Top 3 Casino Roulette Variations

Published April 28, 2012 by OCR Editor

Top 3 Casino Roulette Variations

Online Roulette is one of the most popular forms of casino gaming on the Internet

Online Roulette is one of the most popular games offered by Internet casino operators, and part of the reason for this is that there are three varying version of the game to keep you entertained - American, European and French.

European Roulette

European Roulette is the most popular form of online roulette, as it offers the best odds of winning - with a house advantage of just 2.7%. It contains only a single zero, giving players a 1 in 37 chance of hitting their selected number. It is also characterized by the marking of its numbers on the outside circumference of the wheel.

Whether you are playing online or looking for bricks and mortar casinos, this is the most common version of roulette you will find. All top online casino, including bet365, William Hill Casino, Casino and 888casino, offer this game, and they often accompany it with some pretty attractive promotional offers.

American Roulette

American Roulette is easily identifiable whether playing online or at a real casino, because it contains that extra double zero (00) green pocket. This means that while you have only a 1 in 38 chance of winning (as opposed to 1 in 37 on European Roulette), your payout will still be the same 35 to 1 prize.

Available at most good online casinos, American Roulette's numbers are also ordered differently from a European wheel, which can take some getting used to. None the less, this is a good alternative to its rival form of roulette for those wanting to shake it up a bit and keep their online gaming interesting.

French Roulette

French Roulette is the least known but quite possibly the most exciting roulette variant. Like European Roulette, it has only a single zero, but its wheel is located in the center and it has a few different rules. One of these is "La Partage," which means you lose only half your bet if you place an even money bet on a single number and the ball lands on zero.

Call bets can be placed according to the numbers on the roulette wheel. But you'd better brush up on your French first! Voisins du Zero is a bet on the 17 numbers surrounding zero, Tiers du Cylindre are the 12 numbers on the opposite side of the wheel from zero, Orphelins are the eight remaining numbers, Finales en Plein is a bet on all numbers ending in the same digit, and Finales a Cheval is a wager on all numbers ending in any two chosen digits.

French Roulette cannot be found at all online casinos, but many good ones do offer it - including William Hill Casino, Ladbrokes Casino, bet365 and Winner Casino.

Live Roulette

Of course, an article on online roulette would not be complete without a mention of the latest innovation - Live Roulette. All three variations - European, American and French, can be found at all good live dealer casinos, and are broadcast live to you from land-based casinos.

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