Roulette Games

Different variants of roulette

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For those that are new to the world of roulette, you may well think that roulette is just roulette, and that there are no real variations to it (why wouldn't you?). You just place your bets on the table, spin the wheel and hope that you get lucky.

However, if you have ever opened up an online casino or ventured into a live casino, you may well have notice that there are sometimes a number of different variants of roulette available.

So here's a quick summary of the most common roulette games that you may encounter both online and offline.

Traditional Variants

American Roulette

American Roulette

American roulette is almost exactly the same as the European version, except that it has an extra green 00 number at the top.

In spite of this, the layout of the table is generally the same for both games, with an extra number thrown in at the top for the American game.

But beware, the payouts for both the European and American roulette are the same, which means that the odds are not as favorable on the American roulette table.

See American vs European for details.

European Roulette

European Roulette

The European roulette table is easily distinguished by its single green 0 at the top of the table.

European roulette tables are very easy to use, and the betting grid is fairly self explanatory through its simple layout.

The presence of only one 0 number means that European roulette offers some of the best odds out of all of the roulette variants.

French Roulette

French Roulette

French roulette is essentially a redesign of the European roulette table. All of the same betting options are available with the same odds, but the appearance of the table has been changed for this particular version.

The numbers in this game go straight through the centre of the betting grid, with the red, black, even, odd bets and so on straddled either side. The bet names are also in French.

This game is primarily available for players who prefer this particular layout over the European roulette table layout, although it does almost always have the favorable La Partage or En Prison rules in effect, which halve the house edge for even-money bets down to 1.35%

Racetrack Roulette

Racetrack Roulette

This form of roulette is sometimes referred to as "Roulette Pro", "Roulette Gold" or something along those lines. Basically, there is an extra racetrack betting area above the main grid that allows you to bet on specific sections of the wheel.

The racetrack area is available on both the French and European table layouts, depending on which casino you are playing at.

The odds are the same as if you had placed each bet individually, however the racetrack area simply speeds up the betting for certain combinations of bets.

One of my favorite bets using the "racetrack" area is the neighbours bet, which allows you to bet on numbers that appear next to one another on the wheel. This means that you are quickly able to cover one area of the wheel, allowing you to focus on a region of the wheel where the ball will hopefully land.

Racetrack Betting Area

Other Variants

Mini Roulette

Mini Roulette

This form of roulette isn't common, and is more of a novelty than anything. But nonetheless, there are some online casinos that offer a scaled down version of roulette as an added bonus.

As you can guess, there are less numbers to choose from, with fewer betting options available. This game is more of a novelty, rather than a true variation of the game of roulette.

I would also not recommended that you play this game too often, as it gives a bigger edge to the house than other standard roulette variants.

More Variants

Here are some older pages that are out-of-date or about variants of roulette that are no longer online: