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Everything you need to know about online roulette
« on: October 12, 2017, 09:02:16 AM »
A year ago I didn't know much about online roulette. Didn't have a clue what was NetEnt or Playtech. I thought live roulette was a simple thing - ONE thing. I didn't play online.

Lately I am researching all the different options for playing online roulette. I have read a lot, played much and researched deeply various playing platforms and casinos, always with a focus on live roulette. Now it is time to share this knowledge.

First of all, we have compiled a truly unique comparative guide of the top online roulette gaming platforms. In this MUST READ guide we review and compare the best (live) roulette gaming providers. This helps so know what is out there and the pros and cons of each platform. I tried to be frank and direct, without the usual useless babbling found in most online casino review sites. If you read this article you will have a pretty good idea of the live roulette gaming industry, where it is heading for, who are the main players, and what are the strong and weak points of each.

From there, we expanded to a full presentation of Evolution gaming, a $2 billion software company that dominates the live casino scene and especially live roulette. The best game of Evolution and the best live roulette game, period, is Immersive roulette. You may have heard of it. Or you may not, if you don't play roulette online. Anyway we have created a special article exclusively about Immersive roulette. This is actually a Q&A where all the questions one may have about Immersive roulette are answered.

I did real research and testing before writing these articles. It took me a lot of effort and I hope my findings and information will be useful for newcomers and experienced players. And I have been totally honest.

And if you are looking for a good and trustworthy online casino, we do recommend Royal Panda. Not only because it advertises with us. But because it does offer withdrawal without problems, great support and there are no horror stories by the players. It is one of the best rated big name casinos out there.
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Re: Everything you need to know about online roulette
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2017, 09:32:51 AM »
Thank you for your indepth research of this Casino. Opened an account today.

From what I see it is a pure studio gaming Casino with a rather limited menu on what they call "live roulette", read studio roulette. No broadcasts from B&M Casinos, but then that market is already covered by major proxy operators like Unibet, Leovegas, Dublinbet and so on.

I recognize the girls at the baccarat tables from studios in Riga and Malta which is the same as all studio broadcasts arranged by Evolution. One negative thing in this case though is that RPanda seems to go with a fixed window size (pretty small) which cannot be expanded to cover all screen.

Since I always use two big screens for gaming (one for the broadcast and the other for my platform notations), this is a bit annoying.

They use Trustly as one of several deposit withdrawal options, which means they should be able to handle very fast cash transfers. Lets see how that works out.
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Re: Everything you need to know about online roulette
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2017, 10:32:55 AM »

All live roulette casinos offer the same roulette software. Only in details there is a little bit difference.
All the websites have a lot webkillers. The software is very players unfriendly.



Re: Everything you need to know about online roulette
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2017, 10:57:12 AM »
Sorry Dobbie, but that claim is pure hogwash, nothing more.

My own extensive experience from participating in the Casino Online evolution for over a decade now, show that there still is a very diversified market, with most surely major players like Evolution, Netent, Microgaming, Platyech, Novomatic, etc. