European Roulette rules

April 15, 2017

Object of the game

Object of the European roulette is the same as for the American one: to predict which number out of possible 37 the ball will land on.

European roulette wheel

European Roulette wheel has thirty-seven numbers, including 1 to 36, a 0 ('zero'). Another name for European roulette is "Single zero roulette".

If you would like to find out more about distribution of numbered slots on American roulette wheel, read European Roulette Wheel Diagram.

Table layout and possible bets

Read about differences in table layout for American and European roulette on Table layout.

Player has the option to bet on:

  • Certain number
  • Combination of numbers
  • Pick whether the number will be red or black, even or odd.

Explanation of possible bets and table layout you can find on European roulette bets.

The size of the payoffs and house edge depend on how the bets were placed.

Announces (Call bets)

The distribution of numbers on the European roulette wheel gives players opportunity to make Announces during the game.

The "En Prison" rule

Some European casinos offer the "En Prison" rule. This refers to the "outside" even-money bets (Red/Black, High/Low, Odd/Even). When the outcome is zero, it's allowed to leave the bet for another roulette spin. So your bet stays "in prison". If the following spin the outcome is zero again, then the whole bet is lost, if it's a hit, the bet is released with no payout.

European table with "En Prison" brings the house advantage down to 1.35% for even-money bets. This is the lowest for the roulette game.

The "La Partage" rule

The "la partage" roulette rule is similar to the "en prison" rule, only in this case the player loses half the bet and does not have the option of leaving the bet "en prison" for another spin.