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Coral’s Tuesday tip: Play European roulette!

Every Tuesday Coral’s gaming expert Ashley Hughes will go through common mistakes made at the casino and point you in the right direction.

Don’t bother playing American roulette

We’ll get straight to the point — if you’re playing American roulette, you need to stop. Popular doesn’t necessarily mean better, and while most Americans might quaff at the thought of playing European roulette, they’re most definitely wrong.

For some reason, the game has remained a firm favourite in the U.S, but this has puzzled experts because there doesn’t appear to be any visual benefit to playing it. There aren’t less or more numbers to choose, nor are there larger potential stakes or wins, the only difference is there are two green options — 0 and 00. And while this might have you thinking your odds have improved since there are more spaces for the ball to land, the reality is this is very much wrong.

Why is European roulette better than American roulette?

Ultimately, it comes down to house edge, which in roulette is determined by the green zero. Now, hopefully, you can see why the extra green zero in roulette makes all the difference.

The house edge percentage is the amount of money a casino will recoup in the long run. If the house edge of a game is 10%, the expectation is that after an extended period of pay, the house will take $10 of every $100 a player gambles. The house edge changes with the games played, and in slots the term RTP is used interchangeably.

The difference between the two games is drastic when looked from house edge perspective. American roulette comes with a house edge of 5.26% ($5.26 dollars for ever $1000 staked), while single-zero roulette (or European) comes in at 2.70% (or $2.70 for every $100 staked). Which means, after a good session of gaming, American roulette can leave you nearly more than double out of pocket. Of course, if you have a great start you’ll probably stop — after all, quit while you’re ahead — but if you’re not having a great session, the US variety of roulette will cost you more.

And that’s pretty much everything you need to know about American and European roulette. Don’t be a fool and stick to what’s best — European. Good luck at the casino!