For the absolute beginners in the exciting world of roulette gambling, there are no noticeable differences between different types of wheels, but upon closer inspection of the roulette wheels, the differences become more evident. Probably the first decision that any roulette player needs to make is to choose between the two main types of roulette – European roulette and American roulette – since they are constructed with the two main types of roulette wheels.

Roulette Wheel Explained

Probably the biggest difference between the two types of roulette wheels is that the American wheel has an additional zero on the cylinder, which gives a bigger advantage to the casino. This fact should probably make players keep away from this roulette wheel, but there is a great number of casino players that still choose to bet their money on this type of wheel, mainly due to the fact that there are no alternatives in such countries as the USA.

In these countries, the majority of land-based casinos only use roulette wheels with two zeros. An interesting historical fact is that the first roulette wheel, which was introduced in France, was constructed with two zeros, but that was changed when the casino houses from Germany wanted to be more competitive and attract more players by introducing the roulette wheel with only one zero.

American Roulette Wheel Explained

The total number of pockets on the American roulette wheel is 38 with numbers ranging from 0 to 36, plus the above-mentioned additional 00 number. Half of these pockets (18) are red, the other 18 are painted black, while the colour of the two pockets featuring 0 and 00 are in green colour.

Speaking of the green zero pockets, they are positioned at the opposite sides on the wheel, just like the consecutive numbers, while no adjacent same colour numbers can be found nowhere on the wheel. The American roulette wheel has the following counterclockwise sequence of numbers: 0, 2, 14, 35, 23, 4, 16, 33, 21, 6, 18, 31, 19, 8, 12, 29, 25, 10, 27, 00, 1, 13, 36, 24, 3, 15, 34, 22, 5, 17, 32, 20, 7, 11, 30, 26, 9, and 28.

European Roulette Wheel Explained

As stated in the sections above, the European or French roulette wheel makes use of only a single zero, which definitely makes it a better choice for players who want to offset the variance effect. With the European wheel, the house advantage is slightly decreased and in the long run, their clients will be winning significantly more.

The zero pocket is also green and the remaining 36 numbers are divided into 2 groups of 18, with one half being black and the other half red. The counterclockwise sequence of numbers on the European roulette wheel has the following order: 0, 32, 15, 19, 4, 21, 2, 25, 17, 34, 6, 27, 13, 36, 11, 30, 8, 23, 10, 5, 24, 16, 33, 1, 20, 14, 31, 9, 22, 18, 29, 7, 28, 12, 35, 3, and 26.