French Roulette

Introduction to French Roulette

French, European, English, American or Mexican, roulette remains one of the public’s favourite casino games. That’s because it’s a game of chance which doesn’t require any strategy or tactics and it’s easy to master its rules. Whatever the version in question, the objective of the game is to guess in which pocket of the wheel the ball will stop. In French roulette the wheel has 37 pockets numbered from 0 to 36 but not in sequence. Every number except for zero is linked to the colour red or black. Besides the colour each number is linked together with two others (even money or a straight bet), odd or even and low numbers or high numbers. The only difficulty in the game of roulette is to remember the different types of bets and also the amounts of any eventual winnings.

Stages in a game of French roulette

For online players the question doesn’t arise but for players in classical casinos it needs to be noted that there is an unlimited number of players at a French roulette table and that it’s possible to play standing up. A game of French roulette follows a definite line: one of the dealers (of whom there are four) says the famous phrase “Place your bets” and each player places his bet depending on his inclination and his budget. Then the dealer turns the wheel and throws the ball in the opposite direction to the spinning wheel. At the same time he says “No more bets”. Generally one cannot place a bet after this announcement but certain indulgent dealers will still allow latecomers to place a bet. When the ball stops in one of the 37 pockets of the wheel, one of the dealers announces the winning number and the straight bets that go with it. The winning bets are then paid out. A winning bet can be used by its owner. He can take it and leave the table, leave it where it is to renew the bet or change its place.

Betting in French roulette

Players have several betting options in roulette. The easiest is to bet on a single number (0 to 36) which will produce the highest win in the case of a winning bet. One can also bet on a group of numbers. One can place a split bet on two numbers which will give high winnings. The street bet allows one to bet on three numbers in the same row. Combined bets on four and six numbers are also on offer.
Bets on other groups of numbers are also possible. So for the finals one bets on all the numbers which have the same endings. For example betting on 6, 16, 26, 36 or on 9, 19, 29. Certain players prefer to bet on a part of the wheel. For the “Neighbours of 0” bet, the bet concerns the number 0 and the 16 numbers around the 0 square. For the “One third of the wheel” bet one bets on the 12 numbers on one third of the wheel. The list of these bets isn’t exhaustive.

Winnings in French roulette

Logically winnings depend on the chips bet but also on the type of bet carried out. For example a player having bet on a single number wins 35 times the value of his bet while a winning bet on a column or a  dozen bet is only paid 0.5 times the bet. Between these two extremes let’s look at some winnings: one times the bet for straight bets, 2 times for bets on 12 numbers, 5 times on 6 numbers, 8 times on 4 numbers, 11 times on 3 numbers and 17 times for bets on 2 numbers.

Zero is a special number in French roulette because it doesn’t belong to any even- money. However, and this is what makes the difference between French and European roulette, bets placed on even money are not lost right away. In fact if zero comes up, players who bet on straight bets have two options: either they decide to recuperate half of their bets or they accept to put their bets in prison. In the latter case, they recuperate their bets if the same even-money comes up in the next turn.