A Guide To Playing American Roulette

 Online Roulette Guide

American roulette is commonly found at all good online casinos and remains one of the most popular games played, even at land-based gambling joints. The game has simple rules, and for some bets pays ridiculously high amounts of money.

If you want to learn about American roulette, we break down all the essential information you need to know before hitting the tables. We'll cover all of the odds for every bet, list advantages and disadvantages of the game, look back at the game's rich history, and also list some of the differences between American roulette and other varieties of the game.

At a Glance:

  • American roulette is the most popular game played at online casinos.
  • There are some juicy odds in the American version of the game.
  • Know the advantages and disadvantages of the game before playing.
  • The game of roulette has a rich history dating back many years.
  • Learn the house edge of American roulette before you deposit.

Rules and Odds of American Roulette

All American roulette wheels consist of 38 numbers, ranging from 1 to 36, with a zero and double zero accounting for the last two numbers. Betting consists of every individual number, combination of numbers, or "outside" bets. Players are allowed a period of time to place their bets and once completed, the dealer spins the ball into the rotating wheel, which will land on one of the numbered spots.

All bets in American roulette have a house edge of 5.26% except for the combination bet of 0-00-1-2-3 which has a 7.89% house edge. Payouts are straightforward when a player wins one of their bets. Wagers referred to as "outside" bets pay 1:1, such as winning on a Red/Black, Odd/Even, or 1-18/19-36 bet. Players win 2:1 on their money if they are successful when wagering on 1-12/13-24/25-36 bets. Playing the Six Line (6 numbers) pays 5:1, playing the First Five (5 numbers) pays 6:1, playing the Corner (4 numbers) pays 8:1, and playing a street (3 numbers) pays 11:1. The biggest payouts are for a Split bet (playing two numbers) which gives out 17:1 on your money, and playing any one single number, which pays out 35:1 on a 2.63% probability to win.

Advantages to American Roulette

This version of the game is the most common found at both web and land-based casinos. American roulette is incredibly easy to learn and all Canada gamblers enjoy the slow-paced, big money potential the net game offers. It even offers players the chance to try out one of the popular betting systems. It may not guarantee anything, but if that is your thing you can try it out.

American roulette does offer one of the bigger thrills possible at a casino, as it is rare to be able to win 35:1 on your money. For example, if you bet $15 on the number 24 and it hits, you would win $540. Another major advantage to the game is that it is one of the few online casino games that can be played with a live dealer, spinning a wheel from a real-life land-based casino, conveying the action to you via a webcam stream. This marries the best of both worlds as players can enjoy the camaraderie and interactive experience a live dealer can offer, all from the convenience of their own home.

"Named after the country of excess, American roulette is popular at Canadian online casinos, but the version comes with inferior odds than its Euro counterpart."

Disadvantages of American Roulette

A lot of Canuck action junkies will avoid roulette because the game can be slow and there's little mathematical strategy to the game, unlike poker or blackjack. Also, because the odds are so good for certain bets, many online casinos exempt roulette altogether from counting towards unlocking a welcome bonus. Players should check their favourite Internet casinos to see which terms apply to roulette games.

A Brief History of the Game

Roulette originated in 18th Century France, but swept across the Atlantic in the 19th Century to become a firm favourite in North America. Now, every country that offers gambling sports roulette as it remains one of the most popular games in any top casino. The double zero (American) roulette wheel is commonly found online and in brick ‘n' mortar casinos in Canada, the United States, South America and the Caribbean.

Differences Between American and European Roulette

The single major difference between the two great varieties of roulette greatly affects the house edge that the game offers. American roulette tables have two zero numbers (a zero and a double zero) while European roulette only has one zero. Therefore, the European version cuts the house edge from 5.26% on almost all bets down to just 2.7% which players are encouraged to take advantage of if they have a choice. Read more about the differences.

American Roulette FAQ


How does American roulette work?

American roulette is the version of the popular game you'll most likely come across at both online and land-based casinos in the United States. American roulette is nearly identical to its European counterpart, but with one main difference being the inclusion of the double zero. This gives the house a bigger edge, of course diminishing your chances of winning.

Is it popular in Canada?

American roulette is popular in many countries as casinos look to increase their take. In Canada, the game is typically offered along with European roulette at the majority of online casinos.

How is it different from other variations?

The main difference with American roulette is the double zero. Other than that, the wheel and betting options are identical to that of other roulette configurations.

Are the odds more favorable?

Just the opposite. In American roulette, the house edge increases from 2.7 percent in European roulette all the way up to 5.26 percent.

Should I use a different betting strategy?

Not specifically. The only betting tip to remember is that wagering on the "first five" is the only bet on the table that comes with lower odds than all the other options. Unless you're feeling extremely lucky, avoid the "first five" bet.

Can I use a roulette system?

Sure, but there's no guarantee it will work. Systems have long been promoted by gambling fanatics, and while many people live and die by certain strategies, there's no scientific proof any system actually improves your odds. Assuming the wheel is working appropriately and the ball hasn't been tampered with, there's no way to beat roulette.