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Know and Understand All Variations of Roulette Online

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There are a few different styles of roulette out there and this can get slightly confusing for some people; especially beginners. We will quickly cover the different styles without going into too much detail, so you have an up to date guide and a basic understanding of how roulette is played today.
Many people get confused between the names US roulette, American roulette, European roulette, French roulette, double ball roulette, and multi-wheel roulette. The idea of this blog article is to as simply as possible explain the very subtle differences of these roulette games so the next time you see the name appear, you already know the reasons why these games have been names slightly differently.  Free spins
European Roulette
Firstly, there is European roulette which is basically where the game originated, so this is effectively the true form of roulette as we know it. European roulette only has one zero on the wheel and this is basically how you identify this variation of roulette. This means that the odds of winning are better in comparison to US roulette, which we will cover in the next section.
Inside bets on a European roulette table
A roulette table comes with 37 numbers if you include the single zero. That is number 1 to 36 and the 0. Therefore, this is 0-36 making 37 numbers in total. If you lay down a straight bet, the odds of winning are 37 to 1. The payout, of course, does not meat these odds or the casino would not make any money. You are actually paid pack 35-1 if you land your bet so it is obvious where the casino gets its edge.
The same applies to other inside bets. A split bet is when you wager on 2 numbers. The odds of a split bet landing are effectively half that of landing a straight bet. This would be roughly 18.5 to 1. However, the pay-out for a split bet is 17 to 1. You are losing 1.5 to 1 on every bet, which once again is where the casino gains its edge.
Outside bets on a European roulette table
Next up are outside bets. These are the column bets that pay 2 to 1, and the odd/even, high/low as well as red/black bets. Now, these bets appear as if there is no house edge. In fact, this is not true.
Numbers 1 to 36 on a roulette table are evenly split between red and black, odds and evens, and high and low numbers – this is true. It is also true that the payout is even odds. Therefore, if you win, you get 1 chip, which is your bet returned and another chip for your win. 
So far, the odds and the pay-out seem fair, don’t they? However, what some people do not account for is the additional 0 that is involved. If the ball lands on zero, then all outside bets are off. The same applies to column bets and dozen bets.
US Roulette or American Roulette
At this point, you should now be familiar with the concept of roulette after reading about our brief explanation of European roulette. The single zero and the way it will pay is decided versus the odds of the zero becoming the outcome from the coup.
Now with US roulette, which is also referred to as American roulette, there is a twist to the odds. That twist comes in the form of a second zero on the wheel. This is seen as ‘0’ and ‘00’ at the bottom of the roulette board and on the roulette wheel, the ‘0’ and ‘00’ are opposite to each other.
Now the odd of US roulette change because of this extra zero. On the other hand, the pay-outs remain the same. You can imagine how this goes to the advantage of the house.
Inside bets on a US/American roulette table
Rather than the odds being 37-1 of landing a straight bet, the odds are now instead 38-1, but the pay-out for successfully landing a straight bet remains at 35-1 thus the house gains. The same would apply to split bet too. The odds are now a lot worse giving the house an improved edge thanks to the additional zero.
Outside bets on a US/American roulette table
As you may have already calculated, with the additional zero on the US-style roulette tables, this also affects column and dozen bets. It will also negatively affect the odds of black/red, odd/even, and high/low bets. With the table being split in half with 18 red/odd/high numbers and 18 black/even/low numbers the odds are 50/50 without any zeros.
If you add one zero to the board, this then means there is one extra number on the board, which slightly reduces your odds of winning. This is because when the ball lands on the zero, all outside bets are lost. Now add a second zero, and your odds are once again reduced further. In most online and land-based casinos, all outside bets are off if the ball lands on either of the zero numbers. Best Slot Machines to Play
There are some bonus rules to tackle the additional zero in some land-based casinos and online for US roulette tables. This rule states that if the ball lands on either of the zeros the casino will pay a player back just their bet. Other casinos will only pay back half the player bet if the ball lands on either the ‘0’ or ‘00’. In most cases when this bonus rule is applied the casino counts the next bet as half – therefore the player is forced to re-bet the half a bet. If he/she wins on the next coup/spin, then the original bet is returned.
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