European roulette versus American roulette

Roulette is one of the most played games not only in Mexico, but worldwide. Thanks to technology, there are more and more users who can participate in one of the oldest casino games that exist.

Roulette is one of the easiest games to learn and this makes people feel free to play it because unlike poker, for example, where you have to know many rules, roulette is very easy to understand and very exciting.

You can visit almost any online casino and find the two most popular forms of roulette . One of them is called European roulette and the other is called American roulette. There is only a slight variation between the two games, but the difference has a profound impact on the amount of money you can win or lose.

The only difference between the two games is that European Roulette has a total of 37 numbered gaps where the ball can fall, while American Roulette has 38 games.

The additional place in American roulette is reserved for double zero. The additional point in American roulette may not seem like much, but it doubles the house edge in that game and this gives the casino itself twice the chance of the ball falling into a hole that belongs to them.


The house edge in roulette exists because of those gaps where the number zero appears. The reason for this is that all winning bets are paid out as if there were only 36 gaps. For example, a single number bet offers a payout of 35 to 1 (you would get your original bet back).

Also, even bets like red / black and even / odd lose if the ball falls into the zero gap. The chance of winning any bet is therefore slightly less than 50%. So again, the house is paying a little less than the odds of winning.

In this sense, we should point out that American roulette almost doubles the house edge, because it has two different holes with the number zero (0 and 00). All this results in each roulette having the following home advantage in all bets:

  • European Roulette: 2.7%
  • American roulette: 5.27%

In the long run, you can expect to lose $ 2.70 for every $ 100 you bet on a European roulette. That loss increases to $ 5.27 for every $ 100 you bet on an American roulette wheel.

The lesson to be learned from this is that we should always play a European roulette wheel when you have a chance to choose which one to play. Your money will last longer and you will experience less of a long-term home advantage. It is an easy decision to make. Play European roulette whenever you can.


There is actually a minor difference between these two variants of roulette. The American has an additional bet that you can place. It’s called a ‘basket bet’ and it allows you to bet on the group of numbers that includes 0, 00, 1, 2 and 3. The payout you’ll find in this bet is 6 to 1.

This is the only bet on American roulette that doesn’t have a 5.27% house edge, in fact, it has a 7.89% house edge. This makes it the worst bet in all of roulette.

If you are at an American roulette table, avoid this bet at all times because otherwise you will gradually lose money and that is not the goal of this type of game.

To conclude, we can confirm that the ‘basket bet’ does not exist in European roulette, since the number 00 does not exist.

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