Types of Roulette

It is believed (although disputed by some) that roulette has its roots based in France. After becoming popular in the croissant-loving nation, it spread throughout Europe before coming to the United States in the 1800s. When it landed in the States, the casino owners thought that the luck aspect was dangerous – they added in another ‘double zero’, placing the odds in their favour.

There are now three types of roulette that exist around the world:


The American version of roulette features multicoloured gambling chips, with each player having chips of a certain colour. These chips are usually bought directly from the dealer, and cannot be used at any other casino table. The chips can then be exchange directly for money or universal casino chips.

In the European version of roulette, standard universal chips are used in each game. The croupier will use a spade to remove the chips from the table, whereas in the American version the croupier will use their hand.


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In a European casino, roulette tables typically have two playing fields with a single wheel. Up to sixteen people can play at each table, and each table has three assistants: one to place the ball into the wheel, with a further two assistants to manage the playing fields. The fields usually have different betting limits, so do not just serve to allow more players at a single table.

An American table will usually feature just two assistants: the main dealer, who will control the wheel and bets, with an assistant to sort and distribute the chips. A typical American table can have up to six players.

A European casino will typically be classier than in other parts of the world. Here is a list of some excellent, trustworthy online casinos. An American casino will believe that you are rude to not tip your croupier – in France, a tip is often obligatory!

The advantage of the casino will vary depending on the country the game is played in. In a game of European roulette, the house advantage is 2.7%. In an American game, the advantage is typically 5.26%, unless a five number sequence (0-00-1-2-3) is played, where the advantage is increased to 7.9%.

There are certain rules that casinos follow in a roulette game: