning that some casinos will differ slightly so it is worth checking that the casino/s you play at don’t give worse odds than others for the type of bet/s that you prefer to make.
35 to 1
17 to 1
11 to 1
8 to 1
5 to 1
2 to 1
2 to 1
1 to 1
1 to 1
1 to 1
European Roulette Strategy
There is no real way to increase your chances of winning at European Roulette as it is a game of luck. Unlike some games such as Blackjack, there is no skill involved in the outcome, there is an equal chance of each of the 37 numbers being rolled. Plenty of people have claimed to have a winning strategy and it is certainly possible to win in the short term, but over the long term, the house always has the edge an is always likely to, therefore, end up winning.
The key to European Roulette is to enjoy it and not play beyond your means.
If you are looking to play for a while we suggest you look at the outside bets as these come in more often and will provide you with better value for money. These are the bets such as color, odd/even, high/low, column and dozen.
There is always going to be a temptation to bet on straight up numbers which offer the best odds of 35 to 1, but unless you get lucky you will see your funds go quicker and with less excitement. That isn’t to say don’t bet on these, but don’t be too disappointed if you don’t win for a few spins which would be less likely if you bet on the outside bets.
The key thing is to ensure your bet within your budget and enjoy the gaming experience. If you win then great, but at the end of the day Roulette is a game of luck with no element of skill and if the enjoyment ends for you then it is time to leave.
Along with Blackjack, Roulette is the most popular table in game European casinos. There is a variation in the types of bets you can place and the game is fast paced and exciting.
However, you will find that many online casinos don’t have bonuses which include play on Roulette due to the even bets such as odd/even, high/low and the color.