European versus American roulette
European roulette originated in France during the 17th century and is the most popular version of the game. American roulette originated later in the United States. Very similar to French roulette, European roulette has a wheel, metal ball and the table on which bets are placed.
Each number ranging from 1 to 36 has a colour, either black or red. The zero is green and also known as the “house number” and makes a 37th pocket. The ball will sometimes roll onto the green and those players who have bet on either the black or the red will lose to the house.
The rules for American roulette are the same as for European roulette, but American roulette has two zeroes which mean that the casino wins more money and players lose money faster. This version is only played in the United States, while the European roulette is far more popular. Players should check which version of the game is being played in the casino.
Tips for Playing European Roulette
Decide on your budget before playing. Only spend what you can afford. In order to maximise your potential for winning look at the payout percentages of the casino and do a comparison with other casinos before playing. Wherever possible play European roulette as opposed to American roulette, where the odds of winning are 5.26% versus 2.63%. Make sure you understand the terminology before placing a bet; this will ensure that you understand the game and its rules. It is best to play on tables that have a lower betting limit, do not be misled by tables with high betting limits as it will be difficult to achieve in just a couple of rounds.
Look at your previous spins and consider changing them every 5 or 10 spins and watch them as you play. Place outside bets such as red or black or odd or even and this will increase your chance of winning. Betting on your so called lucky number will limit your chances so rather spread the bets increasing the odds of winning. Be responsible when playing, know when to stop otherwise you may walk away with nothing!
Roulette is a game of chance; there is no sure way of winning. If you are losing, do not try to win it all back by making higher bets, rather stop playing if things are not going your way.
How to Play Online European Roulette
To play online roulette you would need to sign up with a casino and become a member. Choose an online casino that is licensed and publishes its payout ratios and fair play reports online and ensure that you only opt for a gaming site that’s licensed and regulated.
The benefit of playing European roulette online is that you have the option of playing for real money or playing for free. Playing for free will give you the opportunity to practise and learn the rules of the game before playing for real money. You then place your bet and spin the wheel. If the wheel stops at the number or colour that you bet on, you are the winner.