Online Roulette Wheel
By Brad Isaac
Everyone knows how the roulette wheel looks like: round form mechanism with circle of red/black/green pockets and sector numbers. Above the circle 8 gutters determine the rotating ball’s direction. This thing seems to be simple and at the same time rather complex. On the one hand, nowadays the system is considered to be elementary; on the other, it is an ideally balanced machine, which guarantees randomness of each result.
Of course, the latter touches upon real roulette wheel only. If the game is held in the Internet, the whole responsibility for random results lies on the software developers’ shoulders.
Today online roulette is just a little different from its real counterpart. In fact, online casino is just displaying the picture of a roulette wheel and the table for bets. All the players can choose the bet size, place it on one or other table field and follow the ball rotating on the roulette and stopping in the certain sector.
First of all, let’s consider online and offline roulette wheel similarities:
- As much as in brick and mortar casino houses online roulette wheels differ depending on the roulette type. E.g. European roulette wheel has 36 sectors plus one zero sector, while American variant is played with 36 numbers, one single zero and one double zero sectors.
- The roulette wheel numbers are distributed in the same random fashion for both real and online versions.
- The online roulette wheel layout is also perfectly identical to the offline one.
When you play ordinary online roulette, there is no dealer making the ball spinning, the process is fully automated. Thus, the result randomness is guaranteed not by the balanced mechanism, but by the so-called Random Number Generator or RNG.
As soon as you click on the “spin” button the ball starts spinning and lands on the number determined by the RNG and in no way by your bet type, size or other index. The final result of the spin is always predetermined and the picture of a roulette wheel spinning serves entertainment aims only.
However some online casinos offer their players possibility to play online roulette with live dealer. Thereby you can stay at home and not deny yourself the traditional casino game, but at the same time still rely upon the real roulette mechanism. The charm of such a roulette lies in the fact that you can make all the general bets and then watch a REAL dealer start up the REAL ball on the REAL roulette wheel. The picture is transmitted to your monitor screen via web-cam.