There are not only numerous fundamental differences, but also stylistic differences, that exists between roulette and other casino games. Roulette is not a game that moves along as rapidly as video poker; it is not competitive among players, like table poker. It is not as confrontational as blackjack, not as complicated as craps, not as simplistic as keno.
The legacy of roulette is that it is, and always has been, for the more “sophisticated” crowd; associated with plush casino surroundings, mean in formal wear, women bearing expensive jewels. The perception is that it is not the favored pastime of the beer crowd. Of course, this image is somewhat overblown. The reality is that roulette is a game that is accessible to everyone. But the imagery is such that it does not really rank with the most popular table games – blackjack, craps, or poker – at least in the United States. Roulette is probably more popular in Europe than America.
Perhaps one of the other reasons for that involves the actual apparatus by which the game is played, which is in fact different in Europe. The distinction that is made between European roulette and its American counterpart is that the American version uses both a zero (0) and a double zero (00) on its wheel, while in Europe only the zero is used. The full effect of this difference is something we are going to explore. Suffice it to say, though, that the game appears more advantageous to the player in its European form. Fortunately for people who participate in the game online, both the European and American versions of roulette are offered by many casinos.
Unlike poker, there is very little one can do in the way of skill to shift the tide, so to speak, in a game. Unlike video poker, you can’t take another shot by discarding your original result, in favor of one that might turn out better. Unlike blackjack, you are not in a position to execute strategy moves at every turn, such as Basic Strategy, playing variations, or money management principles, that will do anything to change the outcome. Also, you will not find subtle rules differences that might add something to your edge or reduce the house disadvantage. In roulette, unlike a game of Texas Hold’em, you will not be reacting to anything your “opponents” do.
There are very few decisions to make that will impact the game at all; in fact, there are none, with the exception of one particular bet you should avoid making (we’ll cover that). Whatever you do in roulette, there is nothing you’re going to be able to do to change the long-term odds, even in a minute way, because they are built-in and work virtually the same on every bet. That’s why, in the brick and mortar casino setting, you will notice that the casino is only too happy to allow the player to write down all the results as the wheel keeps spinning. In fact, they’ll even supply the pad and pencil.