What is Single Zero Roulette? (Payouts & Strategy)

26 May 2020
Aaron Braund 26 May 2020
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Single Zero Roulette is one of the most favourable roulette games. Here we take a look at the odds & optimal strategies you can use.
Single Zero Roulette
Single zero roulette is the main game played in European offline and online casinos. As the name suggests, it's a roulette wheel with a single zero pocket. Compared to its American Roulette counterpart, it boasts a lower house edge and higher RTP. Therefore, it is a popular choice for savvy roulette players.

In this short guide, we are going to show you why single zero is the optimal roulette choice - and show you some strategy.

Single Zero Roulette Payouts

The odds of winning on single zero roulette (also known as French Roulette) depends on the part of the table you are betting on. Here are the payouts for a roulette wheel with a single zero pocket:

Bet Type
Even1 to 1
Odd1 to 1
Red1 to 1
Black1 to 1
Low (1-18)1 to 1
High (19 - 36)1 to 1
1st 122 to 1
2nd 122 to 1
3rd 122 to 1
Six numbers5 to 1
Four numbers8 to 1
Three numbers11 to 1
Two numbers17 to 1
Single number35 to 1

What is the difference between American Roulette and French Roulette?

The only difference is the inclusion of a double zero pocket on the American wheel. This single addition doubles the house edge and lowers your probabilities of winning on all bets.

Our recommendation is to always play a single zero roulette game where possible. The house edge is lower - and the returns will be better. It also the optimal wheel for an even-money betting strategy.

It is easy to find single-zero wheels at European casinos. In Vegas, these games are available, but they are usually high limit tables.

Single Zero Roulette Strategy

The best way to win on a single zero roulette wheel is to use a red/black betting system. Any even money strategy will give you A) the best returns and B) have the most sustainable outcome.

The strategy is simple, you place your bets on either the red or black. You can change your betting place as you play. You can even choose odds/even or high/low. All of these places have the same "even" chance of winning.

For this strategy, you want to choose a French Roulette wheel with the La Partage rule active. This way, you keep half of your stakes on a zero pocket result, mean you reduce the house edge to just 1.35%.

These even money positions are sometimes referred to as the outside. This is a portion of the table (found on the outside of the betting table) which focuses on groups of numbers. These spaces have the highest chances of winning.

What's better: American Roulette or European Roulette

Single zero roulette is better - it offers better returns and has a lower house edge. You have a higher chance of winning on this wheel.

Which roulette games have a single zero?

Any European or French roulette game will be played on a single zero wheel.

What is the house edge of a single zero roulette wheel?

The house edge is 2.70%. For comparison, an American Roulette wheel has a house edge of 5.26%.