Roulette is a game that virtually any new player can sit down and play without any prior experience. In many cases, slapping down stakes on a bet such as reds, blacks, odds and evens are an ideal way to start. Playing roulette as a live dealer game is a lot simpler than many think. The croupier is a real life human dealer, who takes control of the action from a video streamed directly to a player’s computer.
Casino members can use the digital, on-screen board to place bets, and then choose from a multitude of live cameras to follow the action.
Of course, if a player wants to make the most out of live roulette, then having a basic understanding of the bets, the games which are available, as well as the software providers and the live casinos which offer them comes in handy.
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How to Play
There are ordinarily 36 numbered pockets (coloured red and black) on a typical roulette wheel. There will also be a zero pocket (0) in European and French Roulette, and two zero pockets (0 and 00) in American Roulette. Unless they have bet on the zero pocket(s), players will lose their bet if the ball lands in zero pockets.
Two types of bets exist in roulette, inside bets and outside bets.
The riskier of the two types. Inside bets pay far more if they come off, but are less likely to do so. They include:
- Single/Straight-Up: A bet on a single number.
- Split: A bet on a line which separates two numbers.
- Trio/Street: Betting on three numbers, with the chip place on the edge of the row.
- Corner/Square: The chip is placed on the intersection between four numbers.
- Five Number: A bet placed on 0, 00 and 1-3 but only found in American Roulette.
- Six-Line: A wager placed on the line between two rows of numbers.
These are low-risk bets. They provide a reasonable chance of success, but pay out considerably less than inside bets, and include:
- Red, Black, Odds and Evens: A bet on the ball landing in any of these pockets.
- High/Low: Stakes on a set of numbers ranging from 1-18 or 19-36
- Dozens: Bets on 12 numbers at once, including 1-12, 13-24, or 25-36.
- Columns: A bet on a whole column of 12 numbers.
Winning at the game
If the ball lands in a pocket linked to a player’s bet, then they will win. If not (or if it falls in a zero pocket) they will lose. Payouts for Six-Line, Five Number, Corner, Street, Split and Straight-Up bets are worth 5:1, 6:1, 8:1, 11:1, 17:1 and 35:1, respectively.
By contrast, players can win at rates of 1:1 for reds, blacks, odds and evens, as well as high and low bets. Columns and dozens pay out at 2:1.
Top Live Dealer Roulette Games
NET Entertainment, Evolution Gaming and Extreme Live Gaming all offer a wide variety of different live roulette games. Numerous variants exist for American, European and French Roulette (Evolution Gaming). Speed or Mini Roulette, Double-Ball Roulette and Auto Roulette tend to be popular.
French Roulette also comes with a host of rules changes, such as La Partage and En Prison (which can see you lose just half your bet if the ball lands in zero), and racetrack bets, which can also spice up live dealer roulette gameplay.
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