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There are two types of roulette tables: European roulette tables and the American roulette table. On this page of Online-Casinos.com you you'll find a description and pictures of the American roulette wheel and the American roulette table.
The American Roulette WheelThis is the American roulette wheel and the American roulette table.
The most important difference when compared to the European roulette wheel, is that the American wheel has both a single zero and a double zero, whereas the European roulette wheel has only a single zero.
Another difference is that the numbers on the American roulette wheel are placed in pairs opposite of each other - whereas the numbers on the European wheel are placed in a random order.
In my opinion, the American table is more practical; as the red/black and odd/even bets are placed right next to each other, and the first18/last18 betting spots are placed right next to the single numbers. On the other hand, the European single zero roulette table is more beautiful in symmetry.
Once you get past the table however, European single zero roulette offers the player better odds then the American wheel - because it only has a single zero, whereas the American wheel has a zero and a double zero.
The additional double zero affects the odds significantly over time.
The house edge on a single number bet on the American wheel with 38 different numbers is 2/38 - or 5.26%
The house edge on the European wheel with only a single zero has better odds. The house edge on a single number bet is only 1/37 - or 2.70%
So you should always look for the single zero European roulette.
Despite the name, you can find single zero roulette in some US casinos - so you don't have to play at the American roulette wheel in Las Vegas.