American versus European Roulette
Roulette is one of the famous gambling games played in casinos. The game was invented in 17th century in European France and was later shifted to other parts of the world. European Roulette is the original version of this game and is popular till date. The other version of the game is American Roulette, which originated in America. Earlier these two versions of Roulette were played in land-based casinos, but with the growing technology Roulette has become a well-known game on the web and is played in many online casinos. Although both American and European Roulette are played with equal excitement but there are some points that differentiate both the games.
American and European wheel
The major difference between American and European Roulette is in the wheel and table layout. European Roulette came into existence in 18th century by the Blanc brothers to attract more people towards this game. In European Roulette wheel there are 37 slots with a single zero. Roulette is a game of chance that means all the numbers have equal chances to come in the spin, which offers the players with health odds of 36:1. The payout at casinos in European Roulette is 35:1 with a house advantage of 2.7%.
In 18th century Roulette after its inception in France shifted to America where the birth of American Roulette took place. The wheel used at American Roulette is similar to European Roulette with the only difference that American Roulette wheel uses double zero ‘00’ making total of 38 slots. So an American Roulette wheel has numbers from 1 to 36, a single zero and a double zero. In American Roulette the odds are at 37:1 and the casino pays out at 35:1 keeping a house advantage of 5.6%. American Roulette is more profitable to the casinos than the players.
European Roulette has a special En Prison rule in which if the player is playing 1:1 bet and the ball stops on zero, then the player doesn’t loses his bet. Instead the wheel is spun again and if he wins this chance he gets his bet back. En Prison rule reduces the house edge to 1.35 offering the players with an option to win more. This rule can only be found in European Roulette.
American Roulette uses special colored betting chips for differentiating the bets, whereas European Roulette makes use of standard playing chips.