Roulette is a great game for beginners to jump into; after all, you’re just backing a number, row or colour. As online casinos offer increasingly fun and useful rules, variations are worth seriously considering before you decide where you’ll be playing most of your games.
Like all online casinos, roulette sites can be either flash for instant play, or download, which requires software installation. The main difference is that flash gaming does not require the download or installation of any software onto your machine.
This is great for players who want to log in and play online and across multiple machines, without the desktop clutter. Each game must be streamed every time you play, though, so it can drain limited Internet plans.
Downloadable software means that the provider can deliver high-quality graphics, with greater stability and less repeated drain – although the one-time download may be quite large. These are mainly of benefit to players who will stick with one supplier, want the best performance possible, and don’t want to regularly exceed download limits.
A roulette table is usually either American or European. European rules benefit players as they lack a double zero on the wheel, which reduces the house edge from 5.3% to 2.7%. Sometimes roulette games are "single zero" American roulette, which means the table has only one zero, matching the European version.
A third version, French roulette, is essentially European roulette but with a different table layout and additional bets on the racetrack area, which correspond to different groups of numbers. For example, Voisins du Zero are the 17 numbers surrounding the zero.
Another important factor is the stakes that players are allowed to bet. Look for a table that suits your payroll, ensuring the minimum doesn’t force you into betting sums you can’t afford, and that the maximum doesn’t hinder your strategy and risk decisions.
It can really pay to find out which casinos offer the functions that fit your strategy. For example, Bet365 Casino offers Marvel Roulette, which has an additional progressive jackpot to be won.
Roxy Palace Casino offers Multi Wheel roulette, which means every bet placed goes on eight different wheels – great for eliminating freak bad runs. Mini roulette, available at Betfair Casino, is played on a wheel that only has numbers zero to 12.
There are plenty more twists on the classic game, so it’s worth exploring to find ones that suit.
In live-dealer roulette, you're connected via video link to a real dealer and table, and, usually, by a chat window to connect with the dealer and other players. This makes it a great stepping stone between online roulette and live casino roulette, and an excellent way to make online gaming social.
Not all online casinos have an app or mobile site, so check before committing if you want to play roulette on the move. It’s also wise to confirm that they carry all of your details across so you retain the same account and login, though this is usually the case.
Finally, check what other games are available in your online casino. From online slots to classic card games, there’s always a fun addition to your gaming repertoire available.
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