An increasingly popular type of online roulette is the ‘live’ offering where a wheel and dealer and streamed in real time, allowing the player to get a similar experience to a real casino from the comfort of their own home. This already sounds like a commercial, but rest assured we’ll be looking at both the positives and negatives of this type of roulette.
Is Live Roulette Really Better?
For players seeking an authentic experience that’s close to replicating a real casino, it is definitely the best option. However, the most important factor to most people is their chances of winning. Live Roulette is normally the European variation with a single zero, which is good, certainly when compared to the American version anyway.
But if making money is the number one priority for you, we highly suggest playing a type of roulette that currently is unavailable in the ‘live’ format – La Partage. This offers the highest payout and lowest house edge of any roulette game available online as the rules differ slightly.
Roulette can be appealing for reasons other than just the potential winnings though. In a real casino it can be a fun and social experience, but this element is often overlooked. The live roulette games online keep this social element as players can normally interact with the dealer via a chat.
From our experience, we must admit some dealers are as boring as watching paint dry, so chatting with them might not be the best idea. However, equally many are happy and sociable people that can really enhance the gaming experience making it significantly more enjoyable.
What Is Live Roulette?
Live Roulette is played from home, but uses a real roulette wheel that is operated by a croupier from either a studio or a real live casino floor. A video feed of the roulette wheel and croupier is sent to your computer so that you can see all the action. You can also chat to the croupier, although this feature is most commonly used to get them to wave at you.
Placing bets on Live Roulette is similar to a normal online roulette game, and you are provided with a virtual layout onto which you can place your virtual chips.
Live Roulette Advantages
Compared to an online casino:
It offers a more realistic casino experience, especially for feeds from the casino floor.
The number is the result of spinning a real roulette wheel rather than being computer generated – some players prefer this (although random number generators at reputable online casinos are just as reliable).
Bonuses for Live Roulette tend to be much more generous and come with fewer restrictions than bonuses for regular online roulette.
Compared to a land based casino:
You can save your bets and repeat them with the click of a button.
Live Casinos often offer players bonuses, giving you a better chance of winning.
There is no travel time or dress code and you can easily find a suitable table, whatever your limits (high or low).
Live Roulette Disadvantages
Live Roulette is much slower than a regular online casino as you have to wait for players to place their bets, and for the croupier to spin the wheel.
Live Roulette games might only be available at certain times. Although some Live Casinos now offer 24 hour games.
You don’t get free drinks like you would in Las Vegas (but you don’t get free drinks in casinos in the UK anyway)