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French Roulette is one of the top three most played versions of this classic casino table game. In fact, French Roulette is said to be the original format of roulette, so if you’re a sucker for traditional casino gameplay let’s delve deeper into the mechanics of a French Roulette game.
A French Roulette table layout is slightly different
One of the first things Kiwis will notice when loading up a game of French Roulette at Wildz Casino is the alternative table layout. Unlike European and American Roulette, the roulette wheel is positioned in the middle of a French Roulette betting table.
You’ll also have a good idea of whether you’re playing the French Roulette variant or not based on the wordings of the outside bet boxes. If they’re displayed in French, it’s a sure-fire sign that you’re playing this version:
- Odd/Even = Impair/Pair
- Low/High = Manque/Passe
- Red/Black = Rouge/Noir
- First Dozen = P12 (Premiere Douzaine)
- Second Dozen = M12 (Moyenne Douzaine)
- Third Dozen = D12 (Derniere Douzaine)
How to play French Roulette online?
New Zealanders can fire up a session of French Roulette right here at Wildz Casino. As a fully regulated and licensed casino by the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA), you can be always sure of fairness and transparency in all our games, including roulette.
Betting on French Roulette is like wagering on a European Roulette table. The Inside and Outside bets are the same. The Inside bet payouts start from 5:1 for a successful Line bet through to 35:1 for a successful Straight Up bet. The Outside bet payouts pay out 2:1 for successful Column and Douzaine (Dozen) bets and 1:1 for all other Outside bets.
The one benefit is the chance to get half your stake back if the ball lands on zero – known as La Partage.
Why play French Roulette instead of American Roulette?
There is one simple reason to play French Roulette over American Roulette – house edge. French Roulette carries a tiny 1.35% house edge, compared with the 5.26% house edge in American Roulette. This means the return to player (RTP) percentage is considerably higher for French Roulette over the long term. The RTP casino average is certainly something to bear in mind if you want to make your Kiwi dollars last as long as possible.
How does the French Roulette version compare to other game variants?
French Roulette is considered by many roulette purists as the original format of the game. Kiwis looking for an authentic roulette experience should certainly try French Roulette – regardless of the fact it also offers the lowest house edge!
There are several other roulette variants to choose from within our casino games library. Lightning Roulette can offer increased potential wins, Live Speed Roulette helps you play more spins per hour than a conventional table and Double Ball Roulette gives you two balls to bet on. Although these variants have their benefits, there’s nothing quite like the tradition of French Roulette.
Are there special bets?
There are five bet types unique to French Roulette tables:
- Voisins du Zero (Neighbors of zero) This bet covers all numbers from 22 to 25, with bets spread across corner, split and street bets.
- Le Tiers du Cylinde (Thirds of the wheel) This bet covers all numbers from 27 to 33, which are the numbers opposite zero, with bets spread across split bets covering all these numbers.
- Jue Zero (Game Zero) This bet covers the six numbers either side of the green zero, including zero, with a trio of split bets and a straight up bet on 26.
- Orphelins (Orphans) This covers the remaining eight bets that don’t feature in any of the above unique bets, with a quartet of split bets and a straight up bet on 1.
- Finales (Finales) This bet covers all numbers ending in a particular number e.g. 5, 15, 25 and 35.