Differences between American and European roulette

You can play multiple types of roulette at the casino. There is European roulette, French roulette and American roulette. What exactly is the difference between American and European roulette? To summarise: In American roulette you also have a double zero in addition to a single zero in the roulette wheel. This gives a gambling house or casino that offers American roulette a higher percentage profit margin.

American roulette

An extra zero in American roulette

If you put both American and European roulette playing fields next to each other, you don't really notice a lot of difference. What does stand out is that American roulette has an additional double zero as well as the standard zero. Everything else on the playing fields is really the same. The roulette wheel does have the numbers in a different sequence, but this makes no difference to your final winning chances of course. You can bet on the numbers 1 to 36 but also on other chances such as red/black, odd/even and 1-18/19-36 for example. Both casino games also offer a side game where you can place additional bets.

The advantage for the casino

Given that American roulette includes two zero chances, the chances of these causing you to lose are slightly higher than in European roulette. In other words: the casino has a higher chance of winning. Expressed in percentages, the house has a profit rate of 5.26% for American roulette, and in European roulette this is only 2.7%. The comparative pay outs per turn are the same, so if you want to keep your chances of profits as high as possible, play European roulette.

"En prison" and surrender in European roulette

Another difference between American and European roulette is that European roulette also has the "en prison" rule. This rule means: if you place a bet on one single chance or place an outside bet (even/uneven, black/red or 1-18/19-36) and you lose because zero comes up, your bet will stand for another turn. If you win this, you get your money back. If you lose, you actually lose your money. There are also casinos that offer the surrender-rule instead of the "en prison" rule. This rule ensures that you are protected against the zero coming up and get half of your money back when this happens. This also applies to so-called outside bets. In this roulette variation, house profit for the casino is only 1.35%.

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