European Roulette - Introduction
European Roulette is the most popular variation of the game. Much like it's cousin, American Roulette, European Roulette gained the majority preference as it gives the player slightly increased odds of winning - though the house still has the advantage, as in all casino games.
What gives European Roulette players the upper hand over American Roulette lies in the placement of zeros. European Roulette has only a single zero (0), where Americans added in a double-zero (00) to increase the house edge.
European Roulette - The Wheel
The European Roulette Wheel consists of 37 numbers, 0 through 36, 18 numbers are Red, 18 are Black, while the 0, back-dropped in green, is not counted as a colored number. Red and Black numbers alternate on a European Roulette wheel. The actual number placement appears to be random, but is in fact strategically placed around the wheel to alternate high and low numbers.
European Roulette - The Table Diagram
The European Roulette Table is where all of the action occurs. The diagram depicts all of the possible betting options. Players of European Roulette may place bets on a single number or groups of 2, 3, 4, 6, 12 or 18 numbers all at once. Of course, the higher amount of numbers in a group bet, the higher the odds become, therefore the lower the payout will be.
There are 3 rows of numbers going across the table, plus the 0 at the far left. Numbers followed by a "r" are red, "b" are black. Numbers in a column, such as 1-2-3 or 22-23-24 (as shown below) are called a Street. Bets made within the numbered diagram are called Inside Bets.
The 2:1 indicates a betting option that pays 2:1 by placing a wagering on an entire row of numbers, called a Row of 12 Bet. The Row of 12 bet falls into the next category - Outside Bets - shown below.
European Roulette - Inside Bets and Payouts
Inside Bets generally offer a higher payout, but have lower odds of winning. The following is a detailed list of all Inside Betting Options and how they are placed.
Single Number Pays 35:1 A bet made by placing chips on a single number, 0 through 36.
Two Numbers Pays 17:1 A bet made by placing chips on the line between two adjacent numbers.
Three Numbers Pays 11:1 A bet made by placing chips on the line of the corresponding Street.
Four Numbers Pays 8:1 A bet made by placing chips on the intersecting lines between 4 adjacent numbers.
Six Numbers Pays 5:1 A bet made by placing chips on the intersecting lines between 2 Streets.
European Roulette - Outside Bets and Payouts
Outside Bets offer lower Payouts, but offer the player better odds of winning the bet. The following is a detailed list of all Outside Bets and how they are placed.
Row of 12 Pays 2:1 A bet made by placing chips at the far end of a full row of numbers, in the 2:1 box.
Dozens Pays 2:1 A bet made by placing chips in the box labeled "1st 12" (1-12), "2nd 12" (13-24) or "3rd 12" (25-36).
Low Pays 1:1 A bet made by placing chips in the box labeled "1-18".
High Pays 1:1 A bet made by placing chips in the box labeled "19-36".
Odd Pays 1:1 A bet that any Odd number will hit, made by placing chips in the box labeled "Odd".
Even Pays 1:1 A bet that any Even number will hit (0 is neither Odd nor Even), made by placing chips in the box labeled "Even".
Black Pays 1:1 A bet that any Black number will hit, made by placing chips in the box labeled "Black".
Red Pays 1:1 A bet that any Red number will hit, made by placing chips in the box labeled "Red".