European roulette was first invented in France in the 18th century, and has gained widespread popularity as a classic casino game in the years since. The aura this game has, its air of mystique, combined with the opportunity for players to win massive amounts of money on each spin of the wheel has served to attract new players, and ensure they return, for hundreds of years. Thanks to the fact that it is now available 24 hours a day, anywhere at all, by means of the World Wide Web, it is continuing to delight players and pad their pockets today.
While there are many different versions of this game to be found in online and land-based casinos these days, thanks to its roots, European roulette remains the all-time favourite. This variation also offers rules that favour the player to far greater degree than any other, particularly the American alternative, and, even when the specific rules governing this version of the game are not in force, the fact that the wheel has only a single zero ensures that this fact stands.
The Basic Rules for European Roulette
European roulette is a game played with a wheel containing 37 pockets. These pockets are numbered one through 36, with the remaining wheel featuring a zero. On each spin of the roulette wheel, the croupier in charge of the game places a small ball on its outside rim, and then sets the wheel spinning. This has the ball travelling around the edge of the roulette wheel for a period of time before it falls into one of the pockets –the number of the pocket that the ball falls into is the winning one for that round.
The player’s object during European roulette games is to predict which number will be the winning one. Players have a variety of extra options when it comes to betting as well, and do not have to name the exact number: there are ranges of numbers that can be selected, as well as bets placed on the colours of the pockets, as these alternate between red and black, with the zero pocket covered in green. Players are able to place as many bets as they wish to per spin.
The Two Main Bets for European Roulette
There are two main kinds of wagers available for European roulette, the first being inside wagers. These are those that cover just one or a small amount of numbers, appearing on the inside part of the table layout as seen on a typical casino table. The second type, the outside bet, covers larger portions of the wheel’s numbers; pays out at far lower odds because of this; and are wagers made on the outside part of the table’s layout.
Inside bets include the straight, which covers one number; split, which covers two neighbouring numbers; the street, which covers a row of three numbers; corner, which covers a square made up of four numbers; and a six line, which covers two rows, and features six numbers in total.
Outside bets include the column, which covers a pillar of 12 numbers; dozen, which covers 12 consecutive numbers; odd/even, which covers the 18 numbers of each group; red/black, which covers all of the pockets which match the named colour; and one to 18/19 to 36, which covers all of the numbers in the given range.