The winner in this competition is European Roulette, which has half the house edge of the American counterparts, and, with a certain rule in effect, that (lower) edge can be cut in half yet again. But we are not without hope, for many of the online casinos offer the European version, although the ones with the wagering options printed in French may take some getting used to. And, there are some casinos in the U.S. which offer European Roulette, but these usually have very high bet minimums. One exception to this is the Monte Carlo casino in Las Vegas, which offers European Roulette with $10 minimums during non-peak periods.
The house advantage for American Roulette is 5.26%; for the European
version 2.70%, and if the latter has the En Prison rule, that edge
is reduced to a very respectable 1.35%. This rule allows you either to
surrender half your wager, or leave it there for the next spin. (Your
wager is in fact held captive)
European Roulette, with En Prison is very popular in Europe with
systems players, for its leisurely pace and low edge are very appealing.
The American version generally moves faster, which is another drawback
that compounds the penalty of the higher edge, for it compels players
to react faster, to the benefit of the house. But the American versions
are not beyond redemption; I just want to stress the importance of seeking
out the European version when circumstances allow.
Terminology of European roulette
French-style (European) Roulette, is the version played on many cruise ships, in most casinos in Europe, and in a small but growing number of gaming establishments in the United States. If you find yourself playing at one of these tables, expect to find French terms on the table layout and French words being spoken by the croupiers. French terms for roulette bets and other common expressions in this game are found below.
For german roulette players see website about roulette in deutsch: Roulette Super Spieler.com
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