European Roulette

European roulette is, despite its name, probably the most popular type of roulette in online casinos all over the world. In the US they do prefer the American Roulette because of the slightly better house edge but you will also find European Roulette at US casinos. European Roulette is not very different from other types of roulette. As long as you know the basic rules and bet options of Roulette you can play almost any type of Roulette. On this page we will explain what European Roulette is and which differences there are in comparison to other types of roulette.

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Main characteristics of European Roulette

The major difference between European Roulette and American Roulette is that European Roulette only has one zero. Therefore European Roulette is also called Single Zero Roulette. There is not a double zero as in American Roulette. So in total there is one pocket less on the wheel and one number less on the table layout. European Roulette has the numbers 1-36, in red and black and one zero in green as shown below.

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Another difference, although a minor one is the table layout and the layout of the wheel. The table layout is different as the outer bets are surrounding the inner bets. This is however not always the case, some online casino prefer to keep the same layout as the American variant of roulette. The numbers on the wheel are placed in a random order. This is different to American roulette where the numbers are placed in a certain mathematical order. The easiest way to know which type of roulette you’re playing is by looking to see if there is one 0 or a double zero.

Winning odds

Because European Roulette has one less pocket on the wheel, the double zero, the house edge is only 2,7% which is a huge difference with American Roulette where it is 5.3%. That is one of the reasons why this type of roulette is so popular. If you can choose between European and other types of roulette it can be better to choose the European Roulette as this one will give you the best winning odds.

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Rules

European Roulette has two extra rules which are not applied to American Roulette. Officially these rules only apply to French roulette but some online casinos do use it with European roulette as well. The first one is called the ‘La Partage’ rule. This rule is applicable when the roulette ball lands on a zero. If you placed your bet on an outside bet and the ball lands on zero you will only lose half of your bet.
The second rule is the ‘En Prison’ rule. It is also applicable when the ball lands on zero. You then have the opportunity to place your bet in “prison” which means that you can wait for the next spin to see if your number is hit. If it does you will have your money returned with no winnings but also no losses. This also only applies to outside bets.
These rules however are not always applied by each online casino. Some online casinos do not use these rules and stick to the basic principles of European roulette.