French Roulette is played on a roulette wheel with 37 numbers (0, 1-36). There is no double zero (00) in the game, which increases the players’ winning chances while the house edge is lowered from approx. 5.26% to approx. 2.70%. Online players usually place their bets themselves. In some online casinos like William Hill Casino – and most real casinos – though, the chips are placed by the dealer (croupier) after the player has announced a bet.
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When playing French roulette, the croupier asks the players to place their bets (Faites vos jeux) and just about every roulette table has betting limits that gamblers have to follow. Players call their bets and place the respective amount of chips within reach of the croupier who then announces the bets and places a marker on the numbers on the table. Find out more about the general roulette betting types and the respective betting limits in our roulette overview. As soon as the dealer says the words Rien ne va plus! (no more betting) he accepts no further bets. After the ball has dropped into one of the pockets, the dealer points his rateau at the winning number and announces it.
- Racetrack Roulette. In real casinos, you can find Racetrack Roulette on European and French, as well as on American Roulette tables, whereas most online casinos only offer it for the European and the French version. The Racetrack consists of numbers located next to each other on the roulette wheel and the player announces his neighbor bet.
- Voisins (Neighbors): here, players select a number and its neighbors (1, 2, 3 or 4), e.g. 8-2-2 means the player is betting on number 8 and the two neighbors to the left (30, 11) and the two neighbors to the right (23, 10).
- Voisins de Zero (Serie 0/2/3): Voisins de zero means neighbors of zero and includes the highest possible amount of neighbors of zero – almost half of the numbers -on the roulette wheel (22, 18, 29, 7, 28, 12, 35, 3, 26, 0, 32, 15, 19, 4, 21, 2, 25). The nine obligatory chips are placed as follows: two chips each on 0/2/3 and Carré 25/29; one chip each on Cheval (split bet) 4/7, 12/15, 18/21, 19/22 and 32/35.
- Jeu 0 (zéro game, zero spiel): four chips are placed on 0 and its six neigbors (12, 35, 3, 26, 32, 15): one chip each on Cheval (split) 0/3, 12/15 and 32/35 and one chip on Plein 26.
- Tiers du Cylindre (Serie 5/8): this small serie comprises 12 neighboring numbers: 27, 13, 36, 11, 30, 8, 23, 10, 5, 24, 16 and 33. Six single chips are placed on Cheval (split) 5/8, 10/11, 13/16, 23/24, 27/30 and 33/36.
- Orphelins (Orphans, Orph): orphelins covers the 8 remaining numbers that have not occurred in any other serie up until now: 1, 20, 14, 31, 9, 17, 34 and 6. Either you place one chip on each of the involved numbers (Orphelins à plein) or you place one chip on 1 and one á cheval on 6/9, 14/17, 17/20 and 31/34.
- Finales. Many online casinos provide bets on finales, which are based on the ending (final) number. e.g. Finales en Plein 0 covers all numbers ending with 0 (0/10/20/30) and Finales en Plein 2 covers 2, 12, 22 and 32. The winning payout is 35:1.
If the ball drops into the 0-pocket:
- bets on zero (including combination bets containing 0) win
- multiple bets loose
- single bets (rouge/noir, pair/impair, manqué/passé) remain on the table and the “en prison” rule applies. In this moment the stake belongs to nobody at all. If the bet wins on the next spin, the player wins; if it looses, the stake goes to the casino. If the ball lands on 0 again, the player has to win the next two spins in order to gain back his bet.
- Usually you can avoid en prison by making use of the “La Partage” rule (engl. the share, sharing) instead. Here a player looses half of his bet, while the other half is forfeited by the casino.
- Please note that online casinos tend to merely follow the La Partage rule while en prison is rarely applied.