Apr 15th 2007
Online roulette is an interesting proposition, one worth considering separately from good old casino roulette. Most pages discussing online roulette, or online gambling of any kind, focus on the effect of being taken out of the casino. This is worth noting because at home you have complete control over your surroundings.
Online roulette lets you play without all of the noise and commotion of the casino. This enables you to take as much time as you need to think about your bets, consult outside resources, phone a friend, anything! Roulette isn't like blackjack though, where checking a basic strategy chart is a faux pas in the casino but easy from home.
So what are the advantages for online roulette? Well, you're not going to find any biased wheels out there (well, actually you might, there are lots of bad programmers in the world, maybe one of them made a roulette game for an online casino at some point). You can, however, easily find yourself a single zero roulette wheel. A number of online casinos offer European roulette wheels so those of us who reside across the big pond can also enjoy the drop in house edge.
Anyone interested in playing roulette online is usually curious about the odds. Are the odds at an online casino fair? Are they the same as Vegas? Who determines the odds? Classically, roulette is completely random. There are little pegs and obstructions strewn around the wheel in an effort to have the ball bounce around a good bit before coming to rest.
This randomness can be comforting to the gambler as it provides some security that you are not likely going to be ripped off. You can lose this feeling pretty easily with digital games like video slots and video poker machines, and yes, with online roulette. If this makes you uneasy about venturing online, check out some forums on online gambling and talk to some roulette players.
I myself have won more than once playing online, so I can assure you it is entirely possible. Although it may not be possible to determine the exact odds that an online casino offers, you can always call and ask. Check to ensure the online casino is licensed by a licensing board (most are, but its nice to be sure), and then check to see how strict that licensing board is.