French Roulette is the first and arguably best roulette variation. The core of all casinos, French Roulette is the original wheeled game of chance and the game of choice for casino players the world over. Played since the French Revolution and the late 18th Century, roulette actually means "little wheel" in French and, where the wheel is small, the game's winning potential is massive.
Like all roulette, this game is based on a wheel, a ball and coloured numbers. The numbered slots and colours on the wheel are echoed on the table. The idea revolves round predicting on which number or colour the ball will land when the wheel is spun. There are a range of bets, all of which have a corresponding level of risk and reward. For example, the risky single bet on a number and colour will return your bet 35:1, where the safer bet of gambling on a colour will return 1:1. However, there are many bets available and you can mix and match to "hedge" riskier bets with safer ones.
The first thing you may notice about the French Roulette table is that it is totally red, with no black on it at all. The second thing you will definitely notice is that the table is all in French...However, you can still bet on black and below is a glossary of terms you'll need to master the game and impress all your friends the next time you visit a casino:
- Pair: even numbers
- Impair: odd numbers
- Manqué: the low numbers 1-18
- Passé: the high numbers 19-36
- P-12 (Premiere 12): the first dozen (1-12)
- M-12 (Moyenne 12): the middle dozen (13-24)
- D-12 (Derniere 12): the last dozen (25-36)
Apart from these subtle differences the game is similar to both American and European Roulette, but like the latter it only has numbers 1 to 36 and a single 0. Meaning that like the European variant, you have a greater chance of winning than in American roulette. Moreover, the French game has other, different features which has made it popular and unique.
Call bets are a seemingly random series of numbers on the wheel. However, there is a logic behind them that can yield some very good results. To make the most of this great feature of French Roulette please study the bets below:
Voisins du Zero (Neighbors of Zero): A bet on the seventeen numbers that surround the 0 on the French roulette wheel: 0, 2, 3, 4, 7, 12, 15, 18, 19, 21, 22, 25, 26, 28, 29, 32, and 35
Tiers du Cylindre (Third of the Wheel): A bet on the twelve numbers that are situated on the opposite side of the wheel from the 0: 5, 8, 10, 11, 13, 16, 23, 24, 26, 27, 30, and 33.
Orphelins (Orphans): A bet on the eight remaining roulette numbers that are not included in either the Voisins or the Tiers: 1, 6, 9, 14, 17, 20, 31, and 34.
Finales en Plein: This is a bet on all numbers ending in a particular digit. For example, Finales en Plein 3 is a bet on 3, 13, 23, and 33.
Finales a Cheval: This is a bet on all numbers ending in either of two digits. For example, Finales a Cheval 2/5 is a bet on 2, 5, 12, 15, 22, 25, 32, and 35.
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