How to Play French Roulette

Probably, actually - the best roulette variant.

Topics Addressed

  • Where can you play French roulette?
  • Different layout?
  • Different rules?
  • Call Bets

The third version of roulette is French roulette and probably actually the best roulette variant. Roulette in fact originated in France before spreading across Europe and then the Pacific Ocean to America. Thus, French roulette is the ancestor to European roulette even though it is often also mistakenly referred to as 'European' roulette. French roulette is a distinct roulette variation in its own right. Even though French and European roulette share the same wheel, there are some important differences between the two that are worth mentioning such as the playing field, some additional rules and betting options.

Where can you play French roulette?

You will rarely come across French roulette outside of casinos in Monte Carlo. So if it's really the French variant that you want to experience (and we suggest that it should be!), the chances are that you'll be playing online.

Different layout?

One of the first things that you'll notice about French roulette is that the layout is a little different to what you've become accustom to with American or European roulette. The roulette wheel is located in the centre with a layout on either side and the entire board is red. However, half of the numbers, 1 to 36, are not actually physically colored black on the table but they are still regarded as black. It seems that the French simply prefer an all red table for some reason. The numbers on the French roulette wheel still alternate between black and red just like on all other roulette wheels.

Different rules?

French Roulette is played in exactly the same way as European Roulette as it also only has a single zero on the wheel. There are, however, a few rule variations which you should be aware of before you begin.

For instance, the rule of 'La Partage' provides you a significant statistical advantage which are you are not afforded in other roulette variations. According to the rule of La Partage, you lose only half of your bet, not all of it, if you place an even money bet on a single number and the ball lands on zero. This rule operates in a similar way to the En Prison rule in European roulette.

Call Bets

In the French roulette variation, you have the chance to make 'call bets' (or 'called bets'). These are bets which can be placed according to the numbers as they appear on the roulette wheel, rather than the roulette table.

Voisins du Zero (Neighbors of Zero): A bet on the 17 numbers on the wheel that surround zero (including the zero) which are 22, 18, 29, 7, 28, 12, 35, 3, 26, 0, 32, 15, 19, 4, 21, 2 and 25.

Tiers du Cylindre (Third of the Wheel): A bet on the 12 numbers that reside on the opposite side of the wheel from the zero which are 27, 13, 36, 11, 30, 8, 23, 10, 5, 24, 16 and 33.

Orphelins (Orphans): A bet on the remaining 8 numbers on the wheel that are not included in the previous two bets which are 1, 6, 9, 14, 17, 20, 31, and 34.

Finales en Plein: A bet on all numbers that end in the same digit, for example, 3, 13, 23 and 33.

Finales a Cheval: A bet on all numbers that end in any two chosen digits, for example, 3, 13, 23, 33, 4, 14, 24 and 34. 

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