Online European Roulette
Roulette is an extremely popular online casino game. Both European Roulette and American Roulette are simple to learn, offering exciting and varied odds, and giving players the chance to win big money. Online casinos are open both day and night, which means players can enjoy a game of roulette at whatever time is most convenient, in the comfort of their own home.
How to Play European Roulette
How to read a European Roulette table
Unlike the American Roulette version, European Roulette is played with 37 pockets. The absence of the American 00 pocket means that 0 is the only top pocket on the betting table. This means that there are greater odds, if only slight, for the European Roulette player. For example, the odds for a Straight Up bet are 36 to 1, for a corner 8.25 to 1, and a Red or Black outside bet: 1.01 to 1. While the odds may be different, the payouts for both versions of the game are the same.
How To Play
Based on the variety of betting options available, the player or players decide whether they will make inside or outside bets. An inside bet is made on any numbered pocket, or group of numbered pockets. For example, the bettor can place their wager entirely on the number 25 with 36 to 1 odds of winning, or they can increase their chance of winning by placing their chips in the centre of a group of numbers, such as 14, 15, 17, and 18, thereby betting on four numbers and changing their odds to 8.25 to 1. Outside bets offer the greatest chance of winning, but much smaller payouts in return.
Some online roulette casino tables may have minimum and maximum bets in place. Once you have selected your table, players can place their inside or outside bets. After all bets have been placed, the dealer – or croupier – will spin the wheel in one direction, and the ball in the opposite. Once the ball has fallen into a coloured pocket the winning number will be announced and a marker, called the “dolly”, will be placed on top of its corresponding table number. While this marker is in place, bets will be collected by the house and returned to winners and no more bets can be made until the croupier has removed the “dolly” and the next round begins.
En-Prison is a rule that is sometimes offered by casinos, but typically only in European versions of roulette. The En-Prison rule is only available to players who place even money outside bets. The rule comes into play if the ball lands in the 0 pocket. If this occurs, the croupier will offer the player two options. First, the player can choose to forfeit half of their wager and continue onto the next round. If the player wishes to invoke En-Prison, however, they must risk their wager again. For example, let us say that the player has wagered $20 on Black. If the next spin lands in the 0 pocket again, or on Red, the player loses their $20. However, if the ball lands on Black, the original wager of $20 is returned to the player with neither a loss nor win.
European Roulette Strategy
Since there are no specific strategies in which to follow for either version of roulette it is enough to simply know the difference between calculated bets and unwise wagers. A Straight Up bet may payout at 35 to 1, but the chance that the ball will land on that number is extremely slim. Making calculated decisions and outside betting are recommended for roulette novices, there is big money to be made if you play intelligently.
Even though there are striking differences between the two, European and American roulettes were ultimately borne out of the same game. In that respect, if a player has tried their hand at one, it will not take long to understand the other. Both games are available to play now at online casinos; they are easy to pick up and offer a variety of betting options, not to mention the opportunities for players to see big risks turn into big payoffs.
European Roulette History
The game of roulette (a French word for “wheel”) in the form that we know it today was introduced into Parisian casinos during the late 1790s. History dates the wheel-based game in several other formats back to the 17th century, but it was in France in the mid 19th century that the most accessible form of Roulette was created: the single zero game. To those less knowledgeable in the rules of Roulette, the European and American versions can seem quite similar. Upon closer inspection, however, it is clear that the two have obvious differences, subsequently altering the odds of each game.