Silence falls around the table when croupier announces "Rien ne va plus" (“No more bets”). European (or French) Roulette won its letters of nobility in Monte-Carlo as from 1863 and is still today a fascinating game that symbolises all the elegance and atmosphere of this legendary game…
: 5 euros.
Number of players at the table
: from 1 to 8.
Aim of the game
: of the 37 numbers on the wheel, players bet on the one on which the ball will come to rest.
Four Casino employees take their places around the French roulette table. Two croupiers handle the bets and throwing the ball onto the roulette wheel, while the “bout de table ” (“table-end”) and “chef de partie” (“game supervisor”) ensure that the game proceeds smoothly.
The game begins when the croupier says “Faites vos jeux” (“Place your bets”). You must then proceed to place the bets of your choice (see below). The croupier throws the ball onto the roulette wheel with 37 sections numbered from 0 to 36. When it is about to make its last two rounds, the croupier says “Rien ne va plus” (“No more bets”) and you must stop placing bets. The ball is on the point of coming to rest : this is the moment when everyone holds their breath, their eyes riveted on the roulette wheel. The croupier announces the winning number. Losing bets are raked in and winning bets are paid out.
Note : When the ball lands on the zero, even money wagers (red/black, odds/evens, manque/passe) are “locked in” and lose half of their value. They remain on the table for the following game. If the player prefers, he can, however, recover his chips at half their value. With the next spin of the wheel, “locked in” wagers on winning even money bets are “released” and revert to their original value. You can leave them on the table or pick them up. In the next game, “locked in” wagers on even money bets that lose are, however, lost definitively.
WAGERS AND PAYOUTS
• “Plein” (straight)
: you bet on a single number. (35 to 1)
• “Cheval” (split)
: you bet on two numbers at the same time by placing your chip on the line separating the two numbers. (17 to 1)
• “Transversale pleine” (street)
: you bet on three numbers by placing your chip on the left side of a row of numbers. (11 to 1)
• “Carré” (square)
: you bet on four numbers by placing your chip at the intersection of four numbers. (8 to 1)
• “Quatre premiers” (first four numbers)
: you bet on the first four numbers at the top of the grid (0,1,2 and 3) by placing your chip on the edge and at the intersection of the line of 0 and that of 1, 2 and 3. (8 to 1)
• “Sixain / transversale simple” (sixline)
: you bet on six numbers by placing your chip on the left side and at the intersection of two rows of numbers. (5 to 1)
• “Colonne” (column)
: you bet on an entire column of numbers by placing your chip below the last number in the column. Warning ! A column does not include the 0 ! (2 to 1)
• “Douzaine” (dozen)
: you bet on a dozen numbers, ie. from 1 to 12, 13 to 24 or 25 to 36, by placing your chip on the dozen boxes at the bottom of the grid. (2 to 1)
• “Colonne à cheval” (split column)
: you bet on two columns by placing your chip at the intersection of two columnns. (1/2 to 1)
• “Douzaine à cheval” (split dozen)
: you bet on two dozens by placing your chip at the intersection of two dozens. (1/2 to 1)
• Even money wagers :
: you bet on the color of the winning number. (even money)
: you bet that the winning number will be odd or even. (even money)
: you bet that the winning number will be between 1 and 18 inclusive. (even money)
: you bet that the winning number will be between 19 and 36 inclusive. (even money)
MORE ADVANCED PLAY… …
In addition to the wagers listed above, here are a few classic bets on combinations of numbers corresponding to specific sectors of the wheel : neighbors of zero, thirds and orphans.
• “Les voisins du zéro” (neighbors of zero)
: by announcing this wager, you are betting on 17 numbers with 9 chips placed as follows : split at the intersection of the 0, 2 and 3 (2 chips) ; split between the 4 and 7, 12 and 15, 18 and 21, 19 and 22, 32 and 35 (5 chips), and as a corner on the 25, 26, 28 and 29 (2 chips).
• “Le tiers du cylindre” (thirds)
: by announcing this wager, you bet on 12 numbers by placing 6 chips as follows : split between 5 and 8, 10 and 11, 13 and 16, 23 and 24, 27 and 30, 33 and 36.
• “Les orphelins” (orphans)
: orphans are numbers which belong neither to the thirds nor to the neighbors of zero. By announcing this wager, you bet on 8 numbers by placing 5 chips as follows : as a straight bet on 1, split between 6 and 9, 14 and 17, 17 and 20, 31 and 34.
• “Les finales” (final digits) :
- “En plein” (straight)
: you bet on numbers ending with the same digit. For numbers ending in 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, you need 4 chips and for numbers ending in 7, 8 or 9 you need 3 chips, as there are only three numbers with these final digits on the wheel !
- “A cheval” (split)
: you bet on pairs of numbers ending with the same digit. For the pairs 0-1, 1-2, 2-3, 4-5 and 5-6, you need 5 chips. For the pairs 0-3, 1-4, 2-5, 3-6, 7-8 and 8-9, you need 4 chips. For the pairs 4-7, 5-8, 6-9, 7-10, 8-11 and 9-12, you need 3 chips.
Where to play European Roulette : Casino de Monte-Carlo, Summer Casino