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European Roulette

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European Roulette is one of the most popular versions of online roulette available to play in New Zealand – and anywhere else in the world, in fact. Discover all there is to know about the European Roulette variant and how it differs to other versions, including American and French Roulette. Once you’re familiar with the rules, you’ll be able to get in on the action at our RNG-powered video roulette tables as well as our live casinoroulette tables managed by professional human dealers.

European Roulette rules

The rules of the game are simple, making it easier for Kiwis new to European Roulette to pick up and enjoy. You must first decide which number(s) you wish to bet on before the next spin of the roulette wheel. Chips are dragged and dropped on selected numbers. In RNG-based video roulette, you must hit the ‘Spin’ button when you’re ready. In live casino roulette, you must place your chips in place before the dealer calls ‘No More Bets’.

There are two types of bets you can place on a European Roulette table – inside bets and outside bets:

**Inside bets **

  • Straight Up Bet – betting on single numbers to win (35/1)
  • Split Bet – betting on two adjacent numbers to win (17/1)
  • Street Bet – betting on three numbers in the same row to win (11/1)
  • Corner Bet – betting on four adjoining numbers in a square to win (8/1)
  • Line Bet – betting on two adjoining rows containing three numbers each to win (5/1)

**Outside bets **

  • Low/High Bet – betting on the winning number being low (1-18) or high (19-36) (1/1)
  • Odd/Even Bet – betting on the winning number being an odd or even number (1/1)
  • Red/Black Bet – betting on the winning number being a red or black number (1/1)
  • Column Bet – betting on the winning number being in the first, second or third column (2/1)
  • Dozen Bet – betting on the winning number being in the first, second or third dozen (2/1)

How does a European Roulette wheel differ?

The biggest difference between a European Roulette wheel and an American Roulette wheel is that the former only has a single green 0 pocket. American Roulette wheels have a green 0 pocket and a green 00 pocket too. This increases the house edge across all types of American Roulette bets – more on that shortly. The European Roulette wheel has a 37-number sequence. The clockwise sequence is as follows:

0, 32, 15, 19, 4, 21, 2, 25, 17, 34, 6, 27, 13, 36, 11, 30, 8, 23, 10, 5, 24, 16, 33, 1, 20, 14, 31, 9, 22, 18, 29, 7, 28, 12, 35, 3, 26

The clockwise sequence is entirely different on the American Roulette wheel, which has a 38-number sequence in the following layout:

0, 28, 9, 26, 30, 11, 7, 20, 32, 17, 5, 22, 34, 15, 3, 24, 36, 13, 1, 00, 27, 10, 25, 29, 12, 8, 19, 31, 18, 6, 21, 33, 16, 4, 23, 35, 14, 2

Although the number sequencing differs, it’s only the lack of a green 00 pocket that enhances the probabilities of winning on the European Roulette wheel.

What’s the casino house edge of European Roulette vs American Roulette?

As European Roulette wheels only use a single green 0 pocket, the house edge is almost half the size of an American Roulette table. It is just 2.70%, while the addition of a green 00 pocket, as well as a green 0 pocket in American Roulette, takes the house edge up to 5.26% at any online casino.

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