The French have always loved a bit of a flutter. Many gambling card games – including both blackjack and roulette – can trace their roots back to at least some degree of French influence. With roulette, there's no debate as France definitely invented the world's most popular gambling game. Roulette is French for 'little wheel', after all.
French roulette is also the best way to play roulette online. This is because – unlike American roulette – the wheel has only a single zero. Interestingly, when it was invented French roulette had two zeroes. Casino owners eventually dropped one of them to make the game more enticing to patrons.
The layout of the gaming table may be unfamiliar to you if you have played online roulette before, as it is a French (obviously) layout as opposed to an American one. Pair and impair are even and odd respectively, and passe is 'high' (numbers 19 to 26), while manque is 'low' (1 to 18). You can bet on numbers 1-12, 13-24 and 25-36 by placing your chips on P12, M12 or D12. These letters stand for Premiere (first), Moyenne (middle) and Dernier (last).
There are also a number of 'call' bets you can make. These are called 'call' bets as when you play at a real world casino you hand your stake to the croupier and 'call' the bet you want to make, rather than placing them on the gaming table.
Laying bets in this game is extremely easy. You just select your chip size from the range available and click where you want them to go. If you make a mistake you can hit 'clear', although unfortunately this clears ALL your chips off the table, and not just your last bet placed.
When you're ready to get rolling, hit 'spin'. To help you along, the last ten numbers that came up are listed on a display in the bottom left hand corner of the screen.
Well, this game is now certainly showing its age. The roulette wheel is very badly animated, and the ball simply does a backwards hop into a slot when it has finished spinning. If you're searching for an authentic casino roulette experience from a RNG game, you're not going to find it here.
If, however, you're looking for a game that is lacking in 'cloches' and 'sifflets' then this game from Microgaming is likely to suit you very nicely.
More about roulette
Lesson one: rules & odds
Learn the rules of play, in addition to betting odds & pay-outs.
Lesson two: roulette variations
Find out why smart gamblers always go for European roulette.
Lesson three: 'roulette strategies'
We don’t publish roulette strategies. In this lesson, you will learn why.
Lesson four: live roulette
Learn how to play roulette online with real live dealers!
Lesson five: mobile roulette
Find out how to access roulette on the go via your mobile platform.