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Types of Roulette

Roulette in its standard form has been around since at least YEAR, but its popularity has seen countless versions spring up over the years, all trying to emulate the success of the original.

The advancement of touch-screen video cabinets has allowed for some great variations of roulette that wouldn’t be possible with a standard wooden table and wheel.

I’ve listed the various types of roulette, many of which you will recognise and all of which are either playable in the bookies or online.

Different Types of Roulette available

American Roulette

American Roulette uses the standard 1 to 36 with the addition of 0 and 00. The single 0 has always been the house edge; roulette generally returns 36/1 but play a 37/1.

The addition of the 00 results in a higher house edge and a lower return for the player.

It doesn’t matter which number you bet on as they each have an equal chance of coming in, but the addition of an extra slot make the true odds of American Roulette 38/1 whilst still paying at 36/1. So if you have a choice, stick to single zero roulette.

European Roulette

The classic roulette game that most people will recognise. European Roulette has 37 possible outcomes from 0 to 36 and can be found in casinos across Europe and online.

Some casinos will also return 50% of the players’ stake if they bet on a 50/50 outside bet and zero lands. For example, if you bet £100 on red and zero comes in, the casino will return £50.

Bonus Roulette

Bonus roulette games are almost exclusively found on FOBT machines in bookies and revolve around at least one, but occasionally two bonus positions (such as Deal or No Deal Roulette).

The bonus positions play a side game and are effectively equivalent to double zero American Roulette.

The odds on bonus roulette are often slightly worse than European Roulette, although they can be more fun. The odds can also be improved with progressive cash pots found on some of the bonus roulette games.


My personal favourite, Bagatelle uses a scrolling roulette grid at the base of a series of pins. A roulette ball is then fired into the pins and works its way down, eventually landing on a number.

The odds are identical to European Roulette, and betting is the same. The only difference is the animation used to show your bet in action.

Bagatelle is available to play at William Hill online.

100/1 Roulette

100 to 1 Roulette is a roulette wheel with a massive 104 positions, paying at 100/1. The large odds make for some good returns if you get lucky, but the massive playing grid can make betting tricky.

It is however a fun game, and enhancements made on the multi-screen betting terminals allow for additional betting options to make laying your chips easier.

Created by Inspired Gaming, 100/1 Roulette isn’t currently available to play online.

Mini Roulette

I find the odds too low for it to hold much interest. Mini Roulette is available in various forms online, and generally consists of 12 numbers plus a 0 and returns 12/1.

The low numbers mean you are more likely to hit your lucky number, which can be appealing to many people, especially females for some reason!

I’m surprised there isn’t a version of this game in the bookies, but no doubt in the future we will see Mini Roulette gracing the FOBT’s.

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