You have 2 choices when playing roulette online.
- You can play roulette online with a computerised dealer, which uses a random number generator (RNG) to generate outcomes on the roulette wheel, with exactly the same odds that you would find in a land based casino.
- Or, you can play “Live Roulette”, with a real person spinning the wheel and throwing the ball. All the action is captured on cam and you can chat with other players and the dealer as you play. The only downside of Live Roulette, is that obviously it is not as quick.
Here is a selection of casinos that offer Live Roulette.
So is there any advantage in playing Live Roulette online over standard Internet Roulette?
Well there are quite a few theories on this. The main ones revolve around dealer signature and imperfections on the wheel. Many roulette pros claim to have made their fortune by identifying a dealer signature or wheel imperfection that skews the outcome of the spin, so that the outcome is not 100% random. The theory goes that if you can identify the dealer signature or wheel imperfection, you gain an edge over the casino, and thus your odds go up.
Obviously in online roulette proper (by that we mean computer generated roulette), there is no physical wheel or physical dealer, so this is not the case.
In live roulette, however, the only thing that is really online is you and the webcam. There is a physical dealer AND a physical roulette wheel. And the neat thing is, that you don’t have a cluster of CCTV cameras watching your every move, as you are sitting at home.
The downside is, that it is not easy to identify either a dealer signature OR a wheel imperfection on a webcam! But who are we to say that it is impossible? One thing we can say for certain- when you see a book that claims to have made a fortune out of these systems, the fortune was probably made selling the books!