We’ve looked at Blackjack and Baccarat and an assortment of other game differences, but now we are going to tackle Roulette.
This iconic casino game has stood the test of time – it’s as popular now as it has ever been. There are a few different types and game structures that you’ll encounter if you’re a fan. They are not better or worse than each other; just different. Read on to learn about the different games of Roulette.
European, French & American
The original Roulette game is usually called European or French Roulette, since that is where it originated. When refugees from the French Revolution fled to America, they brought the game with them. To improve the house edge, US casino proprietors added an extra panel.
The key difference between American and French or European Roulette wheels, then, is that the former has 2 green panels labelled 0 and 00, and the latter only has 1, labelled 0. This makes the house edge in American Roulette 5.26%, while in the other games it is just 2.7%. If you’re a beginner, it’s always best to start with French or European games, where the odds are slightly more in your favour. The numbered panels are also arranged differently in the different games.
Mini Roulette is a smaller version of European Roulette, played on a wheel with 12 numbered spaces and a single 0 panel. Its house edge sits between the larger versions’, at 3.85%. It’s a simple variation that adds more diversity and interest.
Different Roulette Playing Settings
You can play Roulette at land-based casinos, or online on your desktop or mobile device. Since conventional online games rely on Random Number Generation and animation to recreate live action, they tend to move a lot faster than land-based games do. If you play live dealer online games, you’re watching live action as it unfolds and the pace is very similar, though not quite the same, as offline games.
Live and non-live online games usually offer special features to help you learn about Roulette and develop your tactics as you play, and with live dealer games you can even get advice from an expert dealer who knows all about the game.
Rapid Roulette games allow you to place bets on a video screen in a live casino setting, which allows for quicker gameplay and can be less intimidating for new players. The atmosphere around a land-based Roulette wheel, of course, is simply unbeatable. Each type of game has rewards of its own, but live dealer games probably come closest to giving you the best of all worlds.