Russian Roulette table
Roulette is a simple enough game to learn. Pick a number, color or row, place your bet and cross your fingers in hopes that your bets win.
However, once you get past the initial learning phase doors start to open up. Behind one door you have betting systems, behind another is Las Vegas roulette games and another is online roulette, which includes online casinos, live dealer games and more.
You quickly realize this game is more than just picking a number or color. It starts becoming more complicated.
So it’s no surprise that we a ton of questions about how and where to play. Instead of answering all of these questions individually we thought it would be helpful to post the questions and answers below for all of our visitors to read.
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
Do roulette betting systems work?
No, to put it simply betting systems don’t work. The reason why betting systems don’t work for roulette is because there is no way to beat the game. Roulette is totally random; the outcome of the last spin has no effect on the outcome of the next spin, therefore making it impossible to determine what number is most likely to come up.
What are some advantages to playing roulette online?
There are a few:
- No need to travel. This saves you time and money spent on room, board and travel. You don’t need to take time off work either.
- Play whenever you want. All you have to do is get online and log-in.
- Smaller stakes. Most table games will have a minimum limit of $1. A smaller bankroll of $25 or $50 will go much further compared to live roulette.
- You can switch casinos in a matter of minutes.
- Play from the privacy of your own home.
How does the zero or double zero give the advantage to the house?
The easiest way to explain it is that if you were to only bet on black or red, it wouldn’t be a 50/50 bet because the zeroes are neither black nor red.
But it’s not only the zeroes that give the casino the advantage. It’s the fact that they pay 35:1 for any winning number, but there are 37 or 38 numbers depending on the roulette game you’re playing.
In other words, if you were playing American roulette and placed a $1 on every number (1-36, 0, 00) you’d win $35 plus your $1 original bet for $36 total. However, being as there is 38 numbers you’d of wagered $38 for a $2 loss.
Why can’t I play roulette to clear my deposit bonus?
I’ve never seen a casino explain why in their terms and conditions. However, the games that are excluded are the same from one casino to the next. If you look at each game there is a common theme — they all have low house edges. The house edge for roulette varies from 2.70 to 5.25%, depending on the game and bet you make.
So I would guess that the reason why casino doesn’t allow you to play these games despite having an edge (however small it may be) is because the edges are so small that the short term variance could easily favor the player. So not only is the player earning free bonus money, but they’re beating the casino for a profit while they’re at it. The casinos don’t like this, as you might imagine.
Can I own a roulette wheel?
That depends on a lot of things. What country do you live in? If in the US, what state do you live in? What are their laws? Many states don’t mind if you have casino equipment so long as it’s not in play and it’s considered an “antique.”
Can I play roulette online for free?
Yes. Most, if not all, online casinos allow you to play their games for free. Most casinos will require you to create an account first, but that should only take a couple of minutes to do.