Roulette Variations: Your Complete Guide

Roulette is universally popular. Think of casino, whether it be in Las Vegas or via a casino app and it’ll be one of the first games you think of.

Because of its popularity globally, you’ll also find many variations as different casinos and countries out their own spin on the game. 

Many variations have found their way into online casino and mobile apps, so it is always good to know the differences between them all.

Below you’ll find some of the more common roulette variations and how they’re played…

European Roulette

One of the more common types of roulette is European, which offers a better house edge than its American counterpart. That’s because there’s only one ‘0’ on the wheel and then 1 to 36. 

The house edge is 2.63% and it’s among the more popular games to play online, with the betting structure and types of bets available the more traditional formats. 

American Roulette

American roulette is also found on most casino apps from William Hill Casino to the likes of 32Red and Betfred.

The house edge is much higher than the European version at 5.26% due to the fact it has a ‘00’ on top of a ‘0’.

Aside from that, bets are placed and the game is played in exactly the same manner as European roulette.

French Roulette

French roulette isn’t found as frequently as those already mentioned but it’s perfect for punters as it has a lower house edge than both.

It has just one ‘0’ like European roulette, but should the ball land on ‘0’ you’ll only have to pay half your stake to the dealer, if you placed your money on an even odds bet. 

The table is slightly different in layout but the bets are the same. The only other variation you’ll find is that if the ball lands on ‘0’ you can sometimes put your bet ‘in prison’ which means you keep your chips in the same position on the table. If the next spin sees you win, you receive your stake back. If it loses you lose all of your stake. 

Mini Roulette

Mini roulette is simply a smaller version of roulette with only 13 numbers compared to 37. This means that there’s one ‘0’ and six reds and six blacks. 

It’s not available at a huge number of mobile casinos but it does offer that little bit of fun in a game which is played in exactly the same manner as European roulette, just with less numbers. 

Multi Reel Roulette

Where mini roulette is a scaled down version, multi reel scales it up. It’s available with most online casinos these days, although doesn’t transition awfully well to mobile.

That’s because it involves playing multiple tables at a time, in many cases up to eight. 

It’s fast and furious and gives you the opportunity to make some real profits very quickly if you get your strategy right. It’s not a variation for the newcomer but once you’re comfortable playing one table, you can move on to two, three and many more.