French roulette: Vive la difference is what makes this 21 game so exciting

One of the rarer variations on roulette to be found in online casinos, French roulette is simply roulette with a single-zero wheel and four unique wagering opportunities – Grand voisins du zéro, Jeu zéro, Le tiers du cylinder, and Orphelins – that allow the player to cover several numbers simultaneously.
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French roulette – Single-zero roulette with different betting opportunities

It might be most appropriate to refer to French roulette as just simply “roulette”: After all, the modern version of the game was standardized in France in the late 18th century. In fact, the only roulette wheels played in the country at that time contained the 0 and 00 pockets – the variation now known as “American roulette”. Confusing, eh?

To make things simpler, online casinos (and most land-based casinos) today use “French roulette” to refer to a game that has a single zero on the wheel and offers a range of additional combination bets the player may make in addition to the traditional wagers like black/red, even/odd, first 12/second 12/third 12, etc. The French roulette betting options cover wide swathes of the wheel and require multiple chips.

Additional betting options in French roulette are the following:

•  Grand voisins du zéro (literally, “Great cousins of zero”) requires nine chips (or any multiple thereof) to cover 0, 2, 3, 4, 7, 12, 15, 18, 19, 21, 22, 25, 26, 28, 29, 32 and 35.

•  Jeu zéro (or “zero spiel,” perhaps best translated as “zero game”) requires four chips to cover 0, 3, 12, 15, 26, 32 and 35.

•  Le tiers du cylinder (literally, “the third cylinder”) requires six chips to cover 5, 8, 10, 11, 13, 16, 23, 24, 27, 30, 33 and 36.

•  Finally, Orphelins (“orphans”) costs five chips to cover 1, 6, 9, 14, 17, 20, 31 and 34.

“In Vegas, I got into a long argument with the man at the roulette wheel over what I considered to be an odd number.” – Steven Wright
Playing le Jeu zero at the French roulette tables in online casinos