La Boule

Also known as: Boule, La Boule Roulette
Game Type: Luck
Category: Casino
Stakes: £0.25 - £100
Max Win: £1,000+
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La Boule online casino game overview.

In one word: Interesting

Apparently, in between eating frogs, snails and generally surrendering to everything, the French like to play a casino game called "La Boule".

Seeing as I didn’t take French in school and my dictionary skills are limited, I think "La Boule" translates as "ball" or "billiard ball" or something along those lines. Either way, the game of La Boule is basically a slightly simplified version of roulette.

Overall, the main difference between the La Boule game and roulette is that La Boule has less numbers and uses indented circles instead of segmented sections for the ball to fall in to. I’ve obviously explained that terribly, so here’s an image to show you what I’m failing to convey in words:

Roulette Wheel vs. La Boule Wheel

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La Boule fun rating - 43%.

La Boule is alright, but it’s no game of roulette.

If you think about it, if the game of La Boule was actually all that good or rivaled roulette in any way, surely you would have seen more of it in casinos or on the Internet? In fact, I’m confident that for many of you, this is the first time you’ve heard of this elusive La Boule game.

If you enjoy playing roulette, then you’re going to favour an actual roulette table over La Boule every time. It’s like choosing to drink Tesco Value Cola instead of normal Coca Cola. They’re both variants of the same thing, but we all know that Tesco Value Cola is inferior - very, very inferior.

The only reason you’d really want to play La Boule over roulette is if you’re a French patriot, which leads me to believe that my jibes at the French at the start of this review were not a very good idea.

Fact: To reinforce the fact that La Boule really is a French game, you are treated to French commentary as you play. Don’t worry though, you can mute the audio - I double checked to make sure.

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How to play La Boule.

A quick overview.

  1. Bet on a number of different possible outcomes, just like you would in roulette.
  2. Set the ball spinning around the table and hope that it lands on a winning number.

Although the screenshots of the La Boule game look quite peculiar, if you’ve ever played roulette before then La Boule will be a piece of croquembouche.

A thorough guide to play this game.

The La Boule wheel.

La Boule Wheel

Despite being quite similar to a roulette wheel but with a smaller range of numbers, the La Boule wheel takes a little bit of getting used to.

  • The numbers in La Boule range from 1 to 9.
  • Each number alternates between black and red, except for number 5, which is yellow (just like the number 0 is green in normal roulette).
  • The numbers 1 to 9 are repeated 4 times across two inner circles on the La Boule wheel. This is where the ball will eventually land.

Due to the fact that there are 4 sets of numbers from 1 to 9, there are a total of 36 different "dents" that the La Boule ball can fall in to. There are 18 dents in the outer circle and 18 smaller ones in the inner circle.

However, it does not matter whether the ball falls in to the inner or outer circle. For example, having the ball settle on a number 7 in the inner circle is the same as having the ball settle on a 7 in the other circle. The end result is the same.

Note: I guess that the reason between having two rings of indentations is to increase the excitement as the ball bobbles around the lips of the numbers.

Betting and payouts.

Just like in roulette (as if I haven’t said that enough times today), you can bet on colours, numbers and groups of numbers when playing La Boule online.

All of the betting options and payouts for La Boule are as follows.

La Boule Betting Options
  • Colours - 2.2x. Either red or black.
  • Individual numbers - 8.8x. Any of the individual numbers between 1 and 9.
  • Groups of 4 numbers - 2.2x. The sets of numbers you can wager on are:
    • 1, 2, 3, 4 (called "Manque")
    • 5, 6, 7, 8 (called "Passe")
    • 1, 3, 7, 9
    • 2, 4, 6, 8

As you can see, the betting options in the La Boule game are not as flexible as they are in roulette, nor is the maximum payout as high.

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