Roulette: Betting the Zero

Roulette: Betting the Zero
by Jason Green of

Roulette is such a fun game to play because there are so many bets that you can make. You can make single bets and combination bets, as you have many choices. One of the bets that you can make is betting the zero. The zero is located at the top of the betting table over the 1,2,3 and it is green, while every other number, with the exception of the double zero which is also green, is either red or black.

With the European version of Roulette there is only the one zero, while in the American version there is a single zero and a double zero. The zero on the Roulette wheel is what gives the house the edge. One of the more popular bets with Roulette are the ones that are the easiest to win and have payouts of 1:1, such as the red or black bet, odd or even bet, or the 1-18 or 19-36 bet. Many people who do not know that game think that this is a 50/50 bet, but with the zero on the wheel it makes it a little less, which is why the casino has a slight house edge.


You will not get 50/50 odds when making, for example, the red bet, as even though there are 19 red number and 19 black numbers there is also a green zero, which makes any 1:1 bet a losing one if it hits. You can bet on the green zero and it has a payout of 35:1. Many people will make many bets and then one bet on the zero, as there is no worse feeling when playing Roulette then making a bunch of bets to see the zero come in.

If you like to play Roulette online you should try to find an Internet casino that offers the European version. The reason for this is that the house edge is lower, considering that there is only a single zero rather than a single zero AND a double zero. In European Roulette there is a house edge of 2.7% and with American Roulette there is a house edge of 5.3%.

No matter where or what version of Roulette you play it is important that you are aware table minimum and maximum before you play. The minimum is the minimum amount you can place on one single bet, such as on the zero, and the table maximum is the maximum amount of money that you can bet on one single spin. For example, if you see a table minimum is $1, then $1 is the minimum bet you can make with one single bet. If the table maximum is $100 it means that $100 is the maximum amount you can make on one spin. You can bet $100 on zero or any other single bet or spread your money around the table, but $100 is the max amount you can have spread throughout the Roulette table on one single spin.