The American Roulette

The American Roulette

American roulette is among the table games, which sees the greatest popularity in casinos throughout the United States. The game tends to become more popular at casinos in the United Kingdom and Asia but is avoided by players in Europe, as they prefer the European version of roulette.

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As you must have already heard, the American roulette wheel has 38 divisions, where numbers from 1 to 36, 0 and 00 can be found. Numbers from 1 to 36 are alternately colored in black and red, while the single zero and the double zero are marked in green. The main objective of the player is to predict at which numbered pocket the roulette ball is going to settle into. To do this, all players place their bets on a particular number, after which the dealer rotates the roulette wheel in one direction and the roulette ball in the opposite direction. Once the ball settles into the pocket with that particular number, the respective players get paid. Roulette is primarily a game of luck and all 38 numbers are identically arranged on the wheel, thus, the ball has an equal probability to settle in any of the divisions.

The house edge of American roulette

The American double-zero roulette wheels have the basic house edge of 5.26%, which means in the long run players are expected to hold 94.74 units of every hundred wagered units. Whereas, the house edge on the European single-zero roulette is 2.70%, which leaves the players 97.30 units of all placed stakes.

Basic rules in American Roulette

In American Roulette, different chips are usually used in comparison with other table games at casinos. Firstly the player has to select the roulette at which he wants to play. Then, he needs to exchange either regular casino chips or cash with the dealer. Every player will receive chips of a different color, which is done to avoid confusion when payouts are made.


Once all players have received their chips, they can begin placing bets. These bets are usually made on the roulette table, where all the different betting options are visible. Players can either place a single bet or on a combination of bets. Next, the dealer will spin the roulette wheel. It is important to note that the bets can be placed, moderated and removed even after the wheel is spun, but not after the dealer cuts off betting by calling out ”no more bets”. Once the dealer call, the players are not allowed to change the bets they made.

Once the ball drops into one of the numbered pockets on the wheel, the dealer announces the winning number. After that, the dealer marks the number on the roulette table using a dolly (a marker) the players who won are then paid while the losing bets are swept off the table. Once the dealer makes payouts to the winners, bets for the next round of the game can be placed.


Due the additional zero in the American version of roulette, the European roulette has a better odds for the player than the American version. However if you’re someone who likes risk taking and probabilities then you will certainly the American roulette more than any other version