Roulette Variations – similarities and differences

Roulette is an exciting game of chance/luck and strategy with two well-known variations – the American roulette, and the European roulette. Apart from these two variations, there are other variations that are not as popular – the French roulette, and the Roulette Royale.

In this guide, I will outline each variation separately.

The American Roulette

This is the most popular of the four variations mentioned above. The first and most important feature that differentiates American roulette from the other three is that American roulette has a one zero (0) slot as well as a double zero (00) slot. The second and equally important differentiating feature is that American roulette has a house edge of 5.26 percent. This effectively means that American roulette is the most hard to beat, and one of the most competitive casino games.

The European Roulette

After the American roulette, the European roulette is the second most popular variation. It is similar to the American roulette except for two distinguishing features: (1).the European roulette has a house edge of 2.63 percent; (2).It has one zero (0) slot and does not have a double zero slot. Although this variation is not popular, it is the best and the most suitable for newcomers to the game of roulette. European roulette is very competitive with other casino games due to its lower house edge. Like the other less popular roulette variations, it is hard to find in online casinos.

The Roulette Royale

This type of roulette is not well known and is usually not available at most online casinos. Unlike the other types of roulette, Roulette Royale has a progressive or ongoing jackpot. To win the progressive jackpot, the same number has to be hit 5 times consecutively. In view of this, the jackpot can become quite big.

French Roulette

This is the original game of roulette. All the other variations stemmed from the French roulette. Not to be confused with European roulette, French roulette also has a low house edge and high bets. In fact, its house edge is lower than that of the European roulette. For this reason, it is not popular and not easily found in many online casinos. In addition, the French roulette sometimes has a different type of table layout.

In spite of the differences mentioned, all roulette variations do have some similarities.

The American, the European, and the Roulette Royale all have the same table layout, and are played on a long table with the roulette wheel at one end. As already mentioned, the French roulette sometimes has a different table layout that is wider.
Except for the French roulette, with other variations, each player has individual colored chips. This is to avoid confrontations in the house. The roulette chips for all roulette variations are not acceptable at the casino cashiers. Therefore, players would have to convert their chips at the table before being exchanged for cash at the cashier counter.

The wheel number sequence of the different variations is more or less the same.