Roulette’s been around for a while now – since the late 18th Century – but how familiar are you with European Roulette? This game wasn’t available stateside until the internet came along some 200 years later, giving you the opportunity to play European Roulette online anytime you like at Ignition Casino. It’s a lot like American Roulette, although there are a few differences you should know about before playing.

The Single Zero

By far the most important difference between the two Roulette variants is the single zero (“0”) on the European Roulette wheel, compared to the double zero (“00”) of the American wheel. Why the difference? The original wheels, originating from France, featured the double zero. In 1843, the single zero came into play when a German casino came up with the alternate wheel as a way to attract customers. The single zero spread like wildfire across the continent, and into Asia and Africa, too. Regardless, both games’ zero pockets are colored green to distinguish them from the 18 Red numbers and 18 Black numbers.

From a game play perspective, the single zero makes the European Roulette wheel (sometimes called the “French” wheel) particularly attractive because it lowers the house edge. If you place a bet on Red while playing American Roulette, you have an 18-in-38 chance of getting paid even money, for a house edge of 5.3%. In European Roulette, your chances of winning are 18-in-37, cutting the house edge almost in half to 2.7%. That means you’re getting nearly twice as much roulette for your money.

The Call Bets

At Ignition Casino, you’ll find two different options when playing European Roulette. You won’t find the below bets on our sleek new European Roulette layout, but if you’re a fan of our Classic European Roulette, you’ll see the full layout in all its glory, including the numbered oval featuring the following three wagers:

Voisins du zéro (“Neighbors of Zero”): A bet that covers the 17 numbers on the wheel that are closest to the single zero. Two chips go on the 0-2-3 trio, two more on the 25-26-28-29 corner, and one each on the 4-7, 12-15, 18-21, 19-22, and 32-35 splits.

Tiers du Cylindre (“Third of the Wheel”): A bet that covers 12 numbers on the opposite side of the wheel from the single zero. One chip is placed on each of 5-8, 10-11, 13-16, 23-24, 27-30, and 33-36.

Orphans: Also known as Orphelins in French, this bet covers the remaining eight numbers on the wheel. One chip is placed on 1, like a straight bet, then one chip is placed on each of 6-9, 14-17, 17-20, and 31-34.

The Tiers du Cylindre bet, commonly referred to as “Tiers,” is the most popular bet of the three at British casinos by a wide margin. 

How to Play Roulette

Our online Roulette game is one of the most straightforward table games at Ignition Casino. At the start of the round, you place your bets on the betting layout by dropping chips on the numbers you want. There are inside bets, which are held within the betting rectangle, and outside bets, which are found on the exterior. The inside bets have bigger payouts because the odds of winning them are lower. Meanwhile, the outside bets, which come with better odds, have lower payouts.

Inside Bets

Straight: Bet on a single number for a 35:1 payout. Place your chip directly on the number you want to bet. 

Split: Cover two numbers with a single bet for a 17:1 payout. Place your chip in between both numbers. 

Street: Cover a three-number row with one wager for an 11:1 payout. Place your chip on the line just above the row. 

Corner: Bet on four numbers that form a square for an 8:1 payout. Place your chip on the inner point between all four numbers.  

Six Line: The biggest inside bet, the Six Line covers two rows for a total of six numbers. The payout is 5:1. Place your chip above the two rows, between both numbers.

Outside Bets

Dozen Bet: Bet on the first, second or third dozen numbers for a 2:1 payout. Place your chip on the rectangles labelled 1st 12, 2nd 12, and 3rd 12.

Column Bet: Bet on a full column of numbers for a 2:1 payout. Place your chip at the edge of the column on the area labelled “2:1.”

High/Low: Cover either the upper or lower half of all the numbers on the board for a 1:1 payout. Place your chip on the rectangle labelled “1-18” or “19-36.”

Odd/Even: Bet on all of the odd or even numbers on the board for a 1:1 payout. Place your chip on the Even or Odd rectangles near the bottom of the betting layout.

Red/Black: All the numbers on the betting layout are colored red or black; bet on all of one color for a 1:1 payout. To do so, place your chip on the red or black diamond.

Once you’ve placed your chips on the layout, use the “Spin” button to launch the ball counter clockwise around the moving wheel. If the ball lands on one of the numbers you bet, you win.  

Roulette Strategy

Roulette is one of the few casino games with bets that have close to a 50/50 outcome. For that reason, some players like to use progressive betting systems to try to beat the house. If you’re new to this concept, a progressive betting system is a program that systematically has you increase and decrease your bets according to the outcome of the previous round. The oldest system that is still in circulation is the Martingale.

Dating back to 18th century France, the Martingale system is popular because of its simplicity. According to the Martingale, after every losing bet, you double your wager. That way, when you hit a win again, you’ll win back everything you lost and be ahead one unit. Let’s take a look at how this looks on paper:

Bet Amount Outcome

Total Amount Lost/Won

Bet $5 Lose

-$5

Bet $10

Lose -$15
Bet $20 Lose

-$35

Bet $40 Win

$5

At first glance, the Martingale may look flawless, but before you dive into it, there are some things to consider. For one, when you double your bet with every loss, the amount you need to put down post-loss can increase faster than you may expect. For example, if you had an eight-round losing streak, an initial $5 bet would be bumped up to $640. That’s more than you’d be allowed to wager in a single round at Ignition Casino. For this reason, the Martingale works better theoretically than practically, as you’d need an infinite bankroll and a Roulette table with no betting maximums for it to truly work.

The best way to think about Roulette strategy is to get the best value possible for your money, and you can do this by making a couple of smart decisions before playing. For example, when you have the option of playing American or European Roulette, go for the latter for the reduced house edge. Once you’re placing bets, you can moderate the volatility by sticking to the inside bets that cover more numbers, like the Six Line bet, and the outside bets that offer slightly bigger payouts, like the Dozen bets. The rest is up to luck.