Roulette, which means ‘little wheel’ in French, is one of the most famous casino games in the world, and its appearance in novels, TV and film has only enhanced the game’s glamorous reputation. A favourite in bricks and mortar casinos for many years, with the rise of online casinos, roulette has found new popularity in its online roulette incarnation. In South Africa and elsewhere, players are beginning to see the advantages of playing online roulette. With its mix of fun and strategy, you can enjoy this enigmatic game without ever having to walk into a land-based casino.
It’s not certain when and where roulette originated, but the majority of historians are in agreement that it’s likely the game was invented in 17th century France by Blaise Pascal, a French mathematician. In attempting to build a perpetual motion machine, Pascal ended up accidentally creating what was to become one of the world’s most famous casino games. Walk into any land-based casino today and you’ll find roulette available to play. And with the advent of online casinos, there are now hundreds of online roulette and live roulette versions available too.
Despite the many varieties of this classic table game now available, the basic rules of roulette have remained unchanged over the years. Roulette, as with online roulette, is a game of chance consisting of a wheel with 37 pockets (European roulette) or 38 pockets (America roulette). Whichever pocket the ball lands in after it has been dropped into the spinning roulette wheel is the winning number/colour. Roulette is actually a very simple game to play, and it doesn’t take long at all to become familiar with it.
Your chances of winning at roulette will depend on your understanding of the odds and how to play them. Grasping the basics of the game isn’t difficult, after which you can start considering the more complex roulette strategies, such as the Martingale strategy, James Bond strategy, Fibonacci strategy and d’Alembert strategy, which can all improve your winning potential. Before you even begin looking at these strategies, though, it’s best to get a handle on the fundamentals of online roulette first.
How to Play Roulette
We’ve put together a brief guide on how to play roulette for those of you who are new to this thrilling casino game. Read on and get the proverbial ball rolling here at PlayFrank Online Casino South Africa.
Before the game can begin, players must first place their bets on the roulette table. There are several different types of bet that can be made, including on even or odd, red or black, a single number, or a combination of numbers, and players can continue to place bets provided the ball has not yet been dropped into the wheel.
Once all bets have been made the ball is then spun on the outside rim of the roulette wheel by the dealer. All you need to do is sit back and wait for the ball to land in one of the roulette wheel pockets, after which the wins can be calculated and paid out.
Practise with Roulette Free Play
There are dozens of roulette versions available for players in South Africa at PlayFrank, which is great, but it can make it difficult to know where to start, especially if you’re a beginner. That’s where free play comes in. You can play our online roulette games in free demo mode first to get a feel for them before deciding if it’s something you would want to bet real money on.
Differences Between Online Roulette and Live Roulette
There isn’t always a clear distinction between online roulette and live roulette in online casinos, and players tend to refer to all roulette games played online as online roulette. However, online roulette and live roulette are in fact very different from one another.
Online roulette has no live dealer and is instead run by software, keeping the gameplay intuitive and easy to follow. Although great for all levels of player, the straightforward set up of online roulette games makes them ideal for beginners in particular.
Live roulette is exactly that. The games are streamed live and feature a real dealer that players are able to interact with. The advantage of playing live roulette is that you’re able to experience all the excitement of a land-based casino without ever having to walk into one. It’s a great option for players who are more experienced or for high rollers, and there are even VIP roulette tables available, which offer opportunities for big betting.
At PlayFrank Online Casino South Africa we have roulette games to suit all, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced roulette player. You’ll find our selection of online roulette games under ‘Table Games’ and live roulette options under ‘Live Casino’.
Different Versions of Roulette
It might surprise you to know that your odds of winning at roulette are statistically higher than many other types of betting, such as horse racing. That being said, those odds will vary depending on what version of roulette you’re playing.
At PlayFrank, players in South Africa have access to all the roulette classics, including French, European and American Roulette, but also the game’s many variations. You can start enjoying all the wonderful online roulette and live roulette games we offer, in free-play or real-money mode, the minute you sign up.
European Online Roulette
Played on a 37-pocket wheel, European Online Roulette has alternating red and black-coloured pockets, as well as a single green pocket, numbered zero. There are three wagering editions available: low limit (R1.5 – R75), normal limit (R15 – R600), and high limit (R375 – R7,500).
French Online Roulette
The French version of roulette is played on a 37-pocket wheel and includes inside bets, outside bets, special bets and favourite bets. French Roulette also features the half-back rule, whereby a player gets half their bet back provided the ball lands on zero and they have placed an even bet. This version has the following three wagering editions: low limit (R1.5 – R75), normal limit (R15 – R600), and high limit (R375 – R7,500).
American Online Roulette
While the French and European roulette wheels only have one green pocket, in American Roulette there are two. The second green pocket has two zeros. At PlayFrank this version has three wagering editions: low limit (R1.5 – R75), normal limit (R15 – R600), and high limit (R375 – R7,500).
Online Roulette Regulations
Regulations in South Africa require that all online roulette wheels be entirely random and fair. For this reason, all trusted software providers operating in South Africa use a Random Number Generator (RNG). An RNG guarantees that the outcome of an online roulette wheel cannot be predicted or manipulated in any way.
Play Roulette Online!
There’s nothing quite like the excitement of playing roulette. With the anticipation you feel as the wheel spins and you wait to see just where the ball will land, it’s no surprise that roulette became so popular across the world. So, if you’re ready to take a spin on a game of online roulette, register with PlayFrank Online Casino South Africa today. There are so many different versions to try, you’ll be spoilt for choice. And as if that wasn’t enough, we’re offering all our players in South Africa a Welcome Bonus to use on these and other online games. What are you waiting for?