Online Roulette for Real Money

With the advent of RNG and live dealer technologies, playing Roulette for real money online has become very popular – and even more so now that the internet market is continuing to expand into newly liberalized online gambling markets like the United States.

While Roulette is not known to be the most player-friendly game in regards to the overall House Edge, there are even money bets available. These pay 1:1 and include the red/black, high/low and even/odd wagers.

For those who are new to Roulette, knowing the lay of the land is important before wagering any real money. The table layout, types of bets and payouts are what you will specifically need to fully understand no matter what version of Roulette you play online. There are a variety of different wagers on offer, which are characterized as inside wagers (Straight-up, Street, Corner, Line and Five-Number) and outside wagers (the aforementioned Red/Black, High/Low, Odd/Even, Dozens and Columns). The payouts for these wagers all have their own considerations, with outside wagers providing the lowest house edge.

There are three main types of Roulette: European, French and American. All of these can be played online for real money, however, it is highly recommended that players first learn the rules inside out and practice free Roulette games before playing for real money so as to better understand wagering options and odds at the Roulette table. Even if you have experience at land-based casinos, you’ll still want to get familiar with online casino Roulette software.

Choosing the Right Type of Roulette Game (Casino Software)

When playing real money Roulette online, you will readily be able to find the aforementioned European and French Roulette, with American Roulette less available, but available nonetheless at all US-friendly casinos online.

Online roulette software does not vary much at all in design from casino to casino, as this is a table game with no room nor need for added themes, format advancements or other distractions. The biggest differences will depend on whether you are playing American or European Roulette, and whether you play live dealer or traditional online RNG formats.

The European and French versions are the most popular forms of Roulette as they offer a lower house edge than the American Roulette version played. This is due to the fact that there are 37 slots on the European and French wheels and 38 slots on the American wheel. All games have numbers 1 through 36 to wager on, but European and French Roulette games have only one 0 slot, while the American wheel has a 0 and 00 slot. European/French Roulette also includes what is called en prison. This is an attractive rule where Red/Black, Odd/Even or High/Low wagers are returned at 50% if the ball lands on zero. When the ball lands on the zero, it is known as an imprisoned ball, which keeps the initial wager on the table and allows the player to make a second wager. If the second wager is a winner, the original wager is returned without winnings, thus contributing to an overall lower House edge. Another rule, la partage, does not provide players the choice of imprisoning their wager for a second chance. La partage will, however, return 50% of an even money bet if the ball lands on zero. Both of these rules help lower the casino edge, making this an attractive form of Roulette, especially when playing for real money. Bottom line: European Roulette and French Roulette are recommended over American Roulette. Unless you are playing at newer US-based online casinos that may only provide American Roulette, this will not be hard to achieve.

Live Dealer Roulette

Many casinos online now provide Live Dealer casino games. Because of the overwhelming interest and popularity of this format in real money mode, the following section is devoted to live dealer Roulette.

Entertaining in the fact that high definition computer/casino camera technology gives you the truest-to-real-life experience you can get playing for real money online, live dealer Roulette also offers user-friendly features like auto-play, volume control and live chat. Live Dealer Roulette still moves pretty swift compared to RNG Roulette, and impressively fast when compared to other casino games with more involved, complex wagering.

Live Dealer Roulette online is just what bettors will find in a land-based casino. The wheels are manufactured by the same fabricators such as Cammegh and other well-known Roulette suppliers. The only difference is that the action is broadcast live via a mini casino production studio. While nothing beats being there physically, most roulette players online will agree there are a lot of conveniences to playing from home with live dealer technology. While virtually playing with a live croupier at a real table, your computer screen will be organized to give you the ability to quickly place bets, especially special wagers like neighbors. And because there is software involved, you can play multiple tables and track your history of wagers, subsequently making your game-play more streamlined. This will not make the odds more in your favor, but you will be able to make your wagers in a more convenient manor.

Regarding the leading Live Dealer platforms being used at real money online casinos, consider the following before signing up at a particular casino.

Playtech – Playtech provides real money European and French Roulette. Both types have Asian Dealer versions available. Playtech also provides a VIP table for high rollers. Most all Playtech powered casinos are non European player facing.

Evolution – Evolution Live Dealer casinos provide European and French Roulette, European VIP, Immersive Roulette and even Private Live Roulette tables. Evolution has been at the forefront of live dealer technology for over a decade.

Microgaming – Microgaming has its Playboy branded Roulette with Playboy Bunny Dealers and regular Live Dealer Roulette. Both are standard European Roulette games. Microgaming is one of the oldest and most trusted software brands in the iGaming industry.

Money Management and Casino Bonuses (Considerations)

Understanding that Roulette tends to play rather fast – with most all casinos providing auto-play wagering and the ability to play at multiple tables simultaneously – you will need to pay close attention to your bets and bankroll. This is true of any real money casino game, but especially worth mentioning in regards to Roulette, as this is a game that is known to move fast online when played in auto-mode.

Your complete understanding of any and all online casino bonuses and promotions is vital as well. All online casinos have bonuses or perks at the very least. Roulette is commonly considered a table game (but technically a specialty game). Table game wagering requirements will need to be met in order to benefit from taking bonus monies and taking part in promotions. Many bonuses are not compatible with real money Roulette game-play. If Roulette is indeed included in a bonus or promotional offer, it may only count towards meeting wagering requirements at a lower percentage rate than other games such as slots do.


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