European Roulette Rules

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European roulette is a popular casino game that at a first glance may appear as a very complicated game to learn. After all it uses so many different features. There is the roulette table with different markings on it, the roulette wheel and the roulette ball.

It is no wonder then that some people get intimidated when they witness the excitement that surrounds a game of European roulette as the fear of the unknown is actually greater than the reality of how complex the game really is. Often people are surprised to find out just how easy it is to learn and play European roulette.

The Basics of European Roulette

When playing European roulette in a land casino or live-dealer European roulette in an online casino there would be up to 8 players, all playing against the casino. Each player gets different colored chips so their bets are not confused with other players’ bets.

The croupier (sometimes called the dealer) handles the game and is responsible for spinning the wheel, dropping the ball on the wheel, announcing the winning number and paying the winners. The croupier is also the one who dictates when players are not allowed to make any more bets.

When playing European roulette in online casinos on a software-run European roulette game there are no other players at the table. You are playing against the software that is governed by a Random Numbers Generator that guarantees the game is random and fair.

The Objective of European Roulette

When you play European roulette you only have one objective and that is to correctly predict on which of the numbered slots on the roulette wheel the roulette ball will land. Guessing correctly will make you a winner and award you a payout for the winning bet you made.

Types of European Roulette Bets

There are two types of European roulette bets; inside bets and outside bets. The inside bets offer very high payouts but a lower chance of occurring, while the outside bets offer much lower payouts but the odds of winning these bets are much higher.

Basic European roulette strategy advises to stick to outside bets and avoid making inside bets in spite of their highly tempting payouts.

European Roulette Inside Bets

French name: English name: Bet: Payout
En plein Straight up bet On a single number 35:1
Cheval Split bet Two adjacent numbers 17:1
Transversale Street bet Three numbers on a line 11:1
Carre Corner bet Four numbers with a joint corner 8:1
Sixainne Line bet Six numbers on two adjacent lines 5:1

European Roulette Outside Bets

French name: English name: Bet: Payout
Colonne Column Any of the 3 columns 2:1
Douzaine Dozen Any of the 3 dozens 2:1
Rouge / Noir Red/Black Red or Black number 1:1
Pair / Impair Even/Odd Even or Odd number 1:1
Manque / Passe Low/High Low 18 or High 18 numbers 1:1

European Roulette Table Limits

Every gambling game at the casino has betting limits. Table games always display the betting limit on a small sign at the side of the table. Be sure to check the table limits before you start to play. Make sure you are not making bets that are too low or high for the roulette table you selected because if you make a mistake the croupier will call you on it and you will need to change your bet.

European Roulette Etiquette

European roulette is a classy game and players are expected to maintain a code of etiquette around the roulette table. Make sure to never argue with the croupier and always listen to their instructions. Also respect other players around the table and make your bets during the appropriate time frame so you do not cause delays.

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