If you are attempting to identify the most popular casino games in history, you need not look any further than roulette. Dating back to the early 18th century, roulette has been a favorite game in casinos throughout Europe since the first casinos have been builded. Talking about popularity, when it comes to online roulette, it's in close competition with blackjack (being both some of the most known online casino games).
Some tips on the winning odds
As described in our tips and tricks on roulette, there are two primary types of roulette with related variations. The two types are European/French Roulette and American Roulette. Most, if not all online casinos, offer both games, and here is a discussion of the primary differences.
European Roulette - The wheel has 18 red numbers, 18 black numbers and one green spot represented by a single zero. This particular format gives the house a 2.7% advantage regardless of what type of bet is made.
American Roulette - There are the same number of red and black cells, but two green spots instead of one. Those two green spots are represented by a single zero and a double zero. The addition of this extra green spot, the double zero, raises the house's advantage all the way up to 5.3%. In terms of gambling, that translates to a significant increase of the odds in favor of the casino.
When comparing the two games, it should be considered an obvious decision to play the European version as long as both are available. Very seldom will you see land-based casinos offer both. Online casinos are banking on the notion that most people don't know the difference and might choose the American version. They would probably prefer to offer just American roulette, but Europeans are loyal and savvy enough to know the difference and they demand access to the European version.
Other than American and European/French roulette, most other variations offer different bonus opportunities. However, there are two variations now offered by online casinos only that players seem to enjoy.
Multi-Wheel Roulette - On this game, the player places all their bets and watches as multiple wheels spin at the same time. The wagers made are multiplied times the number of wheels offered, so the game gets kind of expensive. However, the player has several separate chances to hit their numbers, which might bring significant winnings in some cases.
Live Dealer Roulette - As part of today's modern online casino, live dealer games are becoming increasingly more popular. Live Dealer Roulette features a beautiful croupier who actually spins the ball via a video stream while the player places bets and interacts with other players.
There is also a minified version called mini roulette, with 13 chambers only and more winning odds.
Anyone who has ever played roulette and enjoys "spreading the table" also knows how time consuming it can be to have to keep placing bets. Online roulette games have a special feature that saves a great deal of time. It's called the "repeat bet" button. By clicking on this button, the player is allowed to automatically duplicate their bets from the previous spin. In fact, recent innovations allow the player to pick from one of several prior "patterns" he has saved.
One last note about playing roulette over the Internet. In land-based casinos, the croupier rolls the ball and betting continues, giving them all the control over time. Online, you as the player make the bets and when finished, you have sole responsibility for prompting the release of the ball.