French Roulette

French Roulette is a variation of the classic casino game roulette and is known for its unique table layout and player-friendly rules. It is similar to European Roulette in terms of the wheel design but includes additional rules and betting options that set it apart.

  1. Wheel Layout: Like European Roulette, the French Roulette wheel consists of 37 pockets, numbered from 0 to 36. The numbers are colored red and black, except for 0, which is green. The distribution of numbers is designed to provide a balance of red and black, odd and even, and high and low numbers.
  2. Table Layout: The French Roulette table layout is distinct and differs from the American and European versions. It features all standard inside and outside bets, but the betting grid is laid out differently, and all betting terms are typically in French. For example, “Manque” represents numbers 1-18 (low), and “Passe” represents numbers 19-36 (high).
  3. La Partage Rule: One of the key features of French Roulette is the ‘La Partage’ rule. When a player makes an even-money bet (such as red/black, odd/even, high/low) and the ball lands on zero, the player loses only half of their bet. This rule significantly reduces the house edge on even-money bets.
  4. En Prison Rule: Another rule that is sometimes applied in French Roulette is the ‘En Prison’ rule, which is similar to La Partage. If the ball lands on zero, the player’s even-money bet is “imprisoned.” If the next spin is a win for the player, the imprisoned bet is returned without additional winnings. If the next spin is a loss, the bet is forfeited.
  5. Betting Options: French Roulette offers the standard range of roulette bets, including straight-up numbers, splits, streets, corners, and outside bets. Additionally, French Roulette features unique betting combinations known as ‘Announced Bets’ or ‘Call Bets.’ These include ‘Voisins du Zero,’ ‘Tiers du Cylindre,’ and ‘Orphelins,’ which cover specific sections of the roulette wheel.
  6. House Edge: Due to the La Partage and En Prison rules, French Roulette offers one of the lowest house edges in roulette. For even-money bets, the house edge is reduced to 1.35%, making it a favorable variant for players.
  7. Gameplay and Etiquette: French Roulette is often considered more formal and traditional compared to other variants. The presence of a croupier, the use of French terminology, and the unique betting options contribute to its distinct and sophisticated atmosphere.