What is Jeu Zero?
Jeu Zero is an optional roulette bet made on a run of numbers as they appear on the wheel. It is also referred to as ‘zero game’ or ‘zero spiel’ and more commonly, the German bet. It is similar in nature to the other ‘voisins’ bets, collectively called the ‘French bets’. Jeu zero betting covers the numbers 12-35-3-26-0-32-15, and the selection falls in the center of the complete voisins du zéro set. The bet is called by the player and set by the dealer. The number 26 is paid out at 36:1, while all other numbers come in at 18:1.
Jeu Zero Explained
In order to make the jeu zero or ‘zero game’ bet, players must announce their intention to the dealer and provide four chips (or multiples thereof) to cover each element of the bet. The bet is made on the zero of the roulette wheel and on the set of numbers surrounding it – collectively, the 12, 35, 3, 26, 0, 32 and 15. If any of these numbers lands on the wheel, the player is paid at 18:1 – unless the 26 comes in, in which case the bet pays a huge 36:1 (the equivalent of a straight singles bet).
The four elements of a jeu zero bet are the 0-3 split, the 12-15 split, the 32-35 split and the 26 single bet. There is also a variant known as the ‘zero spiel naca’, which includes an extra singles bet on the 19. Some of these split and single bets form part of the 17-number ‘grands voisins du zéro’ or ‘neighbors of zero’, which is a 9-chip bet based on the same principles. Not all casinos offer the jeu zero bet, and it appears most frequently in casinos across continental Europe. Jeu zero bets are based on a European roulette wheel, which features one zero – as opposed to the two used in American roulette.
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