WagerWorks Releases a New Version of Roulette

March 8th, 2011  |  Published in Casino News

WagerWorks recently release a new variant of online roulette entitled, “Player’s Suite Triple Bonus Spin Roulette.” The game boasts a variety of advanced features found the Expert Roulette, another version released by WagerWorks in late 2010, as well as an intriguing bonus game. To activate the game, the ball must land in the yellow bonus well and players will have the opportunity to earn three free spins. If any of the free spins are hit, the player is awarded 12,000 times the original betting amount.

There are a few differences in this game compared to the standard variant. The first is the large yellow well that triggers the bonus game. The well is one and one third times as wide as all other wells. This gives the player a remarkable advantage so the software provider has adjusted the game accordingly by adding another “0” to the board. Therefore, the game has 0, 00 and 000 wells. Inside and outside bets do not payout if any zero is hit.

As a result, the net effect equates to an average return of 98.11 percent, according to WagerWorks. The good news is this is a greater average return than single zero European Roulette which typically features the highest winning percentage among roulette variants.

Another nice feature is if the player has a bet on the yellow well when it hits, they are awarded a bonus payout in addition to the free spins round. In the basic game, there are four bonus bets permitted including:

  • Straight Bonus Bet
  • Split Bonus Bet
  • Trio Bonus
  • Quad Bonus Bet

The Straight Bonus Bet pays 12 times the original amount and is available for only the yellow well. The Split Bonus Bet is available for the yellow well and a zero number. This pays out at 6 times the amount wagered. The Trio Bonus Bet is available for the yellow well in addition to two of the zeros and pays 4 times the bet. Finally, the Quad Bonus Bet covers the yellow well and all zeros. This bonus bet pays out at 3 times the wager.

Triple Bonus Spin Roulette is an exciting new game that takes the standard version of online roulette and adds a few new twists. This is sure to be a hit will veteran and novice roulette enthusiasts alike and increase the amount of traffic flowing to the many WagerWorks online casinos.

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Choosing the Best Online Roulette Game

September 6th, 2010  |  Published in Gambling Games

Surprisingly, online roulette has many variants, each offering a different house edge. As a result, game selection is extremely important. House edge is calculated by the total amount going to the casino for each $100 wagered. To maximize your profits, it is important to select the roulette variant with the lowest house edge.

There are two variants that should be avoided altogether. These include:

  • Mini Roulette
  • American Roulette

Mini Roulette contains the numbers 1 through 12 and 0. The rules are the same in that all bets lose if the ball falls on 0, except those that wagered on 0. Since there are less numbers on the board, 0 will occur much more frequently resulting in a high house edge of 7.69 percent. Since the edge is even higher than slots, it is a mistake to wager on this variant of Roulette.

American Roulette is a popular variant of the game. The board contains 38 total numbers: 1-36, 0 and 00. Once again all bets automatically lose if 0 or 00 is called, other than those that wagered on 0 or 00. Consequently, the house edge is 5.26 percent, which is also higher than the other variant of Roulette as well as most slot games.

There are two variants that will maximize profits and should be played including:

  • European Roulette
  • French Roulette

Although not offering the lowest house edge, the most popular form of the game is European Roulette. There are 37 total numbers, 1 through 36 and 0. Again, all bets lose if 0 is called, except those that bet on 0. This is a better game option because there are more numbers and only one that is an automatic loss. Also, the house edge is only 2.57 percent, a considerable improvement over slots and the other two Roulette variants.

French Roulette follows the same structure as European Roulette except one rule: La Partage. If 0 is called, half of all wages not placed on 0 are returned as opposed to an automatic loss. Therefore, the house edge is only 1.35 percent. The only issue is that French Roulette is not offered at many online or land-based casinos.

When searching for a Roulette game, it is advantageous to select French Roulette. If unavailable, the next best variant for maximizing your winnings is European Roulette. Try to avoid American and Mini Roulette games as the house edge is much too high.

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Microgaming’s Cyberstud Poker: How the House Edge is Calculated

August 9th, 2010  |  Published in Inrodution

Although there are no rule changes, Caribbean Stud is known as Cyberstud at all Microgaming online casinos. When selecting an online casino to participate in different games, experienced players tend to compare house edges. As a result those gaming providers with lower edges are selected. House edge is the percent wagered by the player that the casino expects as a return over the long run.

