European Roulette Guide for Beginners
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Roulette Playbook: European Roulette Guide for Beginners

Roulette is a simple game of chance that has established itself as one of the most popular casino games of all time. The thrill of watching the roulette wheel spin and trying to predict where the ball will land has made it a hit in casinos all over the world, and online at casinos like Genting.

There are thousands of online roulette games to choose from, and they can loosely be divided into three types: American roulette, European roulette and French roulette.

Each type of roulette has slightly different rules, and in this blog post we’re going to focus on European roulette – including types of bet, how to play and more.


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Article Summary:

European roulette is one of the most popular types of roulette, and it is the one you’re most likely to come across in the UK. In this article we’ll give you an overview of everything you need to know about it, including:

What Is European Roulette?

European roulette wheels have 37 pockets numbered 1 - 36 with one zero. The overall objective of the game is the same as other roulette games, as players try to predict which pocket the ball will land on. However, the wheel is laid out differently to American roulette and adjacent numbers are not opposite each other on the wheel.

Like in other roulette games, it’s possible to increase your chances of winning by betting on groups of numbers with similar characteristics - for example, odds or evens.

European Roulette Table


The Basic Rules of European Roulette

European roulette has 37 pockets, with the numbers 1 to 36 plus one 0. The aim of the game is to predict which number the ball will land on. Bets can be made on single numbers or groups of numbers, and different types of bets have different payouts. 

Once all bets have been made, the dealer will spin the wheel. If you’re a lucky winner, you will receive a payout.

The European Roulette Table

In most roulette games, you’ll see a roulette wheel and a ‘layout’, which is where bets are placed using chips. The layout is a representation of the bets available on the wheel, but you’ll notice that it is rectangular rather than round.

European Roulette Wheel

The European roulette wheel consists of 37 pockets in total: one ‘zero’ pocket and the rest numbered from 1 to 36.

Adjacent numbers are not opposite each other on the wheel, and although their order may seem random they are actually arranged according to a specific pattern. On the right side of the zero pocket you’ll see nine black numbers and nine red ones. The black numbers on this side are low, while the red ones are high.

European Roulette Layout

The ’layout’ is the area on the game screen where you place your bets. In physical casinos it is usually covered with green cloth, and many online roulette games replicate this look. The layout of European roulette is very similar to American roulette, except European roulette only has one ‘zero’ pocket whereas American roulette has two.

The layout is divided into two sections, which represent the two main types of bets in roulette. Inside bets are placed in the inner part of the layout, and each of the 37 numbers on the reel has its own pocket.

Outside bets are placed in the outside section of the layout, and it has specific areas for odd/even bets, red/black, high/low, column and dozen bets.

European Roulette Wheel Layout


Guide to European Roulette Bets

There are a few different types of bets you can place in European roulette games. They can be split into two categories: inside bets and outside bets.

Keep reading for a brief introduction to each bet type, plus some information on European roulette odds:

Inside Bets

Inside bets are those which are placed on specific numbers inside the area with the numbered boxes. They include bets like Straight Up, Split, and more.

  • Straight Up Bets

This is probably the simplest type of bet, and it’s when you bet on one specific number to win. The payout is 35 to 1.

  • Split Bets

A split bet is when you bet on two adjacent numbers on the layout, in the hopes that one of them will win. The payout is 17 to 1.

  • Street Bets

Street bets consist of a row of three numbers on the layout (for example, 13, 14, and 15). If you win, you’ll receive a payout of 11 to 1.

  • Corner Bets

This type of bet covers four numbers on the layout which share the same corner - effectively, a 2x2 square. The payout is 8 to 1.

  • Six Line Bets

This is similar to the Street Bet, but it covers two adjacent rows of numbers. The payout for this bet is 5 to 1.

Outside Bets

Outside bets cover wagers placed on the outside of the area with the numbered boxes on the table layout. Rather than betting on a specific number, outside bets are placed on a group of numbers - for example, red or black, odd or even, high or low, columns or dozens.

  • Dozen or Column Bets

A dozen bet is one that is placed on a group of 12 numbers - the first dozen is the numbers 1 - 12, the second is 13 - 24, and the third dozen is 25 - 36. This type of bet pays out 2 to 1. There are also three possible column bets, where you bet on an entire horizontal line. 

  • Odd or Even Bets

You can also decide to be on the ball landing in on an odd or an even number. The payout is 1 to 1.

  • Red or Black Bets

The payout is the same as above, but this time you’re trying to predict whether the ball will land on a red or a black.

  • Low or High Bets

There’s also an option to bet on low or high numbers. Low numbers are 1 - 18, and high numbers are 19 - 36. The payout is 1 to 1.

How to Play European Roulette

Playing European roulette is fairly straightforward. However, be sure to check the rules of the specific game you’re playing, as there are some variations.

  1. Choose a number or set of numbers you want to bet on. Inside bets offer lower odds but better payouts, whereas outside bets offer higher odds and smaller payouts.

  2. Decide how much money you want to bet.

  3. Place your bet on the number/numbers of your choice, using the layout.

  4. Wait for the live dealer (or the computer) to spin the wheel and reveal the winning number.

  5. If you’ve guessed the right number, you can collect your winnings.

  6. Place another bet and try again.

Top European Roulette Games to Play

There are hundreds of European roulette games to choose from, and it can be difficult to know where to start. We’ve narrowed down a few of our favourite live casino games below:

You can find all of these games and many more here at Genting Casino. Why not try a few and see which is your favourite?

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