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American Roulette

American Roulette

Our online casino UK service backs itself with the best selection of casino games that you would want to find and play. Among the vast collections of games is American roulette, the popular variant of this iconic game is all yours at Britain Play. We are continuing our game guides with this introduction to the American table and its unique wheel. We will share with you all the facts about the game, from its history to how it is played.

History of American Roulette

European roulette was the first roulette game of its kind. It was a success in France and Germany and made its way to American shores in the 1800s. During its time being played in the casinos of New Orleans, the double zero was added to the wheel and casino proprietors didn’t like the fact that the European version came with such a low house edge. This brought about the American roulette variant that carried the 38th number on both the wheel and table.

Rules of American Roulette

If you are new to the concept of playing online roulette UK games, then you have nothing to fear. The game rules are pretty much universal for all variants. This simplistic nature of play is why roulette in any format and variant is so popular. With American roulette, like all other versions, your aim is to correctly predict where the roulette ball will land on the wheel. You will make your bet on the table before the wheel is spun. Roulette in all forms allows you to bet in many different ways, which is another dynamic of the game that makes it look and play like no other.

American Roulette Wheel

There is more than one kind of wheel in roulette, and the roulette wheel American players know best is what is on their variant. The American roulette wheel carries the 38th number of double zero. But the American wheel possesses more than the importance of an extra number, as there is a pattern to the wheel that the European wheel does not have.

Double-Zero Wheel

The American roulette wheel layout may at first look a little random, but there is a pattern. With this wheel, the numbers do have a subtle formation that goes from opposite ends. When you locate the 0 number, the 00 is directly opposite. This is the same formation for all numbers. 1 will be opposite 2, 16 will be opposite 17, and so on. As with all wheels of a roulette game, you still get the alternation between black and red pockets.

Triple Zero-Wheel

If you want to experience a game that goes bigger, then there is a variant of the American table that comes with an additional zero. Yes, the Triple Zero Wheel version boosts play with a 39th number! Now, this is not a variant that is offered by us at Britain Play, but nevertheless, it goes to show that the wonderful game that is roulette has no boundaries.

Single-Zero Wheel

The traditional wheel is the one that comes with just a single zero on the table and wheel. These are the European and French variants. With just 37 numbers in play, it’s a version of the roulette game that comes with a better house edge, which is more beneficial to the players, but more on this later.

American Roulette Bet Types

When playing online American roulette, you have a wide selection of ways in which to bet. This is perhaps the biggest draw to the game. A player can make multiple single bets, grouped bets, and all the ways in between to hedge them. There are fundamentally two main types of betting, inside bets and outside bets. Below we discuss their differences and how the chips are to be placed for you to make the correct bet.

Inside Bets

The form of roulette betting takes place within the numerical area of the table only. This means that you can place your betting chips on all numbers and groupings within the areas bracketed from 0 and 00 to 36. This brings about a wide range of opportunities to hedge your bet, essentially giving you the freedom to cover the table how you wish.


The simplest of bets to understand is formed by placing a single chip or collection of chips on one single number. Now, this can still be performed multiple times across many individual numbers. Doing this bet returns an odds payout of 35 to 1, making it the highest odds return of any game in the casino.


The split bet is formed by placing your roulette chips between two numbers. This allows you to cover both sets of adjacent numbers and bettering your odds from a single number bet. This reduces the odds to 17 to 1. An example of this split bet is 1 and 2, or 3 and 6.


The street bet is a way of covering 3 numbers. When looking at the table horizontally, you can bet on the columns of numbers like 4, 5, and 6, or 10, 11, and 12. To make this bet, place your betting chip half on/off the bottom line of the column.


This corner or square bet allows you to cover four numbers. This group bet is for adjacent numbers and you will need tp place the chip in the centre of the four grouped numbers. An example would be on 1, 2, 4, and 5, with your chip placed in the cross-sectional lines.


The trio bet works with the zero numbers. You can bet on 0, 1, and 2. You have 00, 2, and 3, and also, 0, 2, and 3. There is also a possibility to bet on 0, 00, and 2. Just place your chip on the cross-sectional lines where the numbers meet.

Basket Bet

Also known as the five-number bet, with the basket bet you are essentially betting on the numbers 0, 00, 1, 2, and 3 concurrently. To place this bet, you will need to place a chip on the corner that divides the columns comprising 0 and 00, and 1, 2, and 3.


This six-line bet is sometimes known as the double street, because it is a duplication of the street bet but covering 6 numbers instead of 3. An example of this would be to bet on 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6, and you would place your chip central and half off/half on the bottom line which 1 and 4 rest on.