The Microgaming Calculation

As with all casinos, Microgaming maintains a specific calculation for its house edge in Cyberstud. The calculation assumes the player is placing bets based on textbook game play. There are three specific sets of outcomes with this calculation.

The First Outcome

Based on computer simulation, it has been determined that a player will fold 47.77% of the time and raise 52.23%. Therefore if the ante is $1, the player will raise to $2 52.23% of all competitions. Therefore the average wager is $2.04. The first effect of this calculation is the player folding which occurs 47.77% of hands resulting in a loss of the $1 ante. This indicates an expected return on investment of -$0.4777.

The Second Outcome

The second result scrutinizes a raise by the player to $2 without reaching the payout chart. Within this set are an additional three possible outcomes. First, the dealer doesn’t qualify for the hand which is a probability of 22.74% resulting in a gain of $1 and an expected return of $0.2274. Second, the dealer wins which is a probability of 13.68% resulting in a loss of the $1 ante bet and a return of -$0.4104.

Finally, the player ties the dealer which is a probability of 0.0016% with a return of $0 since it’s a push. The overall return for the second outcome is -$0.1830. This is a poor return for simply tying.

The Third Outcome

The final set of outcomes is the player raising and winning. As a result the ante is paid even money and the raise is based on the Microgaming pay out chart. The best possible payout is 999 to 1 on a royal flush which equates to $1,998 plus the ante for a total of $1,999. The probability is 0.000084% resulting in an expected return of $0.0017.

The lowest outcome is based on a pair or less which pays even money. Therefore the ante of $1 pays $1 and the raise of $2 pays $2 for a total win of $3 with an 11.76% probability of winning and an expected return of $0.3527 totaling $0.6107 for the set.

The total expected return of all three outcomes is -$0.4477-$0.1830+$0.6107 totaling -$0.0500 resulting in a house of 2.45%. This is less than many other games including European Roulette therefore making Cyberstud a viable option for many online gaming patrons.

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The Primary Rules of Roulette

June 28th, 2010  |  Published in Gambling Games

Roulette is an exciting game involving the rolling of a ball across a spinning wheel. The object is to select a winning number that will appear on the wheel. Other options include betting combinations of numbers, choosing odd or even and choosing a color; black or red.

The Equipment

Roulette is played on one of two wheels: the European wheel or the American wheel. The European wheel has 37 niches which are numbered 0-36. The American wheel contains 38 numbers due to the 00 spot. Unfortunately the addition of the 00 increases the house edge by 5.26 percent.

The layout of the betting table contains an inside and outside betting area. The inside area includes the individual numbers. These numbers are positioned in a 12 row by 3 column configuration. The 0 and 00 sit at the top of these columns. The outside area contains boxes for red/black, odd/even, columns and various groups of numbers.

Roulette Betting

When you first sit down and play, there are special chips that must be purchased from the dealer. Each player receives different colored chips to avoid any type of confusion. The chips can only be used at that specific table. As with all games, there’s a minimum and maximum bet.

There are many different combinations of inside bets that can be made including straight bets or those that straddle many numbers. Straight bets pay 35 to 1, split bets pay 17 to 1, line bets (straddles the inside and outside betting areas) pays 11 to 1, corner bet (touches 4 numbers) pays 8 to 1, basket bet (five number bet on zero) pays 6 to 1 and double street bet (six numbers) pays 5 to 1.

With the outside bets, red/black and odd/even are even money bets, dozens bets (12 numbers) pays 2 to 1, and column bets (12 numbers) pays 2 to 1. The payouts are much better with the inside bets, but there’s more risk involved.

The Roulette Game

The dealer is required to keep the wheel moving at all times. After all bets are placed, the ball is spun in the opposite direction of the wheel causing the ball to jump and spin prior to landing on a number. The winning number is indicated by the placement of a marker on the betting table. Players cannot place their bets for the next spin until the marker is removed.

Roulette is a fun and excited game that is quite popular on the gaming floors. This is a game of luck, but involves the calculation of odds vs. payout. While the casino has the edge against the average player, it’s still an entertaining way to spend money.

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