Why Good Casinos Use the European Roulette Table

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Talk to an experienced roulette player and they will tell you that it always pays more when you play your roulette in a European roulette table. If you are wondering why then it is important for you to know how the European roulette wheel makes a difference to the winning probability compared to the American roulette wheel.

All the difference between a European roulette wheel and an American roulette wheel is due to one slot. Both the wheels have slots for 0 and the numbers 1 to 36 – thus 37 slots. But the American roulette wheel has a 38th slot that is for 00.

How does this make a difference? Let us see…

For the purpose of calculation we will assume that you have made a straight bet on any of the numbers on the roulette table, say 8. Before we proceed further it is worth mentioning that both the roulette games, American and European, have a payout ratio of 35:1 for straight bets.

Since there are 37 slots in the European roulette the probability of 8 being the winning number is 1/37 or 2.70%. In American roulette the probability of 8 being the winning number is 1/38 or 2.63%. The difference is all of 0.07% and it is hard to fathom how this can make such a huge difference. Since you are thinking from your point of view the difference seems minimal. Now think from the casino’s point of view – there are thousands of roulette players in a casino and this small difference becomes huge for the casino. Moreover, there can be so many other types of bets and everywhere the American table offers a lower probability of winning compared to the European table.

Then there is the house edge to consider – an American casino has a house edge of 5.26% in roulette compared to 2.70% in a European casino. This means that the payout is that less in an American casino compared to a European casino.

The American roulette wheel and table are used in casinos throughout the USA, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America. The European wheel and table are used in the rest of the world. If you are a resident of the USA then you have scant chance of finding a European table in your country. But if you are elsewhere you can find the European wheel in use. Take some time to find it because it is you who stands to gain more.

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