American Roulette and European Roulette
Though Roulette originated in 16th century France, it quickly caught on in the Americas as a glamorous and exciting game of chance. The Old World version is known as European roulette, which is the most famous and well known version played today. American Roulette originated much later and has minor differences compared to its European cousin.
The European game has as its central character a wheel, upon which the croupier or dealer's ball is thrown, and a table, where bets are placed by all the players. Numbers are engraved into the perimeter of the roulette wheel, from 1 to 36, with each number being either red or black. This results in an equal number of blacks and reds, odd and even numbers, as well as high (18-36) and low (1-17) numbers. Apart from 36 numbered slots, there is a single green slot bearing the number zero.
The green slot is also known as the "house number" because it maintains a small house edge against the players. Else, if a player were to wager on "black" or "red", the odds would be 50/50 that the ball would land on red or black. This would be identical odds to flipping a coin for heads or tails. The single green zero slot adds a 37th slot in the roulette wheel that the ball can land on, making the odds of the ball landing in red or black slightly less than 50/50. Due to the random movement of the ball, if it ends up on the green slot, then all bets on "red" or "black" will lose to the house, or casino. This ensures that the casino always has a 2.70% edge, playing by European roulette rules.
When you play American Roulette, the game is essentially the same as the European version, but for one difference. There is an extra green slot on the wheel, called the "double zero" or "00". This makes a total of 38 slots that the ball could land on. This nearly doubles the house edge to 5.26% compared to the European version. Players stand to lose more money but they get a faster game.
There's one more quirk in European roulette strategy. There, players have an option to use the "en prison" rule. This allows a player to either surrender half of his/her "outside" wagers, or to leave them for the next game, if the zero comes up.
When you factor this "Surrender" option, the house advantage drops even lower in European Roulette, taking it to 1.352 percent (from 2.7%), which makes the Old World game even more lucrative for a player, compared to the 5.26% House edge in the United States.
Whether you choose to play American Roulette or play European Roulette, we are sure you will enjoy both! And while Slotland currently doesn't offer any Roulette game, how about to try playing slots on your mobile device for a chance?
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