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How Many Numbers Are There on a Roulette Wheel?

Are you a new roulette player looking to familiarize yourself with a roulette wheel? Well, you’ve come to the right place. The first steps to mastering the game has to do with studying the wheel, the roulette table, learning the rules and, getting to know the various betting options and more.

For now, we’ll focus on studying the roulette wheel with all its features and their functions. But, roulette has three main variations namely: French roulette, American roulette, and European roulette. French and European roulette wheels are the same, whereas American roulette wheels have one distinct difference which you must know. Keep reading for more.

Roulette Wheel

The American Roulette Wheel

Playing American roulette is both fun and challenging in so many ways. The wheels used in this version of the games have 38 slots or pockets colored in either red, black, or green. The black and red slots are numbers from 1-36, and the two green slots are 0 and 00 pockets. The double zero pockets are a feature unique to American roulette. With it comes a higher house edge. If the roulette wheel is perfectly balanced, fair and proper then the roulette ball is equally likely to land in any of the 38 pockets on the wheel.

The European and French Roulette Wheel

These two roulette wheels are designed the same. But they only have one green 0 slot compared to the American roulette wheel that has two green slots with the numbers 0 and 00. There are thus only 37 numbers on this roulette wheel starting at 0 to 37. The single zero pocket reduces the house edge from 5.27% in American roulette to 2.70% and 1.35% in European and French roulette respectively.


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