We recently received a query from a long-time player who asked simply, “I know that roulette is one of the most popular casino games at land based casinos.  Why is it less popular at online casinos?”

This question gives us a great opportunity to reintroduce roulette to the online casino gaming public.  Everyone knows that slots are the most popular game at online casinos.  Slots rely heavily on graphics, animation, and sound and these three technologies continue to develop and improve with each generation of computer software.


Casino Games Continue to Evolve


Slots today are a far cry from the slots our grandfathers or great-grandfathers played.  It is a simple fact of nature that the other popular casino games rely on graphics less than slots.  In addition to slots, graphics are very popular in casual games like Rubber Ducky and similar games. 

The most popular games after slots are video poker and blackjack.  These are quiet intellectual games that challenge players’ intuitive and deductive skills more than offer the kind of pure entertainment they find in slots.  Payouts in video poker are normally about 99%.  That means that players who love this game can play for hours and will either win a little of come close to breaking even.  If you play video poker or blackjack with a strategy card, you stand a very good chance of coming out ahead or close to it.

This is not the case in roulette.  Roulette is essentially a game of chance and truthfully it lends itself better to land based casinos than to online casinos.  We’re okay with saying that as we offer two versions of roulette, the American and the European versions.


Exciting Roulette


The big attraction of roulette is threefold: the many betting options which we replicate exactly as they are on the standard roulette table; the sight and sound of the roulette wheel spinning and the ball clattering about until it settles in a slot which we strive to replicate as much as possible; and the camaraderie players feel with the other players around the roulette table which, unfortunately, we cannot replicate.

Online roulette is the redoubt of true diehard roulette fans.


Advances in Graphics


The two versions of roulette we offer are far better graphically than ever before.  We recommend roulette to gamers who are looking for an exciting game even if their playing time at roulette will be shorter than at their favourite casino games.


Basic Rules


There are 36 numbers plus 0 and 00 in American roulette and the same 36 numbers plus only 0 in European roulette.  Obviously, the house edge in European roulette will be smaller than in American roulette.  We offer American roulette because some players prefer it but if you’re taking up our challenge to try roulette possibly for the first time, we suggest you start with European roulette.


Roulette Bets


One of the things that roulette players love so much about the game at land based casinos is the way the roulette table fills up with the different players’ bets.  You can bet on a single number by placing the chip on that number.  You can bet on two numbers by placing the chip on the line between the two numbers.  You can bet on three numbers by placing the chip at the bottom of a row that contains three numbers.

In roulette, you can bet on four, five, six, eight, twelve, and eighteen numbers by placing the chips on the appropriate line or corner.  We invite you to go to a roulette game and look at the many ways you can bet.

You can also bet on black or red and odd or even.

The different coloured chips and the many places to put them to create bets make the roulette table a colourful tapestry before betting is closed and the wheel is spun.


Tips for Roulette Players


First and foremost: roulette is a game of chance so there are no effective gambling strategies that can guarantee you’ll win.  This is not the case in video poker or blackjack.  Whilst no system can guarantee a win in those two logic-driven games, good strategy evens the playing field and can very well make you a modest winner.

The second tip is to look closely at the roulette table.  You’ll see how the numbers are laid out.  You can learn how to make the different bets. If at some point you go to a land based casino—and almost all online casino gamers go to a land based casino at some time—you may want to play roulette.  The croupier is too busy to teach you the rules and the various bets; it’s a lot better for you if you learn them here at our online casino!

Tip number three is the same tip we give every gamer for every game and it applies with equal force for online casino gaming and for land based casino gaming: set a reasonable budget for gaming; find the correct level of bets that is suitable to the aforementioned budget; and see casino gaming as a form of entertainment.

Depending on your budget, you might stick with low risk bets.  Even after 36 spins, the chances of a single number coming up are the same as was the case on the first spin.  The Random Number Generator at reputable online casinos determines the outcome of every spin.  There is simply no such thing as a number “due” to come up.

Tip number four applies only to online roulette: play in free mode until you get comfortable with the betting arrangement and can begin to place bets.  Try playing for free at a land based casino.  You can stand around the table and watch but if a bettor comes along, you might be asked to give up your place because land based casinos are betting establishments that add a measure of fun whilst online casinos are playing and fun establishments that take bets.


Try Roulette


 We strongly recommend that you try roulette here at Thunderbolt Casino to discover the enjoyment the game provides and to prepare yourselves for playing roulette as part of the boisterous crowd the next time you play at a land based casino.