Table Layout Differences
Understanding the American Roulette table layout is especially easy when you compare it to the French Roulette table, as discussed below.
The main roulette table layouts for American Roulette and French Roulette are similar in nature, except the American version has one extra green number – the double zero. In the French version, you get an added table used for special bets. On the main table the primary difference is that bet names are in English vs French bet names.
American Roulette Table Layout
French Roulette Table Layout
Special Bets Table
The special bets table in French Roulette is simply a convenience factor. If you want to place bets on the same numbers in American Roulette you would need to individually select the numbers. In contrast, in French Roulette you simply click one of the four special bet buttons and the numbers will all be automatically placed for you. The payouts are the same, but the house edge is different.
These special bets give French Roulette players an easy avenue for creating added playing strategies by choosing various combination of the special bets. Once again, the same thing can be done in American Roulette, but much more difficult.
Advantageous Rules in French Roulette
The biggest difference between American and French Roulette has nothing to do with the table layout! The two added La Partage and En Prison rules in French Roulette reduces the house edge to 1.35% on even money bets. These are my favorite bets to place because they give me the best odds in all roulette games. Our posts “Bets Payouts and Layouts in French Roulette” and “Special Bets in French Roulette” explains the payouts, language, placement and the special even money bet rules.
House Edge Differences
The house edge has nothing to do with the layout of the game. But this should be of the most interest to players that want to win as much as possible, as explained below.
The green 00 number was added to the American Roulette game and increases the house edge to 5.26% on all bets. French Roulette has an 2.7% house edge on most bets. However, it also retains the La Partage and En Prison rules on even money bets giving them the lowest house edge in roulette of 1.35%.
The main tables may look different, but the bet payouts are the same. However, the added green number in American Roulette gives the house a higher edge than in French Roulette. That has nothing to do with the layout, it is all about the extra number.
Outside bets are located on the lower level of the table layout.
Even Money Bets
The most basic bet is to place a bet with the best chance of winning. The three even money bets are where players get the highest chance of winning. Pays 1:1, Probability 47.37%
Red/Black = Choose your bet by color
Even/Odd = Make a bet based on a mathematical condition
High/Low = Bet on half of the numbers with the highest numbers from 19 to 36 or the lowest numbers from 1 to 18
Two to One Bets
It is easy to place bets on one third of the numbers all at once by simply picking a column or dozens bets. Pays 2:1, Probability 31.6%
Dozen bet = Pick the first, second or third set of 12 numbers. Located on the second level above the even money bets and right below the each set of numbers
- First dozen = Bet on all of the numbers from 1 to 12, located right below the numbers
- Second dozen = Bet on all of the numbers from 13 to 24, located right below the numbers
- Third dozen = Bet on all of the numbers from 25 to 36, located right below the numbers
Column Bet = Twelve numbers in a horizontal line are called a column. Pick one of the three columns each containing twelve numbers. Located at the far right of each column.
- First column – contains the numbers Red 1, Black 4, Red 7, Black 10, Red 13, Black 16, Red 19, Black 22, Red 25, Black 28, Red 31, Black 34,
- Second column – contains the numbers Black 2, Red 5, Black 8, Red 11, Black 14, Red 17, Black 20, Red 23, Black 26, Red 29, Black 32, Red 35,
- Third column – contains the numbers Red 3, Black 6, Red 9, Black 12, Red 15, Black 18, Red 21, Black 24, Red 27, Black 30, Red 33, Black 36,
Inside bets have nothing to do with insider knowledge. They merely refer to their location on the game layout and are bets on of the 38 individual numbers from 0, 00 to 36! These inside bets give players numerous opportunities to develop and test individual betting strategies bets which gives roulette it’s particular brand of excitement and mystique different from all other card and table games.
Straight bet = Choose a single number by placing a bet in the center of any number from 0 to 36, Pays 35:1, Probability 2.60%
Split bet = Choose two numbers by placing a bet on the line between any two numbers, Pays 17:1, Probability 5.3%
Street bet = Choose three numbers in a row by placing a bet on the outside line of any row, Pays 11:1, Probability 7.9%
Trio = Bet on 0 and two connecting numbers with a bet on 0, 1 & 2 or a bet on 0, 2 & 3, Pays 11:1, Probability 7.9%
Corner bet – Square = Choose four numbers, by placing a bet on the intersection of any four numbers, Pays 8:1, Probability 10.5%
First Corner = Bet on 0, 1, 2 and 3, Pays 8:1, Probability 10.5%
Five Numbers – Probability 13.2%
Line bet = Choose six numbers by placing a bet the on the intersection of two adjacent rows , Pays 5:1, Probability 15.8%
These are the primary standard terms used in the game of roulette, whether it is American Roulette, European Roulette or French Roulette.
The main table layouts in American Roulette and French Roulette are very similar. American Roulette has an extra green 00 number, bet names are in English but the placement of the individual numbers are the same. French Roulette uses French names for the bets, places non-even money bets in different locations and includes an added special bets table layout.
The special bets table enables players to place numerous bets with a single click.
The higher house edge in American Roulette of 5.26% is due to the extra green number. French Roulette has a 2.7% house edge except for a 1.35% house edge on even money bets due to special La Partage and En Prison rules.