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Live Dealer Roulette - An Introduction

  • Live dealer roulette on the web is as close as you can get to playing in a real casino
  • Understand the basics of live dealer roulette 

Understanding live dealer roulette

Live dealer roulette on the web is as close as you can get to playing in a real casino, but it comes with some extra advantages. 

Firstly, it’s much cheaper. You can play for much smaller minimum stakes than most land casinos require, and you don’t need to dress up, pay taxi fares and buy overpriced drinks. 

Secondly, it’s far less intimidating for new players. When you arrive at a land casino for the first time everyone seems to know what they’re doing and the whole process can seem a little scary – but get online you’re playing remotely and no-one’s going to be concerned if you’re not sure what’s happening – though you’ll pick it up soon enough anyway.

So how does it work?
After making a deposit you’ll open up your casino’s live gaming area and select a table that suits your stake range. Tables come in two basic formats: Live dealer and auto-roulette.

Live dealer tables are exactly as they sound, whereas auto-roulette is a 24 hour continuous wheel that’s not hosted. Instead it’s powered by a compressed air system, but it’s still a real wheel made from wood and stainless steel. They both work in a similar way: Whilst the table is open (before the croupier says ‘no more bets please’) you can lay chips on the betting grid before the wheel is spun and the ball thrown in. 

The Betting Grid
The betting grid may look somewhat bewildering, but it’s actually quite easy to understand: The main area contains the number 1 to 36 in red and black, corresponding to the numbers that appear on the wheel itself. Bet on one of these and you’ll win 35 times stake - plus your stake returned – if the ball lands on that number. 

You can bet on any selection of individual numbers you like, and also place chips between them on the lines that separate the numbers and on the intersection of four numbers. These bets equate to half or a quarter of your bets placed on each of the adjacent numbers. 

If you like you can even bet on the green ‘zero’ slot on the wheel too – by placing chips on the 0 are outside the main betting grid. 

Types of Bets
These types of bets are known as Inside Bets as they are made inside the main betting grid. If you want lower odds and more chance of winning you can make outside bets like red/black or odd/even. 

These are clearly marked outside the main grid, as are Street and Column bets: These are higher odds Outside Bets which let you bet on groups of 3 or 12 numbers at a time. 

On top of all this you can also make Racetrack bets: The Racetrack lets you bet on the ball landing in specific segments of the wheel, known as Voisins Du Zero, Tiers Du Cylindre and Les Orphelins. The Racetrack may look complex but it’s actually just an elongated depiction of the roulette wheel. TO make these types of bets in live online casino games you usually have a select the Racetrack from an icon, which will make the track appear for you.

Now you know which bets are available, you’ll need to work out which bets to make – and that mean formulating some sort of strategy.

Live Roulette Strategy
Exactly which strategy you’ll want to implement depends on a number of things: are you looking for something simple or complex? A strategy you can work on and refine? Something intuitive, or something that requires some calculation? 

Firstly, you need to look at your risk/reward profile, as any player developing a strategy has to do so with this in mind. Some strategies cost more than others, offering large potential downsides in return for huge potential profits. If you want to win more it stands to reason you’ve got to risk more, and if this is an idea that appeals to you then you’ll want to try a progressive strategy.

Progressive strategies like the Martingale and D’Alembert methods require you to bet more after a losing wager, on the assumption that sooner or later your bad luck will run out. If you suffer several losing bets in a row this can end up costing you quite a lot, however it works well if you have a decent-sized bank roll relative to the amount you’re betting each time. 

If, however, the idea of wagering more and more to recoup losses scares the hell out of you then a regressive strategy will be just your thing. These involve betting less when things are going badly, so as to minimise losses on losing streaks. If you’re risk averse the Anti-Martingale or Reverse D’Alembert might suit you.

For the more technically-minded there are clever numerical ideas like the Fibonacci sequence and the LaBouchere method. These use specially-graded or custom-designed numerical sequences that tell you how to bet after both positive and negative outcomes. 

Roulette strategy doesn’t just have to be about deciding what to do after winning or losing, either: There are strategies that enable you to cover as many slots on the wheel for as little outlay as possible, and these are well worth bearing in mind. The James Bond strategy is a great example of this, and lets you emulate 007 without risking being assassinated whilst you’re at the wheel. Even though Bond was best-known for playing Baccarat, he was no stranger to the Roulette table too, and it’s always nice to bet knowing that you’re following in the footsteps of a legend. 

Before delving too deeply into any particular strategy it’s always worth remembering that what works for you on one occasion might not work on another: For example, the way you want to bet at the end of the month just after payday may not be how you’d wish to gamble when funds are tight. A combination of strategies may therefore be useful so don’t feel obliged to stick with any one idea.

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