Roulette started in France in the 17th century and the invention of the modern wheel is attributed to French scientist Blaise Pascal. But it was only in 1842 when the first zero was actually incorporated to the wheel, which gave the casino a house edge for the first time. So, it can be said that the French Roulette is one of the oldest roulette game.
The game gained popularity in worldwide casinos with another zero to increase the house edge. The most advanced French roulette still features the single zero.
HOW TO PLAY FRENCH ROULETTE
French Roulette is not much different from other versions of roulette, the only difference is it allows special bets that are not found elsewhere and that the French Roulette is a bit more complex than American or European Roulette as some of the potential wagers are many-bets-in-one.
Here is the step-by-step guide to playing French Roulette.
STEP 1: PLACE FRENCH BETS
You need to place bets on the layout which is somewhat different than a European Roulette layout. You should get accustomed with the French words for the bets like Passe for Even and Impair for Odd. You can learn only most used six words for the even-money bets, so you’ll learn the terms in a few spins.
STEP 2: ANNOUNCE YOUR BETS
You should call out the type of bet, like Tiers du Cylindre, but do not forget to keep sufficient chips to on the table to cover the wager. Every announced bet has their exotic names so that it becomes easy to announce the bet at a fraction of time. Make yourself aware of at least 6-10 French terms this will help you know how to make announced bets.
STEP 3: OPT FOR MAXIMUM BETTING
It’s much simpler to announce the bet if you are betting a maximum number. If you are betting the full/maximum on the number five, you would call out “Complete Bet on 5” or “5 to the Maximum” to the dealer.
STEP 4: BALL IS RELEASED
The croupier pushes the ball into the cylinder, which indicates now “No More Bets”. The dealer’s word is final, better not to confront if your late bet is not accepted.
STEP 5: LOSING BETS COLLECTED
When the ball falls into the pocket the winning number is found. The dealer picks up the chips from losing bets first leaving the winning bets on the table.
STEP 6: PAYOUTS ON WINNING BETS
Now, the winning bets are paid. In French Roulette there are several winning combinations, hence there are multiple winners who get paid.
FRENCH ROULETTE BETTING
In this type of roulette, all standard betting options are available and some extra bet types are also found. These are two other rules which are specific to French roulette only.
The bet that you place on the specific number is inside betting. You can bet on a combination of numbers that are nearby in a way or on an individual number. For instance:
A straight bet: where you bet on 1 specific number
A split bet: where you bet on 2 numbers
A corner bet: where you bet on 4 numbers at once
In this type of betting you bet on a bunch of number instead of any one number. Examples could be:
Red/black and odd/even bets
Column bets: you bet on twelve numbers and payout at odds of 2 to 1
Call Bets (or Announced Bets)
Here you will place a bet on the ball landing in a specific part of the wheel which is also known as ‘French Bets’. Outside bets are also of three types: Voisins du Zero, Le Tiers du Cylindre, and Orphelins.
FRENCH ROULETTE RULES
En Prison – This rule is applied when the ball lands in the zero slot and you’ve bet on an even money chance, like odd/even or red/black. Using this rule your bet will remain on the table for the next spin. If your bet reaches the right slot, your stake will be returned.
La Partage – This rule applies when the ball lands in zero when you’ve bet even money shot and you will get half of the stake back.
FRENCH ROULETTE HOUSE EDGE
It differs as per the type of bet you are placing. Ideally, the edge is 2.70% when betting on any non-even money shot, and it reduces to 1.35% for the even money bets. This is very easy compared to other casino games. American roulette has a 5.26% edge for the casino. It is always better to play French Roulette over any other type of roulette.