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Play European Roulette; The House Edge is Close to Zero

For many centuries players have been fascinated by the spinning ball as it claps against the solid wood wheel before settling into one of 37 slots.  If you are more familiar with American Roulette than with European Roulette, you may now be saying to yourself: “38 slots”.  The European Roulette wheel has only 37 slots because it has only 0 and not also 00 as in the American version.

This single change cuts the house edge in half!  It’s no reason that European Roulette is so popular!

Created Especially for iPhone

European Roulette has been available on PC casinos for many years.  Now it is also one of the more popular iPhone casino games.  The rules of iPhone roulette are exactly the same as for PC casino roulette.  We will explain the rules carefully but first we’ll discuss some misgivings or doubts some iPhone owners have about playing iPhone roulette for real money.

The first question iPhone owners have is a general one referring to all iPhone casino games: will I enjoy playing casino games on my iPhone?  Many PC casinos have gone mobile.  This can only be effective if the quality of the interface is good enough to keep players excited about playing.  So an iPhone casino is one where the games were all created to play easily and attractively on an iPhone.

We used to hear players say that their fingers were too big to play casino games on mobile.  All iPhone casino games, including iPhone roulette, have been developed so that it is easy to swipe or tap the screen to play. 

Modern mobile graphics make the game face very clear, even on the relatively small iPhone screen.  The game developers really have gone the extra mile to produce user-friendly iPhone roulette.

Betting in Roulette

Now that we have helped you overcome any doubts you had about online roulette for iPhone, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of betting at roulette.

There are 17 different bets you can make in roulette.  This may sound complicated but it’s really quite simple.  The bets divide easily into pairs or groups.  To see how this is done let’s look at a European Roulette wheel.

By the way, European Roulette is actually a mistaken name.  The determining factor is the presence of only 0 and not 00.

Here is a typical European Roulette wheel:

The first set of bets is for the even money bets.  The odds are even except for the possibility that the ball will end up in the 0 slot.  This gives the house its edge.  These bets pay 1-1.  They are:

  • Red or Black
  • Odd or Even
  • First Half, shown on the table as 1-18; and second half, shown as 19-36

The second set of bets is for the three thirds of the wheel.  These bets are 1st 12, 2nd 12, and 3rd 12.  They pay 2-1.  Now, since the player has a 1-3 chance of winning, the payout ought to be 3-1 with the house winning on 0.  This is another way the house gets an edge.

Now, look carefully at the table.  There are three columns with 12 numbers in each column.  This differs from the previous set of bets which cover consecutive thirds.  These column bets pay 2-1.  You make this bet by placing your chip in the empty space at the end of the column.  This is an example of how the iPhone roulette game was developed; it’s very easy to make this and all the other bets upcoming!

  • A line bet is a bet on six numbers in a group as they are positioned on the table.  You place the bet above the line (not below it because that could be confused with a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd twelve numbers bet).
  • A corner bet is a bet on four numbers.  You place the bet on the corner between those four numbers.  A corner bet can also be made on the numbers 0-1-2-3.  For that bet you place the chip above the two lines as if it was a line bet.
  • A street bet is a bet on any three numbers in a vertical “street”.  You place the bet directly above the street.
  • A split bet is a bet on two numbers.  You place the bet on the line that separates the two numbers.
  • A straight up bet is a bet on a single number.  You place the bet directly on the number.

Hopefully, it’s clear that you can’t mix and match numbers in roulette.  Players are bound by the table with regard to number combinations.  Roulette fans say that there are plenty of bets to make so the limitations are not bothersome.

French Roulette

Sometimes even casinos get confused with the various names for different roulette versions.  There is a version of European Roulette that uses French rules.  At some casinos this version is simply called French Roulette.  The rules change is that in French Roulette you get a chance to get your money back if the number 0 comes up when you’ve made an even-money bet.

If you’ve made and lost an even-money bet and 0 comes up, the en prison rule sequesters your losing bet for one more spin.  If you lose again, you lose your money.  If the second spin wins, you get your bet back.  The effect is that you haven’t lost any money on your losing bet and haven’t won any money on your winning bet.

A variation is called la partage.  In this version, your losing even-money bet when 0 comes up is divided in half.

In both of these rules variations the house edge is reduced to about 1.35%.

Bottom Line on iPhone Roulette

European Roulette on iPhone is a smooth-playing game.  The game face is clear and iPhone technology makes it fun and easy to swipe and touch the screen for swift, enjoyable play.