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A lot of the time, the discussions about different roulette variants focus on the European and American versions. One that often gets overlooked in French roulette, a distinct game that shares some characteristics of its European cousin but with a few rule differences that make it a favourite among casino players.
But what is French roulette and what sets it apart? Here’s everything you need to know.
A French roulette table layout is slightly different
The difference between European and American roulette is that they have different numbers of pockets on the wheel. French roulette, on the other hand, uses the same wheel as the European variant with just a single zero pocket.
Instead, it is the table where players can place their bets that’s different. The bet types are exactly the same, but the layout has been changed. It’s only a minor change, so if you’re used to playing other variants, it won’t take long for you to get up to speed.
How to play French roulette online?
Here at Wildz Casino, we believe variety is the spice of life. That’s why we have a huge selection of different roulette games for you to choose from, including European, American, and French variants, as well as exciting live casino options like Roulette Azure, Gold Bar Roulette, Instant Roulette, and Double Ball Roulette.
If you want to try your hand at French roulette, then here’s what you need to do.
- Sign up to Wildz Casino (if you haven’t already)
- Log in to your account
- Head to the Games section
- Browse our huge catalog of table games or search for it using the search box
- Click or tap on the one you want to play
That’s it, you’ll be presented with the game’s screen and you can start placing bets on the game.
In all variants of the game, including French roulette, you’ll be told when to place your bets while the wheel is spinning. When it comes to a rest, the dealer will announce the winner and pay out to the players that made those winning bets.
Why play French roulette instead of American roulette?
Most players want to play high RTP casino games, and understandably so. RTP is a theoretical measurement of how much of your bankroll will be returned to you, on average, over a very long time. It’s not a guarantee since some players win more and some win less, but it’s the best of comparing games.
When talking about table games like roulette, we don’t use RTP. Instead, we refer to the house edge which is a measure of how much of player bets the casino keeps over a very long time of playing. So while you want to maximize RTP, you want to minimize the house edge.
Each roulette variant has a slightly different house edge. Generally, players prefer European roulette over American roulette because it has one less pocket on the wheel, so the house edge is smaller.
American roulette has a house edge of 5.26% (effectively an RTP of 94.74%), while European roulette’s house edge is 2.7%.
French roulette’s house edge varies depending on the types of bet you’re placing. For non-even money bets, it is identical to the European game at 2.7%, but on even-money wagers (eg. red or black) it falls to just 1.35%.
It is, therefore, easy to see why French roulette is so popular with casino players.
How does the French Roulette version compare to other game variants?
French roulette is one of the most popular casino games available here at Wildz Casino because it has such a low house edge compared to other roulette variants. This is achieved through one extra rule, while pretty much everything else remains the same.
The French roulette wheel is the same as the European game and, as we’ve discussed, the table is laid out slightly differently. However, the main difference are two special rules:
En Prison - If the ball lands in the 0 pocket and you have placed an even-money bet, your stake will remain on the table for another spin, giving you another chance to win.
La Partage - This also applies when making an even-money bet and the ball lands on 0. When La Partage is available, the dealer will split your bet, return one half to you and keep the other for the house.
Are there special bets?
Most of the bets are same in French roulette, though there are some unique ones:
- Neighbors of zero (Voisins du Zéro) - The numbers between 22 and 25
- Thirds of the wheel (Le Tiers du Cylindre) - The numbers between 27 and 33
- Zero game (Jeu Zéro) – The 0 pocket plus the six numbers either side of it.
- Orphans (Orphelins) - The eight numbers not included in the two previous bets
- Finales - Betting on all the numbers that end with a particular digit (eg. 5, 15, 25, 35)