French Roulette

French roulette games have a similar set-up as the European version. As a player you try to predict where the ball will land on the roulette wheel. The roulette wheel in French roulette consists of the numbers zero to thirty-six, so there are a total of thirty-seven squares in which the ball can land. In French and European roulette, there is always only a single zero in play, unlike American roulette where there are two zeros in play.

Explanation of the French Roulette Game

In this section we will be explaining the roulette game rules. What are the possible bets? When will I get paid? What do I get paid? What does a roulette wheel look like? All these questions will be answered on this page. After you have read the rules you can take a look at the roulette strategies and tips or you can play roulette live right away.

Roulette Rules Explanation and Game Progress

The dealer is always called a croupier when playing roulette, due to the French origins of the game. The croupier will turn the wheel and let the ball turn in the opposite direction against the edge of the wheel. This is the moment you can bet. The betting options are described below. Betting is possible until the croupier calls out ‘rien ne va plus’ (nothing more) to indicate that no more bets may be placed. Now you have to wait and see in which box the ball will roll or bounce, and whether you have won or not.

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Roulette Wheel

We start with the explanation of the roulette wheel. The wheel looks from above as shown on the right. The wheel consists of 37 squares in European roulette. In American roulette it consists of 38 boxes because there is also a box “00” included. As you can see, the boxes alternate between red and black, with 1 green box next to the “0”. In European roulette, the order of the boxes is always the same.

Roulette Betting Options

You can place a bet anywhere according to the French roulette rules. When you place on a number, or a series of numbers, it is called an “inside bet”. All bets outside the number area, such as red / black or the columns, are called “outside bets”. Below is a table with the possible bets, with their payouts and odds. Most bets are quite logical and easy to understand. At some online casinos you can also make special bets. These are the zero game, the big and small series, orphelins and the neighbor game.

Small Series: The small series is often referred to as “tiers”. This comes from French, where the small series is called “tiers du cylindre”. The translation of this is 1 / 3rd of the wheel, which makes sense, because you play with 12 numbers. You play with the numbers at the bottom of the wheel, from 27 to 33. In this game you have to place a bet of 6 chips. The payout of all chips is split, so you get 18x ​​the bet.

Orphelins: The Orphelins game is played on 2 parts of the wheel, shown in the picture. Orphelins means orphans in French, and the game is so named probably because it was split into 2’s. But perhaps also because it is so rarely played in the casino. Or is it so rarely played for the name. In any case, you play a total of 8 numbers and you must bet 5 chips to play. You play with 1 chip “plain” on the number 1, the rest of the chips are bet as “split” on the places 6/9, 14/17, 17/20 and 31/34. The number 17 is therefore also paid out as a “plain” number.

Big Series: This game is called “voisins du zero” in French, or neighbors of the 0. The big run consists of almost half of the wheel, and is located at the top. You have to pay 9 chips to play this game. Payouts vary by number dropped, as the 0-2-3 and 25-29 combination is a double bet placed. If 0, 2 or 3 falls, you will get 24 chips back (2x a payout as a street, plus 2 chips that have been used back).

Zero (0) Game: The 0 game is played with 4 chips and the 7 numbers on and around the number 0, as you probably already know. On the 26th, the “plain” chip is used and the other chips are used as “split”.

Neighbors Game: In the neighbor game there are several possible bets. Normally you bet 5 chips, and you play with 1 number, and the 2 numbers to the left and the 2 to the right of it. The chips are all used “plain”. It is also possible to play with 1 neighbor, or with 3 neighbors. The bets then become 3 and 7 fishes respectively.

Final Game: In real casinos you can also bet on, for example, final 4. You then bet on 4, 14, 24 and 34; all numbers ending in 4. In online casinos this option is not possible, or you must of course place the bet manually. Final 0-6 will cost you 4 chips and final 7-9 will cost you 3 chips.

Since French roulette is also referred to as the “queen of casino games”, every roulette fan should have played this variant at some point. Pay close attention if you are going to play French roulette in an online casino. There are all kinds of online casinos that offer French roulette, and many of the types of French roulette on offer differ from each other.

For example, one type of French roulette uses the La Partage rule and the other the En Prison rule. Subsequently, the way in which the En Prison rule works can also differ per (online) casino. There are also types of French roulette where the race track is missing, or where the En Prison and La Partage rules are completely missing. In that case, are you still dealing with real French roulette? Not as far as we are concerned, so always check carefully what properties the type of French roulette you want to play has!

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