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 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 is the single zero (“0”) on the European Roulette wheel. The American wheel also has a double zero (“00”); these pockets are colored green to distinguish them from the 18 Red numbers and 18 Black numbers. Why the difference? The original wheels from France had the double zero, and they would soon find their way to the New World, but in 1843, a German casino came up with the single zero wheel as a way to attract customers. It spread like wildfire across the continent, and into Asia and Africa, too.
The single zero makes the European Roulette wheel (sometimes called the “French” wheel, ironically enough) 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
You won’t find these bets if you play using the sleek new European Roulette layout at Ignition Casino, but if you play 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 up 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. Try these call bets yourself for free using the Practice Play mode at Ignition Casino and see what you think. Best of luck at the tables.