A Comparison of American and European Roulette

Compare of the American & European Wheel
American & European Roulette Wheel

In theory, a company that is more expensive than the competition will eventually die out, because clients will naturally choose the others. The only way of surviving while being more expensive is to provide superior services or some sort of incentives that will appeal to customers. Quality sells and this is what many big players count on, because anyone who needs to justify higher costs with some benefits. The question is why does an American roulette still exist, when players know that it has worse odds than the European one?

Differences Between American and European Roulette

European Roulette & American Roulettes are casino games which are played by using a roulette wheel & a betting grid. The roulette wheel is turned in one direction by the croupier & he tosses a ball in the opposite direction & the participating players gamble on which of the little number dockets the ball will land on. But these two roulette games are different from one another on many counts.

Looking at the differences between American and European Roulette for instance the American roulette has a double zero (00) number added to the wheel in addition to the one zero & 36 numbers in black & red, while the European roulette wheel does not have any double zero on it. It only has a single zero on the on the wheel. So it basically means that the American roulette wheel has 38 pockets & the European roulette wheel has 37 pockets in total. The odds of winning the European roulette is, therefore better, since the probability of hitting a number is 1 out of 37 compared to 1 out of 38 in American roulette.

Another difference between the two is that in European roulette when a ball lands on zero the player loses half of his bet. This rule is absent in American roulette. Also regarding the chips the American roulette chips have different colors while the European roulette chips are of identical colors.

In the European roulette the wheel is located in the middle of the table while in American roulette the wheel is located at one side of the table. The thing that is not different in the two are the payouts & the wagers.

American roulette has a higher house edge

Online casinos are never going to forsake American roulette, for the simple fact that it gives them better edge over the players. The main and the only difference between American and European roulette is that the former has two green numbers, with the additional one being represented by the double zero. Whenever the ball lands on these two numbers, all bets are lost except for those made on the aforesaid numbers.

Due to the fact that there is one chance in 36 to have the ball landing on either zero or double zero, very few players are going to bet this way. In American roulette the house edge is of 5.26%, almost double to the European one where the house has an edge of 2.70%. The bottom line is that if you play a lot and wager a lot of money, there is no reason to diminish your chances by playing American roulette. In fact most of the online players have switched to the European version regardless of how much they bet.

Fans keep American roulette alive

Nobody likes losing but the very fact that players are entering brick and mortar casinos or deposit money in online ones proves the fact that they don’t mind being the underdogs. They hope that luck and the right strategy will help them offset the house edge and expect that eventually they will come on top. It is this kind of attitude that keeps casinos alive, and it also explains why American roulette is not yet extinct.

There are many American players who stay faithful to this version out of another reason that can only be interpreted as misunderstood patriotism. The fact that this version of roulette has an American in its title shouldn’t convince players to choose it over the European one. At the end of the day the only thing that matters is making money and it is enough that online casinos have their edge, there is no need to increase it. It is entirely up to the players to decide which their game of choice will be, but all of the facts suggest that European roulette is the most profitable one.