Chemin de Fer & French Roulette,
When to Break Down a Stack of Cheques,
& Your Questions


Chemin de Fer & French Roulette

Q: “Besides blackjack and American Roulette, the casino in which I use to gamble also offers French Roulette and Chemin de Fer. Both games appeared to be pretty intimidating, either because it was operated by 3 dealers at once, like with French Roulette, or it looked like a high-stake game with complicated rules. I therefore would like to know where the difference between this and the versions I am familiar with, which is American Roulette and Punto Banco. Greetings from Germany!”

A: French Roulette and American Roulette are basically the same game but with a few variations. French Roulette will have 3 dealers managing the game while players are able to bet from both sides of the table; whereas, American Roulette will usually have between 1 to 2 dealers managing The bottom of a French Roulette table the game while players are only able to bet from one side of the table. Both layouts have 36 numbers and pretty much all of the bets are the same, except they’re located in different areas. American Roulette exchanges monetary value cheques for worthless colored cheques which make it easier for everyone to determine which bet belong to what player. In contrast, French Roulette uses the same monetary value cheques as the rest of the casino, but it is the player’s responsibility to keep track of how much they bet and where. French Roulette only has the one, single-digit zero while the American version has 2 zeros, both the single-digit and double-digit zero. French Roulette has La Partage principle which is only applied to even money bets. That means, that if a zero hits, then instead of losing the entire bet, the player will only lose half of their bet. Both the single zero and La Partage principle diminish the house edge making the odds better for the player.

      Chemin de Fer is the original version of baccarat that was created well before Punto Banco. The American version of baccarat that you normally see in casinos is actually a variation of Chemin de Fer. The main difference between Punto Banco and Chemin de Fer is that the players have a more active role in the operation and management of the game, while the dealers and house have a more passive role. When playing Chemin de Fer, the players will bet against each other instead of betting against the house. One player will take on the role as the Banker and that person will make the decision as to how much money they want to stake per bet. This is usually a large amount since it is their responsibility to be able to cover all of the players. The rest of the players will bet an amount that will not exceed the Bankers bet. The Bankers position will start at the right of the croupier and that person will be Banker for as long as he wins. As soon as that person loses, the Banker position will be passed on to the next willing participant on the right. The cards are drawn by the player, who is acting as the Banker, and the hands are given to both himself and the person betting the most money on Player. The person playing the Players bet is also playing on behalf of all the other players. These two players will look at their cards and make the decision as to whether or not they will stay or hit, which is customarily based on a routinely used etiquette. The cards are read the same as the American version of Punto Banco and the house still takes a 5% commission off of all winning Banker bets.


When to Break Down a Stack of Cheques

Q: “I have a question that might sound like a no brainer, but when you are doing the payout after you broke down a stack of 7 red 3-3-1, do you payout by just sizing into each of the 3 stacks 3-3-1?”

A: If you are paying the bet color-for-color then you don’t need to break down the stack of cheques. Just size into the bet and move on. When you break down a stack of cheques it is usually because you are proving the amount to the cameras so you can convert it to a higher denomination cheque. So if the player has 7 red cheques and you want to pay him 1 green and 2 reds then you would first break down the players bet with the last cheque being on the side or bridged depending on your house rules. And then after you break down the bet, reach into the rack, grab the converted amount and then pay that amount next to the broken down bet. When you pay the bet you could either pay side-by-side or you could heel it. Then leave everything broken down because it is the player’s responsibility to take the winnings and stack up his cheques for his next bet.


Your Questions

Q: “What is the process for how you go about handling questions for this new series?”

A: After giving it much thought I have decided that the best way to handle this is by doing everything in my power to answer every question I get. The reason why is because I think that every person has the right to seek knowledge and have their question answered and I don’t want to pick and choose a select few who are lucky enough to get the information they seek. I’m a firm believer that all information should be free and easy to obtain for every single person and money and luck shouldn’t dictate who gets an education and who doesn’t.

      After I answer someone’s question, I save it in a folder that I go through at a later date when I’m trying to find a question to use in a video. This way everyone’s question gets answered and the videos provide a more in-depth answer, instead of the 500 character-limit text that I’m bound by.