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French Roulette

Play French Roulette for real!

No matter if you are a beginner or an advanced roulette player, French Roulette is recommended for everyone! With a minimum bet of 1.00 and a maximum bet of 500.00, all players should be comfortable with this classic roulette game. Those who know how to play European Roulette, will know how to play the French version too. The game rules of French Roulette are just about the same as those of European Roulette.

French Roulette game rules

The aim of the game isn’t that hard to follow as it’s up to you to predict in which slot the ball will drop after it jumped through the roulette wheel. You will find out after you’ve placed one or more bets on the roulette table.

Just as European Roulette, French Roulette offers the numbers 0-37. Half of them are red and the other half black. Except for one number, simply because the zero colours the fresh green colour.

Usually, this will be the case on both, the roulette wheel and the table. However, the French Roulette tables show all table numbers in red and green, while the roulette wheel does show the original colours. Not the end of the world. Green is black and the other way around. If mixed up, the numbers lead you to the right colour anyway.

Besides the 37 numbers you can bet on while playing French Roulette, you can also choose to place your chips on the outside bets. These are exactly the same as with European Roulette. They have different names, though, as you decided to play the French variant.

This simply means NetEnt uses the French names. If your French isn’t that impressive, the numbers lead you. If this doesn’t make sense either, a detailed description of all types of bets are hidden under the question mark at the left bottom of the game.


Just as all roulette games designed by Net Entertainment also French Roulette offers you a billboard, displaying the number stack, the winning number presentation, and casino roulette statistics. Not only is the billboard showing hot and cold numbers, it also gives you the opportunity to place bets on them using the numbers from the billboard. The billboard number stack displays the history of the previous 14 winning numbers, of which the red coloured numbers belong to the red number set, the yellow numbers to the black set, while the one and only green number is the zero.

At the bottom of this board, you can also see the percentages of how often certain numbers occurs. The first bar shows the percentages of the odd and even numbers, while the red and black coloured bar shows the percentages of the red and black coloured numbers. The amount in the middle, often the lowest, refers to the zero.

History French Roulette

European Roulette is the most popular roulette version. You can play it in both land-based casinos and online casinos. The French variant could have been the original European Roulette version. After all, it was invented earlier.

But if thinking logically, both versions can be called French Roulette or European Roulette. Why? Simply because the first roulette became available in 18th century France.

It seems that even a century earlier, a kind of the same game was introduced by Blaise Pascal in his search for a perpetual motion machine.

The history of roulette also tells us this popular table game is a combination of other very old games such Roly-Poly, Ace of Hearts and E.O..

True or not, the form as we play it nowadays has been described in a novel called La Roulette, ou le Jour by Jaques Lablee. It describes a roulette wheel in the Palais Royal in Paris in 1796.

French vs American

If you ask me, the French Roulette is also the European Roulette and the other way around. The same goes for the double 00, known as the American Roulette. This while the roulette game as described in the book, has two zero options too; 0 and 00.

The origin of the roulette game is quite confusing. The aim of the game is very clear. It’s up to you to predict the right number. And while Blackjack involves skills too, Roulette is a game of luck. However, I do believe that the right combination of different bets can increase your chances to win.

The best way to try out the different types of bets is to play the French Roulette as a free casino game. It’s the perfect way to find out how to play this popular table game. Especially when you aren’t that familiar with roulette yet.

The moment you got to know the game, this pretty standard roulette game is recommended as the next step. Make sure you start with the French Roulette Low Limit version.

French Roulette FAQ

The RTP of NetEnts French Roulette is 97.3%.
There is no difference in the game or the rules of the game. French Roulette just has a different table layout than European Roulette and the winning numbers are spoken in French rather than English. Apart from that there is absolutely no difference in the game or even the way it is played.
This has to do with available space in a physical brick and mortar casino. A French Roulette table is a lot larger than a standard European Roulette table as it is operated by four croupiers instead of one. A French Roulette table has two croupiers on either side of the cylinder to change money into jetons (chips) and two at the bottom end of the table to place the jetons.
Yes, NetEnts French Roulette can be played for free for as long as you may desire.
This depends on the setting that the casino operator has set. In general when playing French Roulette the minimum stake is €/£/$ 0.10 and the maximum is €/£/$ 100.00 on straight bets. This can obviously vary per casino, depending on the risk appetite of the casino where you prefer to play.