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Outside bets

The outside bets correspond to the areas of the table that are outside of the numerical zone. These areas of the table are distinct as they surround the numbers and provide players with bets with more favourable odds. There are 5 different areas to bet on, whether you decide to pick one or more of them is entirely up to you.

Column bet

The column bet gives you the option of three bets to pick from. If you look at the game vertically, you have three long columns of 12 numbers that rest on a box of 2 to 1. Your betting option allows you to cover all 12 numbers, that either range in the column 1 to 34, 2 to 35, or column 3 to 36. The numbers of the column bets are the following:

Column Numbers
1st column 1, 4, 7, 10, 13, 16, 19, 22, 25, 28, 31, 34
2nd column 2, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 23, 26, 29, 32, 35
3rd column 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, 33, 36

Dozen bet

The dozen bet provides an alternative 12 numbered betting options. There are 3 areas that the numerical zone is sectioned into. You will see they are marked as 1st 12, 2nd 12, and 3rd 12. Just place the chip in either area to cover the 12 numbers that either range from 1 to 12, 13 to 24, or 25 to 36.

Even or odd

Will the number be odd or even? Place your chip in the box and get odds of 1 to 1.

Red or black

Will the roulette ball land in a pocket that is red or black? Another 1-to-1-odds bet.

1 to 18

Bet on one of the lower numbers being selected on the wheel. Cover all those that range from 1 to 18 by placing your chip in the 1 - 18 box.

19 to 36

Bet on one of the higher numbers being selected on the wheel. Cover all those that range from 19 to 36 by placing your chip in the 19 - 36 box.

American Roulette’s Odds

This is a table of the American roulette odds that you can refer back to.

Bet Name Odds Payout
Straight Up Bet 2.70% x35
Split Bet 5.40% x17
Street Bet 8.10% x11
Corner Bet 10.80% x8
Five Bet 13.50% x6
Line Bet 16.20% x5
Column Bet 32.40% x2
Dozen Bet 32.40% x2
Colour Bet 48.60% x1
Odd/Even 48.60% x1
Low/High 48.60% x1

American Roulette’s House Edge

If there is a flaw to the game, it’s that American roulette has a higher house edge than any other of the roulette variants. While the inclusion of the 00 number adds to the drama and ways to bet, it becomes a hindrance because it’s another obstacle that can hinder your chances of winning. Variants like European and French roulette are more forgiving with their odds and come in at 2.7% in favour of the house. With American roulette, this edge increases to the benefit of the casino with a score of 5.26%

American Roulette Betting Systems & Tips

What American roulette tips are there to help you find success in our casino? Is there an American roulette strategy that works? Sadly, for strategies, nothing is 100% perfect. If there was a way for players to somehow trick the system or if there was some super mathematical equation that means betting on x, y, and z means you will always win, the game of roulette would have been pulled from casinos long ago. The only sensible tip is that you should bet smart. Recognise the chances that exist, spend your money wisely, and pick variants that favour the player better. Now, you will find that there are several strategies out there on the internet and players will use them regardless because logically they make sense, but in practice, winnings are formed only with luck.

Martingale System

The Martingale system is common because players use this method without knowing it. The strategy is to increase the wager after each loss and to restart from the initial unit value when you win. It makes sense that each time you lose you hedge the odds of landing a win at some point by going in bigger each time. The issue with this is that the cost of play may be too much if you keep hitting a loss after a loss and so on. We don’t think it’s a smart move to use this strategy.

Fibonacci System

This betting system requires players to exponentially increase their wager after a loss and to form wagering values in the style of the Fibonacci pattern. An example of this would be to bet a unit of £1, then £1 again, then £2, then £3, then the pattern goes £5, £8, 13, £21, and so on. If you are hitting a losing streak this will all add up till your bankroll runs dry. Again, not recommended.

Paroli System

The Paroli system is complex and is classed by players using it as a positive betting system. Betting is increased when wins are formulated, thus playing with your winnings. The method hopes to work on consecutive wins. If you bet £10 and you win, bet £10 again, win again, and you place down a £20 bet, it is at the point of the third bet that you are spending only what you win, and not your original bankroll. However, lose and lose again and this Paroli system has no way of telling you how to clear the negative your balance is now in. Avoid this system.

