European Roulette

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European Roulette is a popular variant of the game of roulette, distinct primarily for its wheel layout and some specific rules. The key features of European Roulette include:

  1. Wheel Layout: The European Roulette wheel has 37 pockets – numbers 1 to 36, colored alternately in red and black, and a single 0, which is green. This is in contrast to the American Roulette wheel, which has an additional double zero (00) pocket.
  2. House Edge: Due to the presence of only one zero pocket, the house edge in European Roulette is lower compared to American Roulette. The house edge in European Roulette is about 2.7%, whereas it’s about 5.26% in American Roulette. This makes European Roulette a more favorable option for players in terms of odds.
  3. Special Rules: European Roulette often features two key rules that can further reduce the house edge on certain bets: ‘La Partage’ and ‘En Prison’. Both these rules come into play when the ball lands on zero and are applicable to even-money bets. ‘La Partage’ allows the player to recover half of their bet, while ‘En Prison’ allows the bet to remain (or be ‘imprisoned’) for the next spin.

European Roulette is favored by many players due to its more player-friendly odds compared to other versions, particularly American Roulette. It is a staple in many casinos around the world and is also widely available on online gambling platforms.