Guide for Playing Real Money Online Roulette

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The name roulette is one of the few that many will identify with a casino. This game has been famous in many movies and often associated with high rollers or a more elite game. While roulette has gone through a number of changes over the years, the basics of the game have remained the same since its introduction in the 17th century. The changes more noticeable to those with a knowledge of the game is the different variations of it that can be played. When playing roulette online, it is of course slightly different, not in how it is played or how you win, but more so with the atmosphere, which for many, is positive as interruptions or being thrown off your game by the shouting from other players is not part of the equation. Online roulette, unless you are playing at a live dealer casino is played individually and against the proverbial croupier, which in this case, is the casino software. It should be noted that the software has been extensively tested and verified to be 100% random in its results, often with reports of same being published by the casino, and as such, you can be assured a fair and reliable experience when playing roulette online.

The rules of the game are identical in every way, shape, and form. You place your bet, the ball is spun, and the results are shown as well as any winnings are instantly credited to your account. In fact, online is far easier for you to slow down, review results and apply any strategy you may be employing, often with far better results than is experienced in live dealer roulette. The sweet side of playing online is the variety, you have the usual three variations – European, American and French, but can also access progressive roulette and other custom versions of the game designed by software developers. Those new to roulette have the added advantage of being able to test the game in free mode prior to playing for real money and once comfortable, can then change their account status to “real money” and make a deposit, and for those in Canada, Canadian currency is accepted at most casinos. A few advantages to consider with online roulette include a larger selection of games, an extensive range of table limits, easy game access, and increased payouts.

Types of Roulette

There are three main types of roulette, with those being European, American and French. While each is similar, there are subtle differences as well. Deciding which you like best comes with playing, but using free play mode will reduce your risk and help you identify which is better suited to your tastes.

  • European Roulette

By far, European Roulette is the most popular and played online. The wheel has 37 slots with one “zero” (identified by the green slot) and the others numbers 1 through 36 with those alternating between red and black. The goal is to place a bet on a number that you think the ball will stop on, or choose any of the side bets, which many players will do in conjunction with a single number bet to increase their odds of a positive result or as a strategic mode to balance their bankroll.

  • American Roulette

There are two differences in American roulette. The first is the inclusion of a “double zero”, and the second is only 36 numbers are shown on the wheel. Each is in alternating red and black slots and both the “zero” and “double zero” are identified by green slots. Again, in this version, you place bets (chips) on single numbers you believe the wheel will stop on, or any of the multiple side bets. Another slight difference is that the house edge is higher in this version, hence it is less popular that European roulette.

  • French Roulette

Like European roulette, the French version has 37 slots numbers 1 through 37 and the “zero”. Also, it too has the alternating red/black slots and the zero in green. The goal is the same, to predict where the ball will land and various side bets can be chosen to increase your odds off a positive result. This version is played  in the same manner as the others and the payouts remain the same as well.

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