Casino roulette played at a brick and mortar gambling venue and real money games found at betting websites are very similar. Both use the same table and wheel layout, both depend on the random actions of a ball bouncing around the wheel’s slots, and they can be found in similar betting ranges and wager sizes. From the time of the game’s invention (by French mathematician Blaise Pascal) in France in the 1700s, the props used in the game and the potentially large payouts on certain bets have attracted gamblers to The Devil’s Wheel.
It wasn’t long before Pascal’s mathematical marvel was used as a prop in gambles among the working classes in France. Even the name we use for the game (French for “small wheel”) comes from the early days of the game’s existence in French ports of call all over the world.
Fast-forward three hundred years – gamblers playing online games for real money are still betting using similar rules to the games at the time of Pascal. Simple graphical interfaces run by algorithms and random number generators make the game available even in places where no live dealers are at work. A casino website without a few versions of this standard is a rare find, and the best sites host American-style and Euro-style rules, options that can’t always be found in Las Vegas or the French Riviera.
So what’s the difference between traditional land-based games and Internet play for real money? The one thing that all betting sites have in common is that their roulette games are the same as casino versions except in how a bettor interacts with a game’s board and layout. Depending on the software used by the site you’re betting with, the interface could be more animated or include 3D graphics or even live dealers via webcam to make it more life-like.
Another major factor separating Internet roulette from traditional games played in person – online real money action is much more convenient. Not only does an online gambler not have to travel to a casino and exchange cash for chips – he doesn’t even have to get off the sofa to play. Online real cash games, be they blackjack, roulette, or pokies, are usually available in multiple rule variations, while not all land-based betting venues host more than one or two tables at a time.
The rules of games at an Internet casino are basically the same found at a standard brick-and-mortar casino’s table games. Customers who have played roulette on a casino’s betting floor are already prepared to play Internet real cash versions.
The first choice an online player may have to make – playing by European or American rules. Some Internet betting venues also host games played by French rules or according to their own custom table restrictions. Before you try to play a site’s custom game, understanding the difference between basic American and European-style versions is key.
The number one thing gamblers should understand about the European version of the game is that it uses a wheel with one fewer numbered slot than the American-rules version. Euro games run on wheels with thirty-seven slots: black and red-colored numbers one through thirty-six and a green space marked with a zero. Traditional US games include two green slots (one marked 0 and one 00) on top of the traditional black and red numbers through thirty-six. Since US games have 38 slots for potential bets, the additional 00 space in green means American rules games put the player at a slight disadvantage in odds.
Think of it this way – the probability of winning on a single number bet placed at a real money game is either 37:1 (for traditional American-style games), but the Euro wheel and its one fewer zero space give real money gamblers 36:1 odds of winning a single-number wager. The payout for these bets is 35 to 1 on both versions; playing the Euro game makes your chance of winning closer to the real winning payout.
In fact, the additional zero space means all wagers on the American wheel except for one grant the casino a 5.26% edge, while all bets on European wheels give the house an advantage of 2.7%.
Internet gamblers don’t just have a more convenient game at their fingertips; they also have the choice between both American and European versions, and sometimes even more options than that. Casinos hosting a double zero game only are common; real money betting sites with just one version of roulette are not common at all.
Another reason to choose real cash bets on roulette on the Internet – players can see many more decisions (outcomes) for each hour of play. Since most online games are single-player, you don’t have to wait as long as a full casino table, which can host up to eight gamblers at once. Depending on the dealer’s speed, casino versions hand out between 30 and 40 outcomes each hour. Playing alone online means seeing between 60 and 120 decisions in that same hour. Gamblers looking to place more wagers in a smaller amount of time benefit from the faster pace of Web-based games of chance.
Producing and hosting new versions of table games is a major selling point for Internet gambling websites. Finding five or six variations of titles based on traditional roulette is pretty common at an Internet casino. Today’s real money games on the Internet allow for multiple players, multiple wheels spinning at once, and even progressive titles that require a small side bet and can pay off big jackpots.
As mentioned above, live dealer games are also growing in popularity – in these real money online versions, the game’s virtual dealer is replaced by a live one over a live video stream. You can interact with the croupier as you watch him place your bets, spin the wheel, launch the ball, and call out the winner.
This game, invented hundreds of years ago by a French brainiac, doesn’t include bets with particularly low advantages (unless you stick to European rules) but something about the completely luck-based game (not to mention multiplayer, live dealer, and other rules variations) makes real money betting online as fun as playing live in the casino. Large payouts and high-risk bets attract big spenders, while real money Internet versions accepting smaller bets give casino customers watching their bankroll a shot at one of the most popular traditional casino table games.