At first sight, the option of playing American Roulette or the European version is a no brainier for any discerning gambler, as traditionally European roulette offers better odds, for one very significant reason – the American Roulette wheel has both 0 and 00, compared to just the one zero in the European version. So when you play American roulette, the house has an advantage of just over 5%, compared to a little less than 3% for the European version. This does makes you wonder why anyone would play the American version online when they have the option to play the European version instead.
Obviously this is not an option in live casinos in Las Vegas, for example where its American Roulette all the way, but it is something to bear in mind. However, there is a time where you actually are slightly better off playing American roulette – this is when the house offers the “surrender” rule. If the surrender rule is in play, then the casino will return half of your losing bet if that ball lands in either the 0 or 00.
This is for the even money bets, such as red or black or odd and even. This change is significant, as it means the house edge here is now smaller than you get playing European roulette. It means you shouldn’t immediately dismiss American Roulette when available – but do some investigation. However, if you enjoy the red or black bets, then it’s worth finding a casino that operates the surrender rule in American Roulette, as it means you are getting at the best odds available in roulette land!