A Look at the Difference Between American and European Roulette Wheels

Published on May 1st, 2024 4:19 pm EST

Roulette Wheel Odds - European vs. American.If you are playing a game like blackjack, the rules are pretty universal, no matter where you are playing.

Roulette, however, is a different beast.

In fact, there are two VERY different roulette wheels that are used, and these two wheels produce dramatically different odds of winning for players.


The American Roulette wheel has 38 different pockets that the ball can ultimately rest in.

This includes the black and red numbers from 1 to 36, as well as the green 0 and 00 pockets.

The European Roulette wheel, on the other hand, has just 37 pockets - the red and black numbered pockets from 1 to 36, as well as a single green pocket, which is the 0.

Now, this shouldn't be a big deal, right?

The fact of the matter is that this single change produces a MASSIVE difference in both odds and house edge.

The house edge for casinos that use an American roulette wheel is 5.3%.

This means that, no matter what type of wager you are placing (straight, corner, odd, even, etc), you are looking at an expected return on your investment of just 94.7%.

The house edge with the European roulette wheel is much lower - just 2.7%.

This means that the expected return for each spoin of the wheel is 97.3%, compared to 94.7% for the American roulette wheel.


If you are heading to a casino to do some gambling, try to play on a European roulette wheel if they are available to you, as you will almost certainly be walking away with more money at the end of the night, due to a much smaller house edge.