Roulette is one of the oldest and most popular casino games. The game is played by spinning a ball on a wheel and betting on where the ball will land. The European roulette wheel is numbered from 1 to 36, with an additional green pocket labelled "0", and the American roulette has numbers 1 to 37 with two green pockets labelled "0" and "00".
These green pockets can be a player's worst enemy but offer a generous payout. The green payout refers to the payout you receive if you place a bet on the green pocket in the roulette wheel.
But how do these green payouts differ in both American and European roulette? Continue reading our blog to find out.
American roulette is a version of the game that has a double green pocket with "0" and "00". The addition of a second green pocket increases the chances of losing all other bets. However, the green payout remains the same, paying out at 35:1 for betting on one of the zero pockets. If you place a split bet on both green pockets, you could win a payout of 17:1.
That means if you bet £5 on green and you won, your payout would be £175. However, despite the generous payout, you should be aware that betting on green in American Roulette is not a good long-term strategy as the chances of losing are much higher compared to other types of bets like even or odds or red or black.
There is only one green pocket in European roulette - a single zero. That means if the ball lands in the green pocket, the house takes all bets except for the bet on the green pocket.
The payout for betting on green remains the same as American Roulette, with odds of 35:1. However, the house edge in European Roulette is lower compared to American Roulette, and you have a better chance of winning your bets.
In French roulette, players have a chance to potentially recoup their lost bets through the En Prison rule and La Partage rule, which involve the green pockets. Although finding tables with these rules is becoming increasingly difficult as French roulette is not offered in many casinos and slot sites.
These rules come into effect if you make a bet and the ball lands in the green pocket. With the En Prison rule, your wager is held for the next spin, and if your bet wins this time, you get your stake back. With the La Partage rule, you lose half of your bet, but the other half is returned to you before the next spin.
In conclusion, the payout for betting on a single green in roulette is 35:1, the same as any other straight-up bet. Some players choose to bet on green as a way to mitigate their losses, but the odds of the ball landing on the green pocket are relatively low.
There is no right or wrong way to play roulette, and betting on the green is no exception. If you want to include it as part of your strategy, that's your decision.
For example, the James Bond betting strategy includes a small bet on the green and a few other bets repeated on every spin. Just be aware of the higher potential of loss compared to other bets.
*All values (Bet Levels, Maximum Wins, etc.) mentioned in relation to this game are subject to change at any time.