Roulette Variants

Something that a lot of roulette players do not realize is that there are many different variations of the game with varying rules and bets. Many of the different variations are available for free on this website. The Internet has also facilitated the creation of several “new” types of roulette games. The following list will start with the more conventional games and then work through the Internet based games.

European Roulette

European Roulette From PlaytechThis is the most popular version of roulette on the Internet. It has 37 slots – 18 red, 18 black and 1 green which results in a house edge of 2.7%. If you walk into a casino anywhere in Europe, this is the game that will probably be available (although the rules for the 0 slot may vary from one casino to another). We have multiple versions of European Roulette available for free on this website. The most popular is the European Roulette Game from Playtech.

American Roulette

American Roulette From PlaytechAmerican Roulette is not very popular on the Internet because it has an extra slot – the 00 which increases the house edge to 5.26%. With the lower odds of European and French Roulette so easily accessible on the Internet, players tend to skip the American game. In land based casinos, it is a different story. The American game is found across the North American continent and it can also be found in several casinos in Europe, especially in the United Kingdom.

Ultimately, online casinos can’t get away with only offering the American version of the game because players would just go elsewhere for better odds. In land based casinos, casinos can get away with it because a lot of visitors to the casinos are more interested in hospitality, food, wine and so on rather than the odds of the roulette game. If you would like to play this game for free, take a look ate our American Roulette Game from Playtech.

French Roulette

Premium French RouletteNot a very common version of the game. Some online casinos will offer one or two versions of the game and some won’t offer it at all. In land based casinos, you may find this game in Europe (particularly in France) although most casinos prefer to offer either the European or American game.

French Roulette only has one green slot like the European version of the game but the layout of the table is slightly different. In land based casinos, the Call bets (Announce bets) are in French and sometimes need to be spoken out loud in French, hence why you would be hard pressed to find this game outside of France.

The rules for the 0 are also slightly different. On the Internet, the 0 pays back half of losing Outside bets when it hits, reducing the house edge to 1.35% for Outside bets, making French Roulette the most favourable roulette variant for the player. This is known as the La Partage rule.

In land based casinos, some casinos will offer the La Partage rule, others will offer a variation known as the En Prison rule. With this particular rule, when the 0 hits, Outside bets are marked by the Croupier as En Prison. Then on the following spin, the original bet is paid back to the player if it wins. If it losses, it is treated the same as any other loss and swept off the table. If you would like to try the French game, take a look at our Premium French Roulette Game from Playtech.

Live Roulette

Live Roulette

Live Roulette has grown in popularity over the past few years and is now offered by many online casinos. You play it the same way you would play any other online roulette game but you are playing with a real roulette wheel and Dealer, both of which can be seen via a web cam which is streamed to you in real time.

Unfortunately, this game is not available for free and can only be played for real money. Our recommendation for live roulette games would be Bet365 who have multiple tables to choose from and they employ their own staff and have their own equipment (many online casinos outsource).

Mini Roulette

Mini Roulette PlaytechThis is a game that’s exclusive to the Internet and was created by online casino software developers. We have two free Mini Roulette games on this website, One From Playtech and One From Net Entertainment. It is a smaller version of a European game with just 13 slots, 6 red, 6 black and 1 green. The payouts have been scaled down accordingly and it offers a change from the more conventional games. The downside to Mini Roulette is the house advantage which is a whopping 7.69%.

To try and soften the blow of that enormous house edge, some Mini Roulette games pay back half of losing bets when the 0 hits and that’s a rule that both of the games on this website have.