Roulette is an easy game to understand and play. There is a caveat here; games that are easy to play usually yield lower returns. Roulette is no exception. This article will help you maximize your payouts when playing Roulette. Read more about best and worst Roulette bets and the best casinos in Europe to play Roulette.
What are Odds, Payouts and House Edge?
To start, it is important to get the terms right. The term Odds refers to the likelihood of winning on a specific bet. For example, the odds of winning a bet on any single number on the Roulette wheel is 1:37 (or 1:38, depending on the Roulette variant you are playing). This means there is one way of succeeding in this bet, and 37 ways of failing!
Keep in mind that the Odds are not the same as the actual amount of money the casino will pay you if you win. If you win on a single number bet, your Payout will be only 1:35, that is, 35 times your original bet. As you can see, the Payout is slightly less than the true Odds, which is how the casino achieves the House Edge.
House Edge is another term you should familiarize yourself with. The House Edge is simply the casino profit, expressed as a percentage of the player’s original bet. The simple rule is that the greater the house edge – the smaller the player’s expected return.
Roulette Odds, Payouts and House Edge per bet are summarized in the following table:
|Bet||Odds US Wheel||Odds EU Wheel||Payout||House Edge US Wheel||House Edge EU Wheel|
|Single Number||37 to 1||36 to 1||35 to 1||5.26%||2.7%|
|Two Number split||18 to 1||17.5 to 1||17 to 1||5.26%||2.7%|
|Three Number street||11.67 to 1||11.33 to 1||11 to 1||5.26%||2.7%|
|Four Number square||8.5 to 1||8.25 to 1||8 to 1||5.26%||2.7%|
|Five Numbers||6.6 to 1||NA||6 to 1||7.89%||NA|
|Six Number line||5.33 to 1||5.17 to 1||5 to 1||5.26%||2.7%|
|Column||2.17 to 1||2.08 to 1||2 to 1||5.26%||2.7%|
|Dozen||2.17 to 1||2.08 to 1||2 to 1||5.26%||2.7%|
|Even||1.05 to 1||1.01||1 to 1||5.26%||2.7%|
|Odd||1.05 to 1||1.01||1 to 1||5.26%||2.7%|
|Low (1-18)||1.05 to 1||1.01||1 to 1||5.26%||2.7%|
|High (19-36)||1.05 to 1||1.01||1 to 1||5.26%||2.7%|
|Red||1.05 to 1||1.01||1 to 1||5.26%||2.7%|
|Black||1.05 to 1||1.01||1 to 1||5.26%||2.7%|
Why European Roulette is Better Than American Roulette?
The two most popular Roulette variants are the European Roulette (Also known as English Roulette or French Roulette) and the American Roulette. The main difference between these two variants is that European Roulette wheels have one Zero slot, and American Roulette wheels have two Zero slots.
Traditional Roulette Rules dictate that all bets besides Zero loose when the spin outcome is Zero. This makes the second Zero on the American Roulette wheel significant. Its effect is to raise the House Edge from 2.70% in European Roulette, to 5.26% (almost double!), in American Roulette and reduce the player’s expected return accordingly.
The great majority of casinos with European Roulette tables offer [La Partage] and [En Prison] rules, which cut down the house edge in cases of a zero spin even further (from 2.70% to 1.35% for even money bets), and give you a chance for a greater returns. You can read more about these rules below.
Best and Worst Roulette Bets
One thing is absolutely clear. Next time you are in the casino, you should see if there is an open European, before you play American Roulette. Single Zero Roulette wheels are very common in European casinos and you can simply click on any of the 486 casinos in our Casino Directory to find out whether they offer European Roulette (or English/French Roulette). Similarly, if you prefer online gaming, there is no sense in playing American Roulette when there are many [online casinos offering European Roulette].
The best-case-scenario is if the casino has European Roulette tables with the En Prison rule. This rule applies to even-money bets only. When the spin outcome is Zero, players who bet on Even-Money have two options to choose from. They can either get back half their original bet, or leave the bet on the table for the next spin. If the next spin result is also Zero, in some casinos the player forfeits the bet, and in others, the bet remains on the table until a non-zero spin is played.
Slightly less favorable to the player is the La Partage rule. The La Partage Roulette rule is similar to the En Prison rule, only in this case the player has no option. When a zero turns up the player simply loses half the bet.
Best European Casinos to Play Roulette
Some of the leading European casinos offer tables where you can play the classic En Prison /La Partage or some variation of them. Casinos offering En Prison tables include the Casino Monte Carlo, Casino Hamburg, Casino Copenhagen. Casinos offering La Pertage tables include the Casino Wiesbaden in Germany, the UK Aspers Casino group, including Aspers Casino London, and Aspers Casino Newcastle.
Casino Wiesbaden, Switzerland, promises you a chance to win double to five time your original payout on inside bets with its worldwide-exclusive Roulette Super Number game. You place your bet as usual, and if the number you bet on is the winning number, you get the normal payout. But here is where it gets interesting. The casino randomly runs a “draw” of 5 numbers. Any single number on the layout can come up between 1-5 times in the draw, including your winning number. When this happens, your original payout will be multiplied by the number of time your winning number comes up in the draw. For example if you bet the maximum bet for single numbers at Casino Wiesbaden which is €1,000 and the spin result is the number you bet on, you win 1:35, or €35,000. If your winning number then comes up 5 times in the random draw, you payout will be multiplied by 5, and you stand to win €175,000 in a single strike! According to the casino’s publications, the Super Number game lowers the Roulette house edge in Casino Wiesbaden from the usual 2.70% to only 2.00%.
Some online casinos offer a relatively new kind or Roulette called No Zero Roulette. These casinos do-away with the Zero slot all-together. The result is a reduced House Edge and improved chances of winning for the player.
Finally, remember that there are no magic tricks that can help you win in Roulette. You can read more about this in our article on Roulette Betting Systems. Just keep in mind that you would be advised to save your money and wager it on bets that have even odds, such as Red/Black Even/Odd, etc. What you should watch out for and avoid at all costs is the Five-Numbers bet, where the house edge is considerably higher (7.89% on an American wheel).
For more information on how to play Roulette, read our How to Play Roulette article, or watch this nice Roulette tutorial video: