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Melwin Gourgos Posted on 9:27 am

About American Roulette

In our online casino games blog we usually talk about roulette, but we almost always refer to European roulette, also known in our continent as French roulette. However, we can say that American roulette is the great unknown among the table games in our casino rooms.

Obviously, online casino customers should be happy about this, as the mathematical house edge in this game is double that of European roulette. 

American Roulette also on Mobile

We have seen in previous installments that American roulette and European roulette may look the same but they are not. In fact, they are extremely different and this is a fact that you should bear in mind when choosing which type of game to play.

While there is a single cylinder, a croupier and the objective is to match the number or chance, you will have a better chance of success in European roulette, simply because the house has less mathematical probability of success, making it one of the least advantageous online gambling games for the customer.

This is because this style of roulette has only one zero, giving the casino a smaller margin of winning chances, as opposed to American roulette, which has a double zero, adding one more possible outcome and therefore a larger statistical margin for the casino…

Just one more number, but the advantage changes significantly.

It is said that the house edge is limited to the number zero, since it does not belong to any of the so-called “simple” bets, i.e. with a 50 percent probability of success. This is how roulette works according to the laws of statistics… But things get complicated when there are two zeros. And it works in favour of the house.

American roulette tips on how to play

The American roulette wheel: the key to the house’s advantage over the European roulette wheel.

Neither slow nor lazy, American casinos, looking for more profitability, have added the aforementioned double zero to increase their advantage. This “innocent” little number changes things radically as you will see below.

  • House edge in European roulette (1 in 37) which is equivalent to 2.70%.
  • Advantage of the house in American roulette (2 in 38) which is equivalent to 5.26%.

At the same time, and as there is one more number on the cylinder, the layout of the numbers on the layout also changes. This means that those who are used to European roulette and want to play a sector must learn the new order of the numbers.

As a colourful detail, American roulette is slightly smaller than European roulette and the multiple bets are located on one side of the table only.

Why would anyone play a game with less chance of success? I really don’t know, but since there is no accounting for taste, here are some strategies or tricks that have been designed to beat the casinos.

Conclusions about American Roulette tricks

In this article, we have been able to see the big differences (even if they seem minimal) between American roulette and European roulette. That famous double zero, which generates almost double the profit for the house.

Although roulette is a game of chance, where only the goddess of fortune is in charge of separating winners from losers, many mathematicians and players claim to have the tricks to beat it. The best advice though is to play roulette for free at online casinos such as that have the option to play for play money or the “In Practice” option (see the image below where you can select these free tables).

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