Most of the times, the first thing that comes to mind when speaking about casinos is the Roulette wheel, which is one of the best known and oldest games ever. The word “Roulette” stands for “little wheel” in French. It appeared first in 1796. In 1860, gambling turned to be illegal in Europe, however the game was kept alive in the last remaining legal casino in Europe, in Monte Carlo. It started to spread around the world soon enough and it is still considered the “King of Casino Games”.
There are two main variations of online roulette games – American and European. There are some crucial differences between them. First of all, the American one has an extra number, namely the “00”, which gives the game slightly better odds to the European roulette. The European version also has a rule named “En Prison”, which allows the player to either surrender one half of their wagers or leave them for the following game, in case zero comes up. This makes the house edge drop to 1.352, comparing to 5.26 within the American game. Depending on your skills, choose the European Roulette for a safer bet and the American one for a more risk-involving adventure.
The on-going growth of the digital possibilities allowed the appearance of live roulette systems on the Internet, meaning that you can enjoy live games from the comfort of your home, or in other words, from any device connected to the Internet. Online players need to follow the same rules that apply to roulette games in land-based casinos, since the action takes place in real time, involving a live dealer spinning the Roulette wheel and releasing the ball into it. Gamblers can bet on the number where the ball lands, as well as on its colour. The advantage of the live system is that it’s managed by a real human being and not by a random number generator, as it happens with the “Auto Roulette” (the traditional online game).
In Roulette, gamblers play against the House, which is represented by the croupier. The game consists of you placing a bet on the number and/or colour of where the ball will land (as mentioned before), or whether it will be an even or odd number. In the meantime, the dealer spins the wheel in one direction and launches the ball in the opposite one. He also handles the bets placed and the payouts. As soon as the ball is launched, there will be a “No more bets” call made. This means you will not have the chance to place or modify any bets within this round anymore. Once the outcome is clear, the dealer will place a marker over the winning bet on the table. All the other losing bets will be cleared away. As a player, you will see the chips increasing on your screen. The payouts are different, depending on the type of bet placed:
Straight-Up: bet on one number only – payout of 35 to 1Split: two-number bet – payout of 17 to 1Street: three-number bet – payout of 11 to 1Corner: four-number bet – payout of 8 to 1Line: Six-number bet – payout of 5 to 1Column or Dozen: bet on the outside – payout of 2 to 1Red/Black, Odds/Even and Low/High – payout of 1 to 1.
The rules of the games are pretty straightforward. All you need is a good intuition and a few grams of luck. However, a few strategies have been developed to increase the winning odds. Some players bet on the winning numbers, considered to be more likely to come up. Others place their bets on numbers which haven’t been seen lately. The safest option is to spread your bet between more numbers. This gives you a lower payout but higher chances of winning. As long as you are a winner though, the manner of play you choose should be entirely up to you.