American Roulette Rules

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American roulette is one of the most popular table games in American casinos. It also enjoys great popularity in Asian and UK casinos but is less popular with European players who tend to prefer European roulette.

The reason European roulette is preferred by most European players is that it offers a lower house edge and therefore offers better winning odds to players. The house edge is higher in American roulette because it is played using a double zero roulette wheel as opposed to a single zero roulette wheel that is used when playing European roulette.

Double Zero Roulette

Back in the 18th century French immigrants fleeing the French Revolution, brought with them to New Orleans, back then the gambling capital of the US, many games that were popular in Europe. They introduced to the Americans the games Craps, Baccarat, Blackjack and European roulette.

Sadly the US casino operators did not take too kindly to European roulette as they thought it was a game that was too advantageous for the player. They altered the game in several ways but after a few years of trying out different game variations they settled on the type of American roulette that is played today.

The American roulette wheel offers the numbers 1-through-36 and the numbers 0 and 00. The order of the numbered-slots on the roulette wheel is different than the order of European roulette, but other than that the games are the same.

The Objective of American Roulette

American roulette is a simple game with a single game objective to correctly guess which numbered-slot the ball will land on. Making correct guesses awards you a payout according to the type of bet you made (each bet has its own payout) and the amount you wagered.

American Roulette Table Limits

Every game at the casino has betting limits that dictate the maximum and minimum amount that can be wagered in a single round of play. When approaching an American roulette table look for a little sign at the side of the table that displays the table limits.

The Basic Rules of American Roulette

There are a few things you need to know before you start playing American roulette in a land-based casino:

American roulette uses different chips than other casino games. You need to exchange your cash or regular casino chips with the croupier at the table you are about to play at. Each player is given different color chips so that players’ bets are not confused.

After receiving your chips you can start playing by making bets. Bets are made on the roulette table that is marked with all the different betting options. Place your chips on the bet or combination of bets you wish to make.

The croupier will then spin the wheel. You can place, change or remove bets even after the croupier spun the wheel, until such time as the croupier calls “no more bets”. From this moment on you are not allowed to alter any bets already placed.

Once the roulette ball landed on a numbered-slot the croupier announces the winning number and marks it on the roulette table using a dolly (a type of marker). They then clear all losing bets and start paying the winners. As the croupier pays the winner you are allowed to start placing your bets for the next round of play.

American Roulette Bets

American roulette offers a variety of different bets, each with its own odds and type of payout. These bets are divided into two categories:

Inside Bets – Made on a specific number or a small group of adjacent numbers. These bets offer high payouts but a low probability of occurring.

Types of Inside Bets:

Bet name: Bet: Payout
Straight up bet On a single number 35:1
Split bet Two adjacent numbers 17:1
Street bet Three numbers on a line 11:1
Corner bet Four numbers with a joint corner 8:1
Basket bet 5 number bet on the first 5 numbers 5:1
Line bet Six numbers on two adjacent lines 5:1

Outside bets – Made on any of the 2-to-1 or 1-to-1 bets offered on the outside perimeter of the roulette table layout. The payouts are significantly lower than those offered for inside bets, but the probability of winning a bet is much higher.

Types of Outside Bets:

Bet name: Bet: Payout
Column Any of the 3 columns 2:1
Dozen Any of the 3 dozens 2:1
Red/Black Red or Black number 1:1
Even/Odd Even or Odd number 1:1
Low/High Low 18 or High 18 numbers 1:1

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