Online Roulette Strategy: American Roulette vs. European Roulette

Anytime you go to the casino, either live or here online at Bodog, you should be thinking about the odds of the game you want to play. When it comes to playing Roulette, the odds depend on which game you’re playing; in European Roulette, all the bets you make have a house edge of 2.7%. In American Roulette, almost all the bets have a house edge of 5.3%. There’s one other bet you can make in the American version that carries a house edge of 7.9%: the top line or basket bet, where you put your money on the five-number combo of 0, 00, 1, 2 and 3.


Split Personality

Of course, there’s more to the odds in Roulette than just the house edge. Each bet you make has its own odds, and they’ll be different depending on which version you play. For example, if you make a straight up bet, where you put your money on any single number, your chances of winning are 36-to-1 on the European wheel, and 37-to-1 on the American wheel. You’ll get the same odds when you make the “0” and “00” bets.

Next, there are the row (both 0 and 00) and split (any two adjacent numbers) bets, where you have twice as much chance of winning – which means your odds have almost doubled. In European Roulette, your odds for these bets are 35-to-2, while American Roulette is a shade longer at 36-to-2, or 18-to-1 if you round down. The more Roulette numbers you bet on at the same time, the shorter your odds get; the standard Red/Black, Even/Odd and High/Low bets are 19-to-18 on the European wheel and 20-to-18 (or 10-to-9) for the American version.

By learning how to play online roulette and understanding the different odds you face, you can tailor your bets to make sure you get the most out of your Roulette experience at Bodog Casino. If you want to last longer, make more of those “even money” bets like Red or Black. If you want action, the single bet offers the biggest reward on the wheel at the highest risk. And if lower house edge is a priority, play European Roulette.


Online Roulette Strategy: American Roulette vs. European Roulette