French Roulette

The first type of Roulette ever was actually French Roulette. Roulette is in fact originated in France and from there it spread across Europe. After Europe it spread to America. French Roulette and European Roulette look similar, the wheel is the same and the table is the same. There are however some minor difference which can be found in the possible bets, the playing field and some additional rules. With these additional bets the house edge is even reduced further.

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Characteristics of French Roulette

One of the things that can be different from other types of Roulette is the table field. With French Roulette the wheel is usually located in the middle of the table. On either side of the wheel you will find a layout. The traditional color of the entire table is in red, but online casinos often change this to green. With the whole field being red you will not see the difference between black and red numbers. However on the wheel the numbers are colored red and black.
There is also a separate field on the table which is called ‘Call Bets’ or ‘Announced bets’. In this field you will have the opportunity to place bets according to the arrangement of the numbers on the wheels instead of the roulette table. These bets are the following:

  • Voisins de zero: this is a bet on the 16 numbers that surround the zero, 8 on the left side and 8 on the right side of the zero.
  • Tiers du Cylindre: this is a bet on the 12 numbers that are the direct opposite of the zero.
  • Orphelins: this is a bet placed on the numbers that are not included in one of the above mentioned bets, these numbers are 1,6,9,14,17,20,31 and 34.
  • Finales en Plein: this is a bet on all numbers with the same digit in the end, like 4, 14, 24, 34.

Winning odds

Because of the “En Prison” rule, which we explain below the house edge is even further reduced in comparison to European Roulette. On all even money bets the house edge is reduced by this rule to around 1.35%.

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Rules

There are two rules applicable to French roulette. These are actually only applicable to French roulette but some online casinos also apply these rules to European roulette. This can sometimes be confusing but a lot of online casinos do not offer French Roulette or at least they do not use the term French Roulette. They often call it European Roulette but do use the La Partage and En prison rule.
The En Prison rule means that the bet of the player can be placed on hold. This is the case when the player has placed an outside bet and the result of the spin is a zero. The player can keep his bet for another round, if the player wins that next round the bet will be returned. If he loses again his bet is lost.
Another variation to this rule is the La Partage rule. With this rule the player can get half of the bet back in the case the ball lands on zero and the player placed an even money bet on a single number.
These rules of French roulette can get you a significant statistical advantage.