American Roulette

American Roulette is a very popular type of roulette and together with European Roulette, the most played types of roulette. American roulette is played in most land and online casinos. We will only discuss the American roulette in the online casino although there is not much difference with the variant played in land casinos.
American Roulette is especially very popular in online casinos in the USA. But you will also encounter it in European online casinos. There are some small differences between American roulette and other types of roulette. The basic principles are however the same, so if you know the basic rules of roulette you can play each type of roulette.

American roulette

Main characteristics of American Roulette

American Roulette has two main differences from other types of roulette. The first one can be found in the total amount of numbers. Whereas European roulette has a total of 37 numbers, American roulette has a total of 38 numbers. These are the number 1-36, a 0 and a double zero (00). The color of the numbers is red or black and the zero and double zero are green.
The other difference is the ranking of the numbers on the wheel. With American roulette the numbers are placed in pairs opposite each other. So the zero and double zero are placed opposite each other, the 1 and 2, the 3 and 4 etc. They have done this to get a kind of mathematical balance between red and black, high and low and even and odd. On the wheel you will notice that the red and black numbers alternate and that all red numbers are opposite black numbers. Another interesting note is that usually two even numbers alternate with two odd numbers.

American roulette

A small difference in the lay out of the table means the bets you can make are the same but are simply arranged differently on the table. In a land based casino you will also find a difference in the chip colours but that is not relevant for the online casinos.

Winning odds

By adding the double zero to the game there is a slightly higher house edge. The chance, for a player, to hit a single number is now 1-38 instead of 1-37. This increases the house edge to 5,3% instead of 2,7% at the European roulette.
However there is also an advantage for the players with this extra number. More extensive betting systems, which can be nice to try new betting strategies.


American roulette is actually very easy to play. There are some rules like “la Partage” and “En Prison” which are featured in French Roulette but these are not applicable at American Roulette. So it is just a case of knowing the bets you can place in the type of roulette you’re playing.
The table layout is slightly different and maybe less charming but it is easy to understand.
Although the house edge is slightly better American Roulette is a fun roulette variant to play and has an extra challenge with that double zero.