The European Roulette
The most popular little wheel in the world for fun and excitement.
Roulette can trace back its origins to the 18th century and this now popular casino game first came to life in France. As the years went by, more and more players were fascinated by the spinning wheel and wanted to unlock its secrets, as well as the riches it promised. Now, it remains one of the top choices and it is safe to say that the European version is the most popular.
European roulette has 36 consecutive numbers from 1 to 36 which are arranged on a spinning wheel in a certain order. Each number has a pocket on the wheel and one of two colors, red and black. There is also 37th pocket on the wheel which is green and is represented by 0. This is basically where the game determines its house edge since the payout for a successful bet on a single number is 35:1. The 0 slot doesn’t count when determining the payout so bets on red/black or odd/even have a payout of 1:1 since there is a possibility of 50% of getting it right if we disregard the green pocket.
Overall, European roulette has a house edge of 2.70%, making it one of the most advantageous casino games in this regard.
But the real magic doesn’t come from the low house edge. European roulette provides a very exciting way of betting while making sure it has options for every player. While some prefer to take the safe approach and go for 50/50 bets, others want to risk big for big payouts on a single number and roulette has it all covered.
Some casinos can offer special features to European roulette, such as “La Partage” or “En Prison”, which are designed to favor the player in case the ball stops in the green 0 pocket. This can be by either returning half of the losing bets or by holding them for an additional spin for free.