French Roulette: A Different Way to Play

Written by Chris Baxter
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Roulette is one of the most popular casino games in the world. Undeniably a timeless classic, Roulette has had several facelifts over the years, including a big move over to the world of online gaming. With the entire outcome hanging on the spin of the wheel, Roulette is truly a game of chance.

Playing Roulette, the modern way can give the best online casino experience for UK players – as well as offering a wide range of different options. What’s more, you’ll also find a wide range of different versions of Roulette when you play in person, so it’s a good idea for any player to stay clued up on their choices.

Read on to find out more, and perhaps discover a whole new way to play. From American, European to even the less common French variation, get ready a full Roulette education!


American Roulette often falls in the favour of the casino, with a higher house edge of around 5.26%. This is mostly because of second, double zero – sitting within the 38-pocket wheel. The numbers on this wheel alternate between red and black, as well as the two green pockets which contain both the single and double zero.

In all games of Roulette, there is a whole host of betting options. However, specific to American Roulette is the option to place a five-number bet, referred to as the basket. This has to be placed on zero, double zero, one, two, and three pockets – however bares a low chance of winning, with the house edge settling at 7.9%.


European Roulette is one of the most popular versions of the game and, unlike their American counterpart, actually favours the player with a lower house edge of 2.7%. Still consisting of a randomised number sequence, European Roulette numbers range from 1-36 red and black pockets, and just one green zero. The single zero is what allows this version of the game to boast a lower house edge.


French Roulette is the least common version of the game and uses the exact same wheel as the European version. However, it also certainly has its differences, consisting of the following additional rules:

La Partage

When the little white ball lands on the zero pocket, all even-money bets will be halved and returned to the players.

En Prison

When the little white ball lands on the zero pocket, all even-money bets will be “prisoned” which in turn, means the dealer will spin the wheel once more. If the bet is one, then the player will retrieve their original wager.

As you can imagine, these rules will usually be alternated or given as options, with both favouring the player. But having these extra betting rules and combinations, French Roulette is able to offer an even lower house edge of 1.35% - which perhaps explains why this gaming option is so rare to find, no matter where you play!

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