French Roulette – How to Play Online

Alexandr Oleynik

Blockchain gaming specialist

Dec 15, 2023

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Roulette is one of the most popular casino games. There are several types of it, including the French version. The rules of the game are easy to understand even for beginners. Essentially, French roulette looks similar to the European and American versions. The main difference is in the design of the gaming table: outside bets are indicated only in French. There are also several additional features and rules.

As for how to play traditional table games like roulette online, the scheme is quite simple: participants place bets, trying to guess in which sector the ball will stop. When all bets are made, the dealer spins the wheel and drops the ball on it. After the wheel stops, the dealer determines the winner and pays out the winnings.

Like any other online casino game, French roulette has two possible versions. Free play is a good way to understand the rules, remember betting options, or just pass the time. Only after passing sufficient training, you can move to a new level and start playing for real money – place bets and win.

But if you want to play something exciting and profitable, French roulette for money is what you need. Such a game is much more tempting, since the possible RTP (Return to Player – the percentage of return of the slot to the player) is almost 98%, which is quite a high figure. 

In this article, you will learn more about how to play roulette online, as well as discover useful secrets and tricks.


All online versions of French roulette are based on modern 3D graphics that realistically convey the live game. You can play for free in the so-called demo version (looks identical to the real one). 

The wheel in French roulette is no different from European, and contains 37 cells, numbered from 0 to 36. The numbers are in random order. An important condition is the knowledge of the French bet names.

The French version has special rules that increase the interest of players:

  • La Partage – returns the player half of the bet on equal chances;

According to the La Partage rule, when zero comes up, only half of the bet is lost. The second half of the roulette bet is returned to the player (if playing online) or remains on the table (if the player is in a real casino).

The share of the casino in the French version is the same as in the European version – 2.7%, and with the La Partage rule it drops to 1.35%. At first glance, the difference seems small, but with a long game, the chances of your winnings increase significantly.

  • En Prison (“prison”) – “locks” all chips placed on equal chances until the next draw.

This rule, similar to the previous one, applies to outside bets that, if successful, pay out evenly. In bets on equal chances, they do not lose immediately – they are closed for the next round of the game. If you win the bet a second time, the dealer will refund your original bet in full. Thus, the player breaks even without winning or losing money.


The course of the game looks like this:

  1. Everyone makes bets – these can be standard inside bets (numbers) with higher payouts, but with a lower probability of winning. And also external ones, which are much easier to get, but the payouts are proportionately lower.
  2. Next, the roulette wheel spins, on which the ball is thrown.
  3. The winnings are paid out to players who are lucky enough to guess the number correctly. And losing bets are taken away.

Next, let’s talk about the strategies that experienced players use not only in French roulette, but also in other options for playing online or in a real casino.


The essence of this system is to double the bet after each loss, and return to the original size after a win. This means that when you win, you return all the lost money. However, many online roulette players consider this principle of the game quite risky.


According to this progressive strategy, when you lose, your next bet should be the sum of the previous two. The sequence of numbers looks like this: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21 and so on. The system allows you to play almost endlessly, most often winning.


Players start with smaller bets. After winning, the bet is doubled. If you win 3 times in a row, you need to collect your winnings and start over. If the bet was losing, you lose only the first bet. The strategy helps to win large sums in online roulette by making smaller bets. In addition, it significantly reduces losses. 


This system is based on a balance between losers and winners. If you lose, you should increase the bet size by one unit, and if you win, lower it by the same unit. Statistics have shown that after a loss, the probability of winning increases.

Fixed Rates

The strategy, also known as flat betting, is used by players who want to play longer and bet less. In this system, players repeatedly bet the same amount of money. Also suitable for those who prefer to make minimum bets in online roulette.

French Roulette FAQs

How many numbers are in French Roulette?

The game is played on a standard European wheel, which has 37 divisions, on which you can find numbers from 1 to 36, as well as the number “0”. The numbers from 1 to 36 are alternately colored red and black, and the “zero” is marked in green.

What is the difference between the French and European roulette versions?

The French version is considered more favorable for real money players than the European version. The second difference is related to the introduction of the so-called “prison” rule.

What are the most common numbers on roulette?

If you ask any croupier what is the most popular number in roulette, he will surely come up with the number 17. This number has been at the center of some of the staggering historical roulette wins.

Can online casinos interfere with the Martingale strategy?

The Martingale system is not illegal and is not prohibited for use in online roulette. But if you have a good winning streak, then there are often wagering caps.

Can a casino control roulette?

No, the casino does not control where the ball will land. What’s more, they do everything in their power to ensure that the ball lands as randomly as possible.

Are roulette spins random?

Each spin of the roulette wheel is completely random. All spins of the roulette wheel are independent of each other and have nothing to do with the history of previous spins.

Alexandr Oleynik

Blockchain gaming specialist


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