Casino Roulette

The iconic casino table game of Roulette comes in three of distinct flavors – European, French and American. Each game type has subtle differences, however the general play is the same.

Key differences between European and American Roulette

  • European roulette: utilizes a roulette wheel with 37 pockets, numbered 0 to 36, with one zero.
  • French roulette: also utilizes a roulette wheel with 37 pockets, numbered 0 to 36, with one zero.
  • American Roulette: – Casinos manipulate the game’s house edge by adding one or two extra zeros – reducing the player’s odds of winning, and making sure that the casinos make more profit in the long run.

On roulette wheels with a single zero the house edge is 2.6%

The house edge on double zero roulette is 5.26%, while Triple zero roulette has a huge 7.69% house edge due to having 39 pockets – three zeroes and the numbers 1 to 36.

The phrase “the house always wins” is one that gamblers frequently utilize. In essence, it means that the casino will always win in the long-run, regardless of any one player’s performance at casino games. While not a 100% accurate statement, the casino does win the majority of the time. The goal of both new and established casinos is to turn as much profit as possible for shareholders – just like with any other business enterprise.

Las Vegas casinos continue to generate record-breaking revenues despite the effects of the global health pandemic. The state of Nevada collected an all-time record gambling revenue in 2021, with $13.4 billion in gambling revenue – and casino industry revenue reports in 2022 are trending upwards and in some cases breaking records. Nevada’s gambling operators resulted in the state’s 16th consecutive 1 billion dollar revenue month in June 2022. The house always wins!

There are games that provide players greater odds to win, and which have less or close to zero house edge – and seasoned gamblers and advantage players focus on these games to generate consistent profits.

What is House Edge in Roulette – and how is it calculated?

The house edge in roulette, to put it simply, is a the benefit the casino has over players when a wager is placed. The house edge in a certain game refers to the discrepancy between the chances of a particular event happening and the casino’s payout for winning wagers on that event. Although the house always wins in casino games, table games like roulette provide players a better chance of winning despite the fact that the game is entirely dependent on chance.

French Roulette House Edge Example

Despite the fact that the wheel has 37 potential winning combinations (zero, and 1 through 36), a player will still earn a 35 to 1 payment for a winning wager on a single number. Or rather the casino will give the player 35 units in addition to the winning wager if they win a bet of one unit.

The odds of winning a straight-up wager are 1/37 (1 chance in 37), yet the player receives less – just 36 units, and the difference of 1 unit (37 minus 36) is the house advantage or “edge”.

The following will happen if we multiply the house edge by the likelihood of winning and display the result as a percentage:

1.37 times 1/37 equals 0.0270270 x 100, or 2.7%


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