A Look at Roulette in Popular Culture

Roulette is not only one of the more traditional casino games, but it’s also one of the most popular – whether that be playing it in a brick-and-mortar casino or online. Even if you aren’t familiar with the game, or ever played it yourself, it’s easy to conjure up images of placing your chips on the table, the croupier spinning the wheel and imagining the general excitement and thrill surrounding the game. Roulette is something that has appeared more often than not in film, music and by legend. Read on to find out more about Roulette in Popular Culture.

Bond… James Bond

While in the film franchise, we see our favourite secret agent play every casino game under the sun: Roulette, Baccarat, Craps and Poker – you name it, Bond has played it. What most don’t realise is that in the original series of James Bond novels by Ian Fleming, 007 often hits the Roulette table and he even has his favourite number: 17.

The original James Bond, Sean Connery even hit the casino and placed a bet on number 17 – and while he wasn’t successful the first time, he persevered and went on to land number 17 three times in a row!

Considered lucky by many, we don’t know if it’s Bond’s influence or the number’s central location that makes it so popular, but if it’s good enough (and successful enough) for Bond, then why not give it a try when you next play live roulette online.

The infamous Café Americain

The classic film Casablanca was one of the first to feature the game of Roulette and the scene is memorable for a number of reasons. Of course, it doesn’t portray Roulette very accurately, with a bias on the wheel allowing Jan to land his number. It certainly wouldn’t be as easy in reality as it was for Jan in the 1944 Oscar-winning blockbuster.

Owner Rick (played by Humphrey Bogart) famously enters the room at the back of his café, where he sees Jan looking despondent as he’s down to his final chips. “Have you tried 22 tonight?” he asks and then, a little louder, this time for the benefit of the croupier: “I said 22.” Jan places his last three chips on 22, the croupier spins the wheel and bingo – 22 wins. Rick then tells Jan: “Leave it there”, the croupier spins the wheel and lo and behold, 22 lands again. Rick then growls: “Don’t come back”.

The Man that Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo

We need to be transported back to the 19th century to when this legendary figure of the Roulette world was around. In 1891, Charles Wells won an incredible 1 million Francs at the Roulette table – which in today’s money would be an extortionate $13 million!

He made his winnings at a monster 11-hour session at the tables of casinos on the French Riviera. He even possessed a deadly winning streak – landing 23 out of 30 consecutive spins to boost his winnings. But not content with 1 million Francs worth of winnings, he returned and made another million.

Legend says that sometimes he won all of the money in the casino, so the croupier had to cover the Roulette wheel with a black cloth to indicate it was out of service until more money could be obtained. In which case, we aren’t surprised that the popular British music hall song by Fred Gilbert was inspired by Wells… he really was ‘The man that broke the bank at Monte Carlo’.

What’s the difference between American and English roulette?

What’s the difference between the American and English roulette games?

Well, go on, how much do you think you know about the devil’s game? Did you even know it’s sometimes referred to as the “devil’s game”? Are you wondering how this nickname came about?

If you add up all the numbers on the roulette wheel, they sum up to 666. That’s why it’s sometimes referred to as the devils game. See, you’ve just learnt something new today – and that’s usually my happiness; seeing my readers getting informed on something new.

Still on the happiness topic, I’ve prepared a brief guide that will help the novice players get to grips on all the differences between American and English roulette; hopefully enabling you to enjoy playing the game.

But before we get to the finer details, let’s have a look define the American and English roulettes using their subtle features.

English Roulette

It’s commonly referred to as the European roulette online and it’s the variant that most players are more accustomed to. English Roulette features 18 black numbers, and 18 red numbers on the wheel, with a single zero which appears as a green. In total, the English roulette wheel has a total of 37 slots.

American Roulette

The American roulette variant is the second most played version of roulette online after the English roulette. The game has all the features similar to the English roulette; in terms of the black and red numbers, with the only main difference coming in the zeroes. Unlike the European roulette, it has both the single green zero as well as an extra double zero, which is marked in green too. This makes the total number of slots on the American roulette wheel to 38.

The difference between the two versions and the best option for you!

Let’s take a look at how the main differences between these two popular versions of roulette influence game play and which version of the two you should start playing.

The Extra Number

As already mentioned, American roulette has an extra 00 numbers, which gives it an extra number on the wheel. Novice players might think this is a good thing, given that players will have more betting options to choose from, but on the contrary, it’s a bad thing. How?

The extra 00 increases the house edge on the American version. The English version has a house edge of 2.7%, while the American version has a house edge of 5.26%. When playing any casino game, including roulette, the house edge simply refers to advantage the online casino has over on each bet you place and when applied on a large scale, it means that you’ll be losing £2.70 for every £100 you stake on English Roulette and £5.26 on the American version.

A higher house edge on the game means less chances of winning. However, for those who love taking large risks, it could mean better odds because the American version usually has better payouts as compared to the English version.

The En Prison Bet

This bet can only be placed on the English roulette and it offers you with an opportunity of recovering your stake after you spin a zero as the outcome. However, there’s a condition attached to it; you have to place an even money bet i.e., odd-even, red-black, etc. This bet will be placed ‘en prison’ and then carried over to the next spin. Should your bet win on the next spin, your initial stake will be refunded but if you lose, the bet shall be forfeited.

As mentioned, this bet is only offered on the English Roulette games and it’s not available on the American Roulette variants.

This article provides some additional key differences between the two.

So which is the best game for you?

It has been said from time to time that the best option as you play mobile or online roulette is to avoid the American version! If you are a novice player, then playing European roulette absolutely makes sense, but even the savvy players shun the American version because it remains harder to win.

All in all, the English Roulette version is the clear winner for all and luckily, you can play different versions of the game online.