Online Gaming Guide And Great Blog
By: “Vegas Vic” – Victor H Royer
The world of the Internet is full of information – some great, and some not-so-great. And the same applies to the world of Casino Gaming, and Games. Some casino games are great, and some are not-so-great. So – how do you tell the difference?
As this applies to casino games, there are many resources which can help you work through all of the many new games, the new rules, new technology, the various casinos which offer them, here in the USA, as well as elsewhere in the world, and, of course, online casinos and poker rooms.
It’s OK if you search the Internet, or course, for such information. There are many useful tools where you can research casino games, like Slot Machines, Blackjack, and Roulette. Among those is this site, where there are some very interesting posts about Roulette, which is a resurgent game in today’s casinos, both land-based and online.
Roulette – and other gambling games – have a very interesting and rich history, full of equally interesting characters. The same applies for the other mainstream casino gambling games, like the traditional Blackjack and Baccarat, which have been around in land-based casinos for decades, and – in the case of Roulette – for centuries.
While today online casino games in the USA are available only in the State of New Jersey – with Online Poker also available in the States of Nevada and Delaware – the rest of the world has enjoyed access to online casino games, and online Poker, for many years. I have written often about these games, and online casinos, here in these postings and pages, as well as in my many books.
Today, I want to talk a bit about Roulette – specifically because that’s one of the Hottest Games in casinos today. Innovations in Roulette have produced electronic tables where a multitude of bets is offered, while the game still uses an actual, physical wheel, and a real ball – known in casino parlance as the “pill” – which is then shot into the game by a machine, instead of a human dealer (known as the “Croupier” in land-based casino Roulette games).
Roulette is one of the oldest casino games in the world, and it has been famous for a long time – often featured in movies, like the James Bond films, and others – and often identified as the featured game in Monte Carlo casinos. There’s a lot more to this game than just the simple spinning wheel, and the bouncing ball.
There are, of course, many different variations on the game of Roulette. First, there is what’s called “European Roulette”, and that’s the game that’s traditionally identified with the Casinos in Monte Carlo, where the game of Roulette has been a major attraction since Casinos in Monte Carlo were first built. And then there is the game knows as “American Roulette”, which is the version of Roulette that you’ll find in US Casinos – and in many other parts of the world as well. Both versions of this game can also be found online.
So that’s the difference?
It has to do with the number Zero: “0”
Yup – the lowly “0”, that numeral meaning “nothing.”
But it does mean something – and in the game of Roulette, it means a lot!
The reason is that in Roulette, the number “0” is the House Number, signified on the table betting layout, and on the wheel itself, by the color “green.” If the ball lands on this “green” “0”, then the House wins, and all other bets lose. But the players can also bet on the “0” as well, so it’s not all that bad.
If the Roulette game you are playing has only one “0”, then this is what’s called the “European Roulette” game. And that’s because a Roulette table with only one “0” has a Lower House Edge than games with two “00”, which are then, coincidentally, known as “Double-Zero” Roulette tables.
· The House Edge on a Single “0” Roulette game is a steady 2.7% on each spin.
· The House Edge on a Double “00” Roulette Game is a steady 5.26% on each spin.
The reason why I say “steady” house edge, is because each and every “spin” is an “independent event”, meaning that no “past” events have any bearing on any “future” events.
This means that any “system” for “winning” and Roulette which is based on some kind of “trends” – or events from the “past” results – is bogus.
While there are some “methods” which can be used to successfully exploit weaknesses in the game, and other anomalies, such as biased wheels, and so on – discussions of which are somewhat more complex and take more time to explain than we can in this article – the fact remains that your odds of winning and losing on each and every spin of the Roulette wheel are always the same: 2.7% against you on a Single-0 game, and 5.26% on a Double-0 game. Period. This is a plain and simple fact, so remember it whenever someone tries to sell you some kind of a “system” for beating the wheel.
There’s a great Blog online – Blog about Roulette – written by one of my friends and fellow authors Frank Scobblete, where he writes about this resurgent game, which is again gaining in popularity, not just in online casinos, but very much so in land-based casinos as well. So here, in his Blog, you can learn the difference between “good” advice and “silly” advice, such as some of the many “systems” that are often being peddled around the Internet, and elsewhere, about winning at this game. Check it out, and play smart!