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The casinos of Paris may be a long way from South Africa, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy one of the city’s finest exports: French Roulette. This classic casino game has been around for hundreds of years and players across South Africa are invited to spin the wheel right here at our online casino.

In this guide, we’ll prepare you for your table game experience with a complete guide to French Roulette, including tips, strategies, rules, payouts, and betting options.

Rules: How to Play French Roulette

To play French Roulette, just fund your account, set a budget, and start placing those chips. Once you place your bets, the wheel will spin, the ball will drop, and wherever that ball settles becomes the winning number!

The only thing you need to know is where to place those chips. Many novice players stick with outside bets and single number bets, as these are the most basic. To bet on Black, for instance, you just place your chips on the big square marked “Black”. To bet on the number 20, just stack them on the “20” number square.

Other bets can be a little more complicated though and many inexperienced players don’t even know they exist!

  • A Bet on 2 Numbers: Place chips on the line between your two chosen numbers, such as the vertical line between numbers alongside each other or the horizontal line between numbers stacked on top of each other.
  • A Bet on 3 Numbers: The line before a set of three numbers, such as 1, 2, and 3.
  • A Bet on 4 Numbers: The center point or “corner” that connects four numbers. Imagine your numbers as a square and place it on the point in the middle.
  • A Bet on 6 Numbers: Works like a bet on 3 numbers, but is placed on the line between two banks of 3.
  • A Column: The board has three columns of 12 numbers each. Place your chips at the bottom of these columns (opposite the “0”) to wager on that specific set of numbers.

Special French Roulette Features

Special bets are what make the game of French Roulette unique, adding an extra dimension for players to explore. These unique features include:

La Partage Rule

“En Prison” isn’t the only French Roulette feature that halves the house edge. There’s also something known as “La Partage”, which translates as “The Divide”.

When La Partage is active, all even-money bets that land on green have 50% of their stake returned. The dealer effectively “divides” the total stake, keeping half for themselves and returning the other half to the player.

Announced Bets

Roulette has “Call Bets” and “Announced Bets”. With the former, the player announces which bets they want to place without adding their chips to the board. They essentially tell the croupier which bets they want to make, and the croupier marks those bets for them.

As this is a form of casino credit, it’s often reserved for high limit tables and is actually illegal in some countries. In the UK, for instance, casinos are not allowed to accept bets on credit, so Call Bets cannot be placed.

An Announced Bet works in a similar way, but the player adds the required amount of chips to the table. No credit is accepted and so the bet is legal in all countries and is more common at lower stake tables.

Name of Bet Chips Numbers Description
Voisins du Zero 9 1 Chip on 4/7, 12/15, 18/21, 19/22, 32/35 and 2 Chips on 0/2/3, 25/26/28/29 Translates as “neighbours of zero”
Jeu 7/9 6 7/8, 8/9, 17/18, 19, 27, 28/29 “Game 7/9”. 6 bets, with two single numbers and the rest as splits.
Orphelins en Plein 8 1, 6, 9, 14, 17, 20, 31, 34 “Orphans in the open”. A bet on the numbers not featured elsewhere, with 8 straight number bets.
Orphelins a Cheval 5 1, 6/9, 14/17, 17/20, 31/34 “Orphans on horseback”. A bet on the numbers not featured elsewhere, posted as a single on 1 and splits on all others.
Finales a Cheval 0/1 5 0/1, 10/11, 20/21, 30 and 31 A bet on all number splits that end in “0” and “1”.
Finales en Plein 0 4 0, 10, 20 and 30 A bet on all numbers that end in “0”.
Tiers du Cylindre 6 5/8, 10/11, 13/16, 23/24, 27/30, 33/36 “Thirds of the wheel”. Covers all numbers opposite “0”, with 6 chips placed on splits.

Tips and Strategy

Prepare for a session of French Roulette by keeping the followings tips in mind:

  1. Set a Bankroll: A bankroll helps you to stay within your limits, making sure you don’t risk more money than you can afford to lose. You can set a weekly or monthly bankroll, with the goal being to avoid depositing more than this money during your chosen period. We have deposit limits to help you stick to your bankroll, and you can also find helpful tips on our Responsible Gaming page.
  2. Choose the Right Game: As noted in this guide, no two variants of Roulette are the same. Some have jackpots, some give you more than one wheel to bet on, and the house edge can vary from between 1.35% to 5.26%. To give yourself the best chance of winning, choose the game that has the lowest house edge and the features you’re most comfortable with.
  3. Bet According to the Odds: Adjust your stake based on the bets you’re making. For instance, if you typically bet $10 at a time and $200 over a session, you may want to reduce your stake to just $1 or $2 when placing inside bets and $10 or more for outside bets. This strategy keeps your balance stable and prevents spiraling losses.
  4. Roulette Strategies: As it’s a game of chance, you can’t guarantee success at the Roulette table, but there are a few strategies that players swear by. This includes the Martingale Strategy, whereby you double your bets when you lose and return to your starting stake when you win.

