Some Las Vegas casinos offer just single 0 roulette

April 02, 2013 3:00 AM


Roulette is a simple game. The dealer spins the ball around the cylinder and whichever number the ball lands on is the winner.

You can pick a number, the color of the number or the sector of the cylinder the ball lands in. Some people love the simplicity of roulette and some people hate it. The simplicity of the game attracts novices and gaming veterans alike while thoughts of the game being evil keep many people away.

The numbers on the roulette table add up to 666, the so-called number of the beast (or the devil). Whatever your take on roulette it is the third most played game in Las Vegas casinos behind baccarat and blackjack. Roulette is now played more than craps, which goes to show that sometimes simplicity of game play (roulette) is more appealing than playing a game with less of a house edge (craps).

Most smart gamblers in America avoid roulette because casinos here have more than doubled the house edge from European roulette – the original roulette game. European roulette only has one zero on the table and wheel. In addition, if the ball lands in zero all even money bets (also called “outside bets”) will only lose half. All even money bets have a 1.3% house edge while all others have a 2.7% house edge.

In most American casinos you’ll find a roulette game that has both a single zero and a double zero which gives the casino a house edge of over 5%. Meeting in the middle, there are single zero roulette games (that don’t offer only 50% losses) in some casinos that offer a 2.7% house edge.

You’ll mostly find double zero roulette as the main roulette game on the casino floor but a few casinos have added single zero and European roulette to offer more variety to their customers. In most casinos you’ll only find the games with the smaller house edge in the high limit area of the casino. Generally, you’ll usually find games with the best odds in a casino in the higher limit areas or rooms. This is specifically the case with blackjack and slot machines.

Roulette may not have the worst house edge in the casino but it doesn’t have anywhere near the best house edge for the player in the casino. Slot machines are the most popular games in the casino and, like roulette, there isn’t much thinking or strategy involved. To go along with that there’s little edge to be found besides choosing the roulette game with the best rules.

Since some casinos offer a variety of roulette games you should check the felt before playing so you know which game you’re playing and what kind of house advantage you’re up against. You may or may not care about the house edge with the games you play in the casino but it’s always nice to know what you’re in for at the casino.

Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gambling and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Follow Marc on twitter @eastcoastgamblr. Check out his blog at Contact Marc at

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