Since the 18th century roulette has been a game that has captured the imaginations and hearts of players around the globe. With a simple spin and click, the sounds and sights that flash a possible life-changing win are the stuff of legend. Since the game travelled from France to Europe and back, a few notable modifications divide the American and European versions.
The American roulette wheel is the most notable difference. With a pocket for the 0 and also a 00, the American version has a higher house advantage at 5.26%. Another interesting difference is that the numbers on the American roulette wheel are placed in pairs opposite to each other while the European numbers are spaced randomly along the wheel. There are several rules in the European version also, for example the "La Partage" and "en prison" rules that are not typically played in the American game.
For that, the American version of roulette is very simple to understand. The wheel has pockets for black and red numbers 0-36 and the 00 is special to note. The betting table layout is quite straightforward and easy to place your bet on either an inside or outside bet.
Outside bets are very simple and as a result, payout less. These bets are the even or odd bets, black or red, dozens, columns, the 1-18 or 19-36 spaces on the layout. Inside bets are a bit more varied but not too complicated. You can choose a single number or a combination of numbers. Place your bet on the single number, or on a line between numbers that you choose.
American roulette is played in several countries around the world, but it is imperative that you are clear as to which variation of roulette you are playing and the special rules that are or are not allowed. This makes a huge difference in the house advantage and payouts.