The Difference

What is the difference between American and European Roulette?

It all boils down to the wheels. The elegant style of the Roulette wheel is instantly recognizable no matter whether the European Roulette wheel or the American Roulette wheel. While both games are very similar, the major difference is that the European wheel features 37 slots numbered 0-36 with a house edge of 2.63%. The American wheel has an extra slot added making it 38 slots compartments numbered 00-36. The house edge is increased to 5.36% in American Roulette. Since both games pay 35:1 for a bet on a particular number, the house advantage is much higher for a casino that uses American Roulette wheel. European Roullete Table

Originally, all Roulette wheels in both Europe and America had the double-zero slots. As Roulette became more popular in Europe, French gambling entrepreneurs Louis and Francois Blanc introduced the single-zero wheel to become more popular amongst the wealthy gambling aristocrats. The Blanc’s wheel became known as the French wheel and as it became more popular around Europe, it’s name evolved to the European wheel. Now, European Roulette is still extremely popular mostly at higher limit tables because of its low house edge.