Fancy playing roulette but unsure on which kind of wheel you’d rather play on for the best results? There are two types of roulette wheels, the American wheel and the European wheel, and the key difference between them is that the American wheel has a double 0 on the wheel and the European as a single 0. Many players swear by the American wheel but if you ask the experts, it’s the European wheel you should be playing on if you want better odds of winning. Why is this you might ask? Let’s take a closer look at the American roulette wheel to discover the subtle difference and latest roulette strategies that can have a big impact on the game.
First and foremost, let’s look at how roulette is played, both the American and European versions. Roulette is a simple game to play and that is probably why it has been so successful throughout the ages and why it has stood the test of time and made it’s way over the pond to American. Your aim is to predict which number pocket the roulette ball is going to land in – the ball will be rolled around the wheel in the opposite direction that the wheel is spinning until gravity helps dictate where the ball lands as the wheel gradually slow down – causing much anticipation for players!
Now onto the specifics of the differences in the wheels – both wheels have the green coloured slot which has the number zero on it which essentially means a loss on each possible bet with the exception of bets placed on the actual slot. However, the American wheel has an extra green zero pocket that has a double zero, once again meaning a loss on all possible bets except for bets made directly on the double zero. Some players who are not in favour of the American roulette wheel say “would you rather have one hole in the head, or two holes in the head?” to describe why it would make no sense to choose the American roulette wheel over the European roulette wheel, which is their metaphorical one hole in the head instead of two (the American wheel)! This is because with the addition of an extra number (00) on the American wheel, means that with 38 numbers the odds of winning at 1-38, whereas on the European roulette wheel it is 1-37 as there are only 37 numbers.
America has brought the world a lot of great things, Nasa, innovative artificial intelligence, pop tarts… But their version of the roulette wheel really isn’t one of them, unfortunately! Essentially, the American roulette wheel has greater risks for the same rewards as the European roulette wheel, so unless you’re an extremely patriotic American who loves roulette, it really is a no brainer which roulette wheel you should choose to play on for the best results! After all, roulette is a game of chance at the end of the day and there is little to no skill or strategy in the game, so you’ve got to give yourself the best possible odds, which unfortunately doesn’t lie with the American roulette wheel!
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