D’Alembert System

The D’Alembert system is used by players that wish to take a lesser risk, as this system solely focuses on the odd-on betting options. The method is to increase the stake by a unit of 1 when you lose and to reduce it by a unit when you win. There is a reversal method, which is to decrease when losing and to increase when you win. As this system is only for the Outside Bets, the wins and losses have very little impact on what you make, and to see any true result, you have to make the initial bet big and repeat it. Costly, so not worth the effort.

James Bond System

This strategy is known as a flat bet system. You will make bets that are the same values for each round you play. Now, the bets you place are three different bets each time. The first bet would be the high numbers, then a bet on a double street, with a third bet on a green zero. This method helps you to cover more options than you might have originally intended. Well, it’s a method that works about as well as a James Bond villain’s evil plans. Don’t be lured in by the name, he and the strategy are not real.

Popular American Roulette Variations

American roulette is a variant within itself, but there are several ways that you can enjoy this game. We host several American tables developed by different gaming companies. In this section, we briefly introduce some of the American roulette RNG games made by the best software providers in the business.

an american roulette wheel surrounded by american icons

Play’n Go’s Premium American Roulette

One of our most popular games is the American RNG table by Play’n GO. This crisply designed game oozes the qualities you would normally associate with Play’n GO. This development company made a name in the slots market, but such is their level of talent, making a roulette table is like water off a duck’s back.

Netent’s American Roulette

Another highly acclaimed slot manufacturer NetEnt, have also produced a series of RNG games and their version of American roulette. The RNG game comes with a low volatility setting and carries an RTP (Return to Player) score of 94.74%. This game was launched in 2014, nearly a decade old and it still does the perfect job to entertain.

Microgaming’s American Roulette

The American roulette game by Microgaming was released back in 2003, making it one of the oldest games inside of Britain Play. It comes with an RTP score of 94.74% and is designed more colourfully than most other RNG roulette tables. The betting limits of this table range from £1 to an eye-watering £2,000.

Difference Between Live American Roulette & Online American Roulette

At Britain Play, you can experience two formats of American Roulette. You have the RNG games and the live roulette tables that are hosted by live dealers. So, which format is better? Below, we table the pros and cons of each kind. Why not try both to find your preferred option of play?

Features Live American Roulette RNG American Roulette
RNG Software
Demo version
Real money play
Variety of games
Mobile access
Play with bonuses
Live dealer interaction
Live chat access

Why Play American Roulette at Britain Play

At Britain Play, it is our mission to provide our members with the best services and gaming features possible, whether you play American roulette or any other game. We offer a healthy range of games that are made by the best gaming companies in the business. We host promotional services to reward players with free spins and credit should they need any assistance to support their gaming. In addition to the gaming service, when it comes to banking, we also provide reputable services that are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Your option to deposit and withdraw with us include Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, Paysafecard, Neteller, and Skrill. Plus, your time and effort will not go unrewarded. The Britain Play Trophies reward you upon completing the challenges set. You will get to level up through the reward system and claim a prize if your luck comes in on the bespoke Mega Reel bonus game.

American Roulette FAQs

If you are new to roulette and this variant, then you might have some questions. Here we have written down answers to the most common questions previously raised by newly registered members. Hopefully, our FAQ will assist you with any thoughts you are having about the game.

What is American roulette?

American roulette is a variant of the original European roulette game. In the American version, an extra number is provided, which is the double zero number.

How do you play American roulette?

You play American roulette exactly like any other roulette variant. You are predicting where the ball will land on the wheel and making your bets before that wheel is spun. With the additional 00 number, you have additional betting options, as covered in this guide.

What is the difference between American and European roulette?

The difference is the extra 38th number and the layout of the American roulette wheel. The gaming rules for both remain the same.

What is the house advantage in American roulette?

The house edge for American roulette is 5.26%, which is higher than any other roulette variant.

How many numbers are on a American roulette wheel?

There are a total of 38 numbers on the wheel and this includes both the single and the double zero.

Does London have American roulette?

Yes, you can play American roulette in any London casino.

Does American roulette have better odds?

No. Mathematically, the odds do not improve with American roulette because of the extra number.

What is the maximum bet for American roulette?

The maximum bet within a game of American roulette changes from table to table. It depends if you play the game live or if you play a digital RNG game, and if so, by which developer. Some tables cover bets upwards of £2k.

What is the difference between American and French roulette?

The differences are the additional number within American roulette. And with the French variant, there is the addition of the racetrack, that allows you to make bets based on the layout of the wheel.

What is the difference between American roulette wheel and European roulette wheel?

The European wheel is purposefully mixed with no order to it. The American roulette wheel has a pattern where numbers are aligned opposite from one another.