Whether you are a professional or a novice casino player, you have definitely heard of Roulette. Regarded as one of the most popular games in the casino world, this is one of the games that you can easily master and play to your advantage. Roulette comes in three different variations, namely: European roulette, Russian roulette and American Roulette.
In the 19th century, while the original 38-number version of roulette had rose to become the standard in America, a different version of the game, referred to as the European roulette had begun its evolution. Its roots can be traced back to two Brothers, Louis and Francois Blanc who modified the wheels of their German casino so that it could only have 37 numbers. This modification eliminated the dreaded double zero which usually gives the house an edge over the players. This meant that players would benefit from better odds and increased wagering.
The modification made by the brothers catapulted the popularity of this version of roulette to the extent that many people and online reviews would recommend gamblers to try out this 37-number roulette that gives players a fair share of chances. European roulette places the house advantage at 2.70% which is lower than the European version of the same game that places the house edge at 5.26 on every individual spin.
The 37 numbers of this European Layout are made up of all numbers from 1 to 36 and a single 0 which is designated as a “bank slot”. On the face of this roulette wheel, the most commonly seen sequence of numbers would be 0-32-15-19-4-21-2-25-17-34-6-27-13-36-11-30-8-23-10-5-24-16-33-1-20-14-31-22-18-29-7-28-12-35-3-26. This is not entirely the pattern that you will find in most casinos. A number of casinos in Macau have introduced a different sequence that places the slots on the clockwise of the right of the single zero as follows: 0-27-10-25-29-12-8-19-31-18-6-21-33-16-4-23-35-14-2-28-9-26-30-11-20-32-17-5-22-34-15-3-24-36-13-1.
The wheel pattern of European roulette should not worry you much since the wagers, odds and payouts still remain the same. The layout of the wheel is also the same. The only difference that can be seen on the table is when you compare it with the American version of the same game which has a single zero and a Double Zero while this version only has a single zero. At the very top of the available three columns, is the bank’s single zero. Black numbers run in the middle column from 8 through 4 while the red ones run from 1 to 36. Black numbers outnumber the red ones in the middle column from 8 to 4 while balance is achieved from 6 to 6 in the first column. Just like the American version, the European roulette also has areas that are marked by numbers for “outside” betting.
Facts about European Roulette
Minimum stake: 5 Euros
Number of players at a table: 1-8
Aim of the game: Of all the available 37 numbers on the wheel, a player is to bet on which a ball will rest.
How to Bet
Players are allowed to proceed and place their bets once the croupier announces that they do so. He or she will then throw the ball on the roulette wheel that has 37 numbers and when it is about to make its final two rounds, the croupier announces for the bets to stop. Once the ball has spurn the final round and come to rest, the losing bets are raked in by the casino while winners are paid out. Whenever the ball lands on a zero, the even bets which include red/black, manqué or passe and odds/evens are locked in’ hence they lose half of their value. They can then remain on the table for another spin or recover their chips at half their value.
On the next spin, the locked in’ wagers that are on winning even bets are then released’, which is a term used to mean that they are reverted to their original value. At this point, a player can either pick them or leave them. Once the next spin has been conducted, locked in’ wagers that were placed on even money bets that lose out are lost definitively.
Wagers and Payouts on bets
The available wagers and payouts include:
Straight: This is where a player bets on a single number (35 to 1).
Split: One bets on two numbers at the same time by placing their chip on the line that separates the two numbers. (17-1)
Street: Allows you player to bet on three numbers by placing a chip on the left side of the row of numbers. (11-1)
Square: Allows players to bet on 4 numbers by placing their chips on the intersection of four numbers. (8-1)
First four numbers: one can bet on four numbers on the top of the grid (0, 1, 2 and 3) by placing your chip at the edge and the intersection of the line 0 and that linking 1, 2 and 3. (8-1)
Sixline: You bet on 6 numbers by placing the chip on the left side, at the intersection of two numbers(5-1)
Column: You bet on an entire column by placing your chip just below the last number on the column. (2-1). It is important to note that a column does not include a zero.
Dozen: Here, a player bets on a dozen numbers by placing chips at the dozen boxes at the bottom of the grid.(2-1)
Split Column: Bet on 2 columns by placing your bet on the intersection of 2 columns(1/2-1)
Split dozen: you can bet on two dozens by placing a bet on the intersection of2 dozens (1/2-1)
Available Even money wagers include;
Red/Black: Here a player is supposed to bet on the color of the winning number (even money).
Odds/Evens: A player bets that the winning number will either be odd or even (even money).
Manque: This is a bet that the winning number will either be between 1 and 18 inclusive (even money).
Passe: This bet is used to indicate that the winning number will be between 19 and 36 inclusive (even money).
Apart from these, there are a few other bets that result from a combination of numbers. However, now that you have familiarized with the basic ones, the rest will not be hard to grasp. Whether you are playing an advanced level of European roulette or you are trying out on the basic version, you need to be aware that it is a game of chance hence you need to use your wits and skills to determine the best bet.