Live Dealer Roulette

Published: 07/01/2013

Roulette is one of the easiest of all casino table games to learn and play, so it makes a perfect addition to any line up of live dealer options at gaming web sites. Almost every live dealer platform, regardless of supplier, offers some version of roulette, and most have two—European with the single zero and American with the 38-number wheels and its double zero.

The beauty of roulette as a live dealer game is that a single croupier can serve many players at once. Unlike blackjack, the game does not require much preparation and playing time. There is no shuffling of cards, and no waiting for players to make decisions, so the pace can be quite fast. There is a much greater opportunity to have a lively social interchange between players and the croupier, too.

Among the leaders in providing live dealer roulette to gaming sites is Playtech. From the company’s Manila-based Asian dealer room, two different single-zero versions of the game are offered: European and French roulette. Numerous casinos subscribe to the Playtech video stream, including bet365, FA Casino and Dafabet, to name a few. Minimum bets start at just €0.5, making this a fine game for players of all levels. At the high end, VIP wagering allows single bets of up to €1,000.

Alternatively, Playtech also offers its customers live roulette from a European dealer studio in Riga, the capital of Latvia, where the croupiers are noted for their friendly demeanor. Oddly enough, only the European version of the game is available live, not the French one. William Hill, Betfair, 21 Nova, bet365 and Betfred are some of the online casinos that stream Playtech’s Latvian feed. At 21 Nova and Betfred, table limits are €1~€50, while William Hill offers play starting at just €0.10 and running as high as €1,000.

Also based in Latvia is Evolution Gaming with its European and French versions of live roulette. Betting limits vary depending on the choice of standard or VIP tables, with stakes ranging from €1~€200 (888 Live) at the low end to €2~€2,500 (Party Casino) at the higher end. For the truly high rollers, Unibet offers Evolution Gaming roulette with a table maximum of €200,000, which should accommodate the biggest of bettors. William Hill welcomes whales, too, with a €40,000 limit. Of special interest are Evolution Gaming’s “themed” roulette tables, such as Ventuno Italian and London Roulette.

Microgaming’s eCOGRA-certified live dealer studio is in Latvia, too. Online casinos such as Royal Vegas, Platinum Play and 10bet subscribe to the company’s single-zero European roulette stream, with table stakes that vary from €10 to €5,000.

The “Big Three” suppliers may provide most of the live dealer baccarat action see online, but they are certainly not the only games available. From its base in Macau, EntwineTech has both European and Asian version of the single-zero game, with 888 Live being one of its affiliated sites allowing stakes of €1~€200. Smart Live Casino broadcasts its European roulette on Sky and Freesat dedicated channels for players in the United Kingdom as well as via the Internet for those resident elsewhere. And Vuetec streams their live dealer roulette direct from the Fitzwilliam Card Club & Casino in Dublin, Ireland, where actual players can be seen making their bets in person, from €0.50 to €300.

At the low end of the spectrum, Euro Grand and Fairway Casino have European roulette tables with betting minimums of just €0.10. The latter features croupiers based in Costa Rica at Visionary iGaming’s live dealer studio. And for those anxious to place a few roulette wagers on an American roulette layout, BetPhoenix and Bogart Casino offer just the thing in the $1~$100 range—open to U.S. residents, too.

Published on: 07/01/2013

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