European roulette is one of the most common variations of the game. The European roulette wheel consists of 37 numbered slots – the numbers 1 through 36 and a single zero. There are a total of ten bets that can be placed in a game of European roulette which includes five inside bets and five outside bets. The house edge for European roulette is 2. 7%, unless you play with the unique bets to European roulette – the en prison rule or la partage rule, in which case the house edge drops to 1. 35%.
American roulette is another popular variation of the game. The American roulette wheel consists of 38 numbered slots – the numbers 1 through 36 plus a single zero and a double zero. There are a total of eleven bets that can be placed in a game of American roulette – six inside bets and five outside bets. The house edge in American roulette is 5. 26%, although if you place the five number bet that is unique to American roulette, this pushes the house edge up to 7. 89%.
French roulette is similar to European roulette in its aim and the way it is played; however there are a number of unique features and bets in this variation. The French roulette wheel consists of 37 numbered slots – the numbers 1 through 36 and a single zero. The first difference is that the numbers on the table are completely red and the table in labeled in French. In addition, French roulette offers a number of unique bets known as announce bets and call bets.
Roulette royale is similar to European roulette in that it has 37 numbered slots – the numbers 1 through 36 plus a single zero. The main difference lies in the fact that roulette royale offers a progressive jackpot. When players place their bets on the numbers, they are also required to place a side bet to qualify them for the progressive jackpot. The progressive jackpot will pay out if the ball lands on the same number twice, three times, four times or five times in a row with the entire jackpot being awarded for five consecutive hits.
Less Common Variations of Roulette
There are other variations of roulette that exist, but that are less common including mini roulette, racetrack roulette, double action roulette, link bet games, multi ball roulette, triple bonus spin roulette and others.