France is traditionally considered the birthplace of roulette. Accordingly, the French rules are the closest to the classic ones. The game is played using the wheel with numbers from 1 to 36 and one zero. Numbers from 1 to 36 are alternately painted in red and black. The task of the gambler is to make bets that match the number.

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French Roulette Rules

At the beginning of the game, the player is required to make bets using chips. They can be of different denominations. They must be placed on the appropriate sectors of the betting field. After this, the spinning of the wheel starts. The ball moves on the wheels. The round ends when the ball stops at one of the cells. Played bets are paid and the rest is burned.

French roulette has the La Partage rule. If the ball stops on zero, bets on equal chances are half returned to the player. It’s about chips bet on red or black, even or odd, large or small numbers. The La Partage rule may not be present in all French roulette versions.

Betting in French Roulette

Like many other types of roulette, the French version has inside, outside, and announced bets. Inside bets are those that are made on specific numbers. The bet on one number gives the biggest winnings (an odd of 1 to 35). The split bet is made on two numbers and is paid as 1 to 17. The street bet is made on three numbers and has an odd of 1 to 11. The four numbers are the corner bet and are paid as 1 to 8. The bet on six numbers has an odd of 1 to 5.

Outside bets are the following:

  • Red or black – 1 to 1
  • Small (from 1 to 18) or large (from 19 to 36) – 1 to 1
  • Even or odd – 1 to 1
  • A dozen – 1 to 2
  • A column – 1 to 2

Announced bets are made on groups of numbers. The neighbors bet is made on the number and two numbers located to the left and to the right of it. The range of the Voisins du zero bet is numbers 0, 2, 3, 4, 7, 12, 15, 18, 19, 21, 22, 25, 26, 28, 29, 32, and 35. The Jeu zero bet includes the numbers 0, 3, 12, 15, 26, 32, and 35. The Le tiers du cylindre bet includes splits of 5/8, 10/11, 13/16, 23/24, 27/30, and 33/36. The Orphelins (Orphans) bet includes numbers 1, 6, 9, 14, 17, 20, 31, and 34.

French roulette gives the player an advantage over the casino, which is 97.3%. Thanks to just one sector of zero and the presence of additional rules, this version is very beneficial for gamblers.