French Roulette (European)



French roulette, also known as European roulette, is one of the most popular variations of roulette games.

The French roulette cylinder is comprised of 37 pockets, numbered from 1 to 36, with alternating black and red boxes.

As for the remaining box, it is coloured in green and numbered with zero.

Contrary to American roulette, French roulette does not contain any green box numbered with a double zero.

Objective of French Roulette

The aim of French roulette is to bet a pile of chips on the winning number and/or type of number (colour, odd or even, between 1 and 12, etc.).

French Roulette proceedings

During a French roulette game, you can find three croupiers and a table manager around the layout, who ensure a smooth unfolding of the game. The number of players for French roulette is unlimited.

  1. Once all players have placed their bets, one of the croupiers utters the famous sentence: “No more bets”.
  2. Then, they spin the wheel anti-clockwise and throw the small white marble, which becomes the object of the players and croupiers' undivided attention, clockwise this time.
  3. Once said marble has stopped on a box on the wheel, the croupier announces its colour (black or red), its number (odd or even), as well as whether it is a low bet or high bet. Also, they indicate these pieces of information on the game layout.

Betting at French roulette

french-roulette-wheel-2Players place their bets on simple stakes themselves.

When playing French roulette, bets vary according to different types of game, corresponding to different places on the layout.

Here is an overview of the most frequent bets:

  • The straight up bet describes a bet placed on the number itself and it allows players to win the biggest amount: 35 times the initial bet.
  • As for the so-called “Cheval” bet (split bet), it corresponds to a line between two numbers.
  • Similarly, the “Transversale” (street bet) relates to a row of three numbers.
  • The so-called “Carré” bet (corner bet) refers to a place at the intersection of 4 numbers and allows players to win 8 times their bet.
  • The types of bet called dozen split bet and column split bet are those that yield the least, half of the initial bet, and they correspond to a bet on the line between two dozens or two columns, respectively.
  • As for the zero number, it is paid in the same way as the other numbers on the wheel.