French Roulette Odds and Payouts

All Roulette variants use a similar wheel and betting board and you can place many of the same bets. However, there are some slight variations that change the odds and make some games more appealing than others.

French Roulette, for instance, contains a single green zero square and this reduces the house edge to 2.7%, close to half of the 5.26% provided by American Roulette, which has two of these spaces.

This green square essentially provides the casino’s edge for all outside bets, which includes Black/Red and Odd/Even.

As an example, when you place a bet on Black, you get a 1 to 1 payout, and if there were only Black and Red squares (18 of each) you’d have a 50% chance. It’s like flipping a coin. But the addition of a green square throws a spanner in the works and reduces that 50% chance to just 48.6%. That’s 48.6% for Red and 48.6% for Black, with the remainder serving as the casino’s edge.

French Roulette RTP

As noted above, French Roulette has just one green zero square, which keeps the house edge to 2.7%. Some games also have a rule known as “En Prison”, so-called because the player’s bet is “imprisoned” for a spin if they place an outside bet and the ball lands on green.

If you bet on Red and the ball hit green, your bet remains active for one more spin and you’re given a chance to get your stake back. If the next spin shows Black, you lose; if it shows Red, your stake is returned.

The imprisonment rule reduces the house edge by half, which means it falls to just 1.35% for French Roulette.

Bonuses and Promotions

All ZA players are invited to collect a deposit bonus and take part in our loyalty scheme, and that is just scratching the surface. We have many more bonuses available targeted to new players and loyal players alike, slot fans and Roulette aficionados. Take a look at our promotions page to learn more about our current bonuses.

French Roulette FAQs:

  1. How Is French Roulette Played?

    Just place your bets, spin the wheel, and wait! That’s all there is to it. You can use this guide to help you navigate your way around the Roulette table.
  2. Do Many South Africans Play French Roulette Online?

    In recent years, South Africa has experienced a notable increase in online gambling activity, and for many, ZA has been the destination of choice. French Roulette is a game that traverses many languages, countries, and cultures—one that can be enjoyed everywhere and by everyone.

    We host countless South African players every single day, with games, bonuses, and banking options explicitly tailored to players from this country.
  3. How Does French Roulette Differ From American Roulette?

    French Roulette odds range from a low of 1.35% to a high of 2.7%, while American Roulette comes in at around 5.26%. As a result, your odds of winning are nearly twice as high on French Roulette, potentially increasing your payouts during an extended gaming session.

    It’s worth noting that while American Roulette was created in the US, single-zero games of Roulette are just as common in the States as they are elsewhere.
  4. What Are The French Roulette Odds Like For Players?

    Most bets return a house edge of 2.7%, but this drops to just 1.35% for outside bets placed on games that feature the “En Prison” rule.
  5. Is It The Same As European Roulette?

    There can be some differences in the layout of the betting board, but the main difference is that Roulette introduces the La Partage rule.
  6. How Can I Play French Roulette For Real Money?

    You can play real money Roulette at ZA. Once you join and deposit, you’re all set to place your wagers. Just set your budget, make sure you stick to it, and enjoy French Roulette on mobile and desktop.
  7. Can I play French Roulette on my mobile?

    Yes, you can. You won’t have to download any special software to play progressive slot games on a mobile device. All you need is a stable internet connection and a ZA account to play for real money.

Help and Support

Need a little help with your chosen games of French Roulette? Try the following helpful options:

  • Game File: All casino games have help files. Access these by clicking the “info” icon in the top left to learn about features and rules.
  • Customer Support: Our Customer Support team can be accessed via Live Chat, phone, and email, and are ready to help with whatever issues you have.
  • Live Dealer: In Live Casino games of French Roulette, you can speak with the dealer directly, enquiring about rules, features, and more.

Play French Roulette for Real Money

Now that you know everything about French Roulette, there’s only one thing left to do: Play! Sign up for a ZA account today, collect your Welcome Package bonus, and start placing your bets.

And once you’ve enjoyed our many French Roulette titles, you can peruse our many other table games and our vast and ever-expanding selection of real money slot machines. There’s always something new to explore at ZA and all games are available across South Africa!