Avoiding Double Zero Roulette Trap

November 27, 2013
Avoiding Double Zero Roulette Trap

New Jersey has launched online casino games alongside poker.  Most New Jersey online casinos offer multiple versions of roulette.

While roulette is a game of luck, there are ways to reduce the house advantage.  Most sites offer a double zero and a single version of the game.  The double zero version is usually called American Roulette, while the single zero style is often called European or French Roulette.

Players should always choose the European or French Roulette game over American Roulette.  There is no reason to ever play American Roulette when these other games are available.

What is the Difference Between American Roulette and European Roulette?

American Roulette may have one or two zeros.  It does not have any special rules beyond that.  Online European Roulette always has one zero.  It has a rule known as “la partage”.  This allows players that make an even money bet (red/black, odd/even, high/low) to receive half of their wager back if the ball lands on zero.

Some Atlantic City casinos offer double zero wheels with European rules.  This is unique to Atlantic City.  No other casino cities offer European rules on a double zero wheel.  Single zero Atlantic City roulette is typically played with American rules.

What is the Difference Between Single Zero and Double Zero Roulette?

Double zero roulette spreads two zeros on the wheel and has a house advantage of 5.26 percent.  Single zero roulette spreads just one zero and has a house edge of 2.7 percent.  Even money bets made on a European style game have a house advantage of 1.35 percent.

Roulette Bets to Avoid

Some players want to try and bet as many numbers as possible to lower variance.  This may seem like a good idea but it causes two issues.  One is that the house advantage is the same regardless of the amount of numbers covered.  The house might become suspicious of these wagers if a bonus is being cleared at the same time and label the play as bonus abuse.  Never bet more than a few numbers on any roulette game for these reasons.

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