Roulet à la française, or French Roulette, is basically European Roulette featuring a unique table layout and is most commonly found in Monte Carlo casinos. It features 37 numbered pots instead of the American 38 - the difference being that American Roulette has the extra 00 pot which adds significantly to the house edge.
How to play French Roulette
In roulette you have a wealth of betting options at your disposal. As is to be expected, the payout amount is inversely proportional to the probability of winning. You may bet anywhere between $1 and $500 on any combination of the following types of bets:
- Bet on a colour, i.e. red or black: this gives you a slightly less than 50% chance of doubling the amount you bet.
- Bet on all odds or evens: once again, this affords you a marginally lower than 50-50 possibility of doubling the amount put down.
- Bet on either the first half of the numbers, 1-18 or the second half, 19-36. Again, you have a slightly less than 1 in 2 chance to double the amount bet.
- Bet on either the first dozen, second dozen, or third dozen: betting this gives you a slightly less than one-in-three chance of tripling the bet amount.
- Bet on a "column": again, you have nearly a 33% chance of earning three times your bet.
- Bet on a three line (street), corner (square), or split: by putting a bet on the border between individual number boxes, you can cover two, three, or four particular numbers.
- Bet straight up on a number: this affords you a less than a 3% chance to earn 35 times what you put down a single number.
Having a tough time keeping track of all this? No need to worry - the lit panels and the payout table make it very easy to keep track of your bets. The house edge of 2.7% comes in the form of the single 0, which can only be bet upon straight-up and does not fall into any of the other aforementioned betting types. However it is a far better proposition than the 5.26% house edge held by a game of American Roulette.
All things considered, French Roulette is not so different from other variations of the game. Chances are that you will be a fan of this take on roulette if you play or enjoy the classic version.