Many Roulette players consider French Roulette to be a variant of European Roulette as it has the same Roulette wheel and table, but offers two additional betting options. It is in fact the original Roulette game. French Roulette in its present form has been invented in the 18th Century in France and derives its name from the French term for little wheel. In the 19th century the game spread all over Europe and America and became one of the most popular casino games.
The Roulette wheel is placed in the middle with two identical betting tables on either side of it. At the present time this layout can be mainly found in Monte Carlo, while casinos everywhere else place one wheel and a betting table next to it.
For online casino players it is best recommended to play French Roulette because it offers better odds than American Roulette. While in American Roulette the house edge stands on 5.26% and in European Roulette the house advantage stands on 2.70%. French Roulette decreases the house edge on even money bets to 1.35% due to two special bets that are available to players. If you make even money bet on either red/black, odd/even or high/low bets and the Roulette Ball lands on 0 you have the option of two additional bets which will reduce the house advantage to only 1.35%:
La Partage – the casino will take half of your wager and the other half will be returned to you so your risk is minimized.
En Prison – you will be allowed to leave your chips on your original type of bet and the next spin of the Roulette wheel will determine whether you win or lose. That essentially gives you two spins for the price of one.
Our Roulette experts will always recommend that you play French Roulette where available and in case it is not available in your online casino then you will be wise to play European Roulette or American Roulette that offers the ‘Surrender’ bet option which is very similar to En Prison bet.