French roulette — is a gambling game based on the player’s luck in guessing the number that wins. It is considered the ancestor of the American and European roulette.
In French roulette, the chips are moved by special rakes, and it is the ancestor of a widespread European and American roulette. In fact, that particular type of wheel with the ball has occupied players’ minds all over Europe for several centuries in a row. In the mid 19th century, the elite nature of the casino game itself changed to a more dynamic one. Whereas French roulette tempo is slow, all bets are refined and beautifully laid out on the playing field before the ball is spun.
How to Play French Roulette
As in any other version of the roulette, all that is required from the player in each round is to make a bet. To place a bet, you must select a virtual chip of desired value and place it on the selected number. In French roulette a player can place several bets at the same time – the main thing is that the amount of all the bets placed does not exceed the set limit.
- Single Bet – Chips are placed directly on any of the numbers from 0 to 36 and on double zero (00). The payout is 36 to 1.
- Split bet – Chips are placed on a line between any two numbers. Bet covers two numbers. The payout is 17 to 1.
- Street bet – Such bet covers three consecutive numbers in a horizontal line. The payout is 11 to 1.
- Corner/square bet – chips are placed on four numbers that touch each other and form a square that way. The payout is 8 to 1.
- Six line/double street bet – Chips are on six consecutive numbers that form two horizontal lines. Bet covers all the numbers in both rows, six in total. The payout is 5 to 1.
- Column bet – Chips are placed on one of the fields marked ‘2 to 1’ at the end of a column. This bet covers all the numbers in this column, twelve in total. Zero (0) and double zero (00) are not covered by this bet. The payout is 2 to 1.
- Dozen bet– Chips are placed on one of the fields marked ‘1st 12’, ‘2nd 12’, or ‘3rd 12’ (first, second, or third dozen). Bet covers the specified twelve numbers. The payout is 2 to 1.
- High/low bet 1—18/19—36 – Chips are placed on one of two fields marked ‘1-18’ and ‘19-36’. Bet covers the specified eighteen numbers. The payout is 1 to 1.
- Bet on even or odd numbers – Chips are placed on even or odd. Each of the fields covers eighteen numbers. Zero (0) and double zero (00) are not covered by this bet. Payout is 1 to 1.
- Bet on red or black – Chips are placed on red or black. Each of the fields covers eighteen numbers. Zero (0) and double zero (00) are not covered by this bet. The payout is 1 to 1.
Please note that when playing French roulette online, all the names of the bets found on the table are written in French. However, the ‘built-in’ hints that highlight all the sectors that the bet ‘covers’, will allow you to get used to the game faster.
‘La Partage’ Rules
French roulette is special for having ‘La Partage’ rule that you won’t find in any other version of roulette. ‘La Partage’ rule allows you to get ‘insurance’ from the ‘zero’ sector. When a zero turns up, player loses only half of the bet, but this rule also applies to the bets with equal chances.
French Roulette Online is an interesting game
French roulette is mostly appreciated by players who prefer a calm and easy pace of play. Bets are not accepted when the ball is spinning (the ball is rolled only after all players have made the bets).
Also, many players love French roulette for its unique charm, style and different game process, preserved almost unchanged to our days: the traditional announcement of all the game moments in French, the characteristic layout of the playing field, a unique method of handling chips (for example, the winnings are moved by a special rake). In this sense, playing French roulette is mostly interesting in a traditional land-based casino, although almost all online casinos offer it as well.