American Roulette

American roulette appeared in the 1800s after the game had been brought to the country by French and European settlers.

It was created after tight fisted American casino bosses felt that the original format of the game favoured the player too much. As a result, an extra zero, also known as the double zero, was added and the house edge of the game rose to 5.25%.

Highlights

  • American roulette was developed to give the casino more house edge
  • In spite of slightly poorer odds than European roulette, American roulette is still very popular in online casinos
  • Even online casinos that don’t allow American players offer American roulette
  • The fundamental difference between American and European roulette is the double zero
  • The American roulette wheel has a different number sequence, which leads to consecutive numbers being opposite each other
Playtech American Roulette Screenshot Betfair’s American Roulette table.

The game became extremely popular in riverboats along the Mississippi river and in New Orleans. However, the game was plagued by cheaters as the wheel was originally out of sight below the table. This was soon changed and the game of roulette has continued to be extremely popular in the US ever-since.

Online American roulette can be found in all online casinos even if they don’t accept US players (which most don’t). To be honest we’re not entirely sure why, seeing as it’s clearly less preferable to European roulette.

American Roulette Bets

American roulette rules are also very similar to the European format but obviously have the addition of the extra bet.

The layout of the table includes a grid made up of three horizontal boxes and twelve vertical. The first six types of bet are all made on the numbered space or on the lines between them and are called inside bets.

The last five are made by clicking on the boxes to the side and below the grid of numbers. These are called outside bets and have better chances of winning than most inside bets but include lower payouts.

Bet Payout
Zero and double zero 35-1
Single number 35-1
Two numbers (split) 17-1
Three numbers (street) 11-1
Four numbers (corner) 8-1
Six numbers 5-1
Column 2-1
First 12, second 12 or third 12 2-1
1-18 or 19-36 1-1
Red or black 1-1
Even or odd 1-1

While the zero and double zero bets technically count as a single number bet, we placed them in a different category here to highlight the fact that there is an extra bet on offer.

The Double Zero Bet

In almost every land based US casino you’ll find a game of American roulette. However you’ll be hard pushed to find much in the way of European roulette. Annoyingly, this is also the case in the UK.

Fortunately most online casinos offer both forms of roulette. The major difference between the two is obviously that there is an extra zero.

While this does increase the house edge, it also means that there is a definite pattern in the numbers on the wheel. Consecutive numbers appear opposite each other while successive pairs of numbers of the same colour total 37. Have a look next time you’re playing.