For many players, French Roulette is what they turn to when they want a version of the classic online game that they can really sink their teeth into. The variant has the same attractive house edge as the European style, additional betting options, and a rule that can work in your favour.
Although Roulette developed from a perpetual motion experiment by Blaise Pascal in 17th century France, the French variant that we know today was created later. It probably developed at one of the casinos operated by Francois Blanc in Germany or Monaco in the mid-1800s. Almost two centuries later, French Roulette is as fresh and exciting as when it was first offered. Let’s find out more.
Elements Of The French Version
There are a few elements in the French variation’s rules that you can expect to find in almost every software provider’s versions online. For starters, the wheel has one green 0 pocket, with the other pockets coloured red or black and numbered from 1 to 36.
The single 0 gives the game a house edge of 2.7%. The house edge reduces to 1.35% if you place even-money bets in a French Roulette game that includes the La Partage rule (more about that in a moment). If you take a look at the table or at the betting grids, you will see that the variant offers the standard outside and inside bets, and it has zero or call bets.
The La Partage rule is unique to online roulette’s French variation. It applies to even-money bets, which are the game’s outside bets. If you place one of those bets and it loses because the ball landed in zero, half your bet is returned to you.
Roulette Bets Explained
The main betting grid on the French Roulette table features outside bets on the outer edge, and inside bets on the inner side. Outside bets include red/black, odd/even, first 18, second 18, columns 1, 2, and 3, and dozens 1, 2, and 3.
The inside bets include the numbers found in the wheel pockets, i.e. 1 to 36. You can bet on single numbers, or you can place bets that cover several different options. A separate grid features the call or zero bets. Most of them, namely Voisins du zero, Tiers du cylindre, Jeu zero, and Les orphelins, covers different sections of the wheel. Les finales covers numbers that end with the same last digit, or splits and straight up numbers.
How To Play The Game
To play French Roulette online, you guess which of the pockets will become the landing spot of the ball that is dropped into the wheel after it starts spinning. The software or the dealer running the game will spin the wheel as soon as your bet’s in.
The winning result will be announced as soon as the wheel stops spinning and the ball stops bouncing from pocket to pocket. As with other versions, you can use different betting systems when playing French Roulette at a reputable online casino.