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What are the Various Roulette Types?

When you enter a casino, you will find that there are various Roulette types that are being offered to you. There are slight differences in these games, but these differences have a massive bearing on the house edge of the game. From the player's perspective, it would be best to pick a variation which has the smallest house edge, as it will increase your chances of winning. Thus, you have to be aware of the various types of roulette games as well as their house edge before you pick to play this game.

Roulette is one of the most played casino games. It was born somewhere in the 18th century, but there are not as many types of this game as other casino games. These days, there are 2 main variations of roulette. They are European and American.

Two Main Variations of Roulette

The biggest difference that you will notice is going to be the zeros on the wheel. The European version has only one zero, and the American one has a double zero. This changes the house edge to the favor of the player in European Roulette.

Another huge difference between the 2 versions is the pockets which are also referred to as slots that are located within the wheel. There are a total of 37 pockets on the European wheel and one additional pocket on the American one.

According to French as well as European roulette rules, you can wager on 37 numbers: from 0 to 36, while in the American version you can bet on 38 numbers: from 0 to 36, and 00. Because of this additional double-zero, the house edge increases almost two times. American roulette offers a couple of additional wagers. The first one is Five bet which covers these numbers: 0, 00, 1, 2 and 3 and the payout is 6:1. The second one is Zero split which covers 0 and 00, and the payout is 19:1. The rest of the payouts are similar for both variations of the game.

Modern Roulette Variations

Newer casinos, especially online ones, offer you new variations of roulette with additional features like the ones below.

Multi-ball Roulette

 You Have a Possibility to Roll up to 3 Balls on the Wheel

This is similar to the European version, but there are some exceptions. You have a possibility to roll up to 3 balls on the wheel, thus getting 3 winning results. The balls are launched on the wheel via a special remote control mechanism, operated by the players.To prevent the balls from colliding, compressed air is used to shoot them out of a tube almost simultaneously.

If you want to play with more than 1 ball, your wager is divided into two or three equal shares, depending on the number of balls that are being used. There are other extra bets, but it depends on the casino in which you choose to play at.


No Zero Roulette

This is a great innovation in the casino industry. No Zero Roulette excludes the house edge. There are no Zero slots on the wheel. There are a total of 36 numbers to wager on, and there is no huge risk to lose in contrast to any other game.

Mini Roulette

This is a roulette variation to simplify the betting process. The game has the exact same rules as in the European version. The largest difference is the number of pockets on the wheel. The Mini Roulette wheel has only 12 numbered pockets you can put wagers on. The payouts are also different from European roulette. You can make these wagers: Straight bet, black/red, odd/even, combination and row wagers.

Bonus Roulette

This is a modified online version of the American game. It has an extra incentive for playing American Roulette, and it is played in the same way, on a wheel with double zero. Thus, if you spin 5 reds in a row, you would be awarded a particular bonus. The promotional amount is usually a match of the smallest wagers you have placed during the last five spins. Thus, the house edge is about 3.7%, which is significantly low for American Roulette.

Progressive Roulette

Most of the Microgaming casinos online offer a progressive roulette game called Roulette Royale.

Each Player Has Chips of a Specific Color

The operators do everything they can to attract more players, and they do their best to invent roulette games without a house edge. However, this game is still one of the most unpredictable games that depend on luck.

Every type of Roulette is played with multicolored chips, and each player has chips of a specific color that makes the procedure of making wagers a lot easier. Usually every chip has the same denomination, so various colors just simplify the process for the croupier, or in other words, it shows him/her which wagers belong to which players on the table. The chips are typically bought from a dealer on a particular Roulette table and cannot be used in other games. After you have finished the game, your chips are exchanged either for real money or traditional chips, that could be exchanged at cashier’s desk. In European casinos, you will be able to find roulette tables with two playing fields and a wheel in the center. It is quite often that these 2 fields have got various limits of wagers.


These are the best variations of roulette that you are able to find online. You should make sure that you choose the version based on your preferences. While thrill is a factor, another crucial one is to consider the game’s house edge.