The Zero and Double Zero in Roulette | What’s the Difference?

If there is one number that leaves no one indifferent in roulette, it is the wild zero. An endless number of emotions are produced when the ball lands in the green square. A square that represents the great difference between European Roulette and American Roulette. As we will detail below. 

But first of all, the best thing to do is to get to know the zero and double 0 in roulette as it deserves for your next online casino adventure.

What is Zero and Double Zero in Roulette?

The 0 and 00 in roulette represent much more than just two numbers on their respective wheels. Many strategies do not usually take into account this square (squares in the case of American roulette) in the form of zero (or double zero also in American roulette). But when it comes down to it, statistics say that these numbers must also be taken into account in order to obtain bigger winnings.

It is not enough to take into account from 1 to 36, we must also focus our objective on the zero (0) and double zero (00). Because of the probability of profit it represents.

History of 0 in Roulette

The history of roulette or the little wheel, as the French called it, can be traced back to ancient Rome and China. Where people were already betting on a spinning wheel. However, it is difficult to be certain when and where roulette as such was invented. It is believed that between the 16th and 17th centuries, a board game such as Biribi was the inspiration for the creation of roulette by Blaise Pascal.

Historians say that in 1645, this French mathematician was in the process of developing a perpetual motion device and ended up inventing the modern roulette wheel. The rules of the game were very similar to those we play today. Pascal designed a roulette wheel with 36 numbers (without the zero). In which a balance is mathematically established in the position in which each number is placed.

It was not until 1842 that the Blanc brothers made a modification to the roulette wheel and added a new number, the 0. The Monte Carlo Casino was the first to offer a roulette wheel with the characteristics we know today. With a prize ratio of 1/37. At that time, the roulette wheel arrived in the USA. Where the Americans made a small variation, not liking the European roulette wheel, and introduced the double zero 00.

The 0 in European/French Roulette

European roulette contains numbers between 1 and 36, plus the number zero. These 36 numbers can be classified into: 18 red and 18 black numbers (alternating in roulette). While the zero is found in green.

The Double 00 in American Roulette

Traditional American roulette is found in the United States and is made up of 38 squares. Two of which are made up of zeros. The zero (0) and the double zero (00) and the rest are numbers ranging from 1 to 36.

The 0, is it the Main Casino's Advantage?

Throughout this post, we have noticed the benefits that a player can get if he takes into account the 0 in his roulette bets. However, getting a bigger reward depends on whether we choose a roulette wheel with one zero or two.

For example, playing European Roulette has a higher payout for the user (97.3%) compared to American Roulette (94.74%). According to the theoretical percentage of the player's return. The player's advantage over the casino's advantage is much higher in one 0 Roulette than in two 00 Roulette.


Ben Williams

Content Writer

Ben grew up in a small beach town on the Coromandel Peninsula. He spent most of his childhood surfing and playing rugby. After graduating from university in Auckland, he moved to Australia to work for a startup. He returned to New Zealand a few years later and started working in the iGaming industry.

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