The Zero on Roulette

Roulette is one of the oldest known games still played at the casino, with a staying power that spans hundreds of years. Why? Because it’s one of the most exciting games at the casino, a game based purely on the luck of where the ball will land. The bets are placed around the felt of the betting area, the ball is spun around the reel, it comes to clacking stop, everyone holds their breath, and it lands on… the green 0! What does that mean, where will it mean something, and how can we avoid having this be a bad thing?

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Why It’s There

The green zero pocket is there to give the casino a house edge over the player. When a player bets on the 1 to 1 payout black or red, odd or even outside bets, they have an equal chance of the ball landing in a red or a black pocket, but if the ball lands in a green zero 0 pocket, all outside bets are lost. Some variations have one single green 0 pocket, while American Roulette has two green 0 pockets. The more green pockets there are, the higher the casino’s house edge. Even American Roulette has one of the lowest house edges in the casino, but French Roulette has a house edge that’s as close to 0% as you’ll see.

Where You’ll See It

The green 0 pocket is on every variation of Roulette, because it’s the only place where the house edge comes into play. The casino isn’t going to offer a game where they’re going to have an equal or — my god could you imagine — better chance of beating the casino. So, since you’ll see it in every variation of Roulette, that means you’ll fine two green 0 pockets in American Roulette, and one green 0 pocket in European, French, Miniature, Multi-Reel, and Multi-Ball Roulette. If it says “Roulette,” you’ll find a green zero pocket.

How to Avoid Losing On It

There are a couple ways to avoid losing on the green zero pocket. For one thing, avoid playing American Roulette at all costs! If they offer European or French Roulette, American is there strictly for the players that don’t know not to play it. Now, when you play European Roulette, you could always bet on the green zero pocket every time. For example, if you are betting on the outside pockets at $10 at a time, you could place a $1 bet on the green zero pocket every time as an insurance bet. If you win the 1 to 1 payout, you win $9, and if you win the insurance bet, you win $24. Also, if you play French Roulette, you will have half of your losses returned to you if the ball lands in the green 0 pocket, so if there’s an option to play French Roulette (it’s relatively rare), you should always, always play that variation, and nothing else.

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