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American Roulette Vs. European Roulette

Online roulette is primarily classified into two types – American and European. Although they might look similar to the amateur players, apparently there are huge variations that make one different from the other. Every roulette player around the world suggests that you should always play European Roulette and avoid the American one entirely. But why is that? Experienced players call it common sense. But how can you see reason if you don’t even understand the difference between both the wheels?

American Roulette

American Roulette uses the roulette wheel has 38 pockets and numbers from 1 to 36, 0 and 00. As usual, alternately half the pockets are red coloured while the other half is black coloured. The numbers 0 and 00 are in green colour and situated opposite to each other. At first glance, the numbers appear to be placed randomly, but on a closer look, it is clear that the numbers exactly opposite each other are consecutive numbers. On an American Roulette wheel, the numbers are written in the following sequence: 0, 28, 9, 26, 30, 11, 7, 20, 32, 17, 5, 22, 34, 15, 3, 24, 36, 13, 1, 00, 27, 10, 25, 29, 12, 8, 19, 31, 18, 6, 21, 33, 16, 4, 23, 35, 14, 2.

european roulette

European Roulette

When the game of roulette was invented In the eighteenth century, the wheel had two zeroes. But after some time, the Germans created their version of the wheel which we know as the European Roulette Wheel. This wheel is more balanced than the American wheel. It has 37 pockets, numbers from 1 to 36 and a 0. As usual, the alternate pockets are compulsorily black and red while the 0 pocket is green. The European wheel has numbers in sequence 0, 32, 15, 19, 4, 21, 2, 25, 17, 34, 6, 27, 13, 36, 11, 30, 8, 23, 10, 5, 24, 16, 33, 1, 20, 14, 31, 9, 22, 18, 29, 7, 28, 12, 35, 3, 26. In the European wheel, the even and odd numbers are distributed evenly, and except for numbers 5 and 10, the high and low numbers are not placed consecutively.

American Roulette Vs. European Roulette

A new player would think how could that make such a big difference? But it does. The odds of winning in a European Roulette are 1 in 37 while those of winning in American are 1 in 38. Because of that one pocket, the advantage of the casino increases to 5.26% in an American Roulette which is just 2.7% in the European Roulette. So if you bet $1 in the European Roulette, you will lose 1 unit after 37 spins. While in an American Roulette you will lose two units. Thus, you lose almost double the money if you play American Roulette.

Roulette Verdict

Unless you are using detailed physics to predict the number and score a win, American Roulette has lesser chances of letting you win than the European Roulette. It is, of course, all a matter of personal choice. But logic and probability say that playing the European wheel is much better if you want to increase the likelihood of your winning at the roulette.


  1. Ashwin
    Ashwin April 12, 2018

    Why not call it Germany roulette then? Or Nazi Roulette!

  2. John Rose
    John Rose April 15, 2018

    There is a distinct advantage playing the european version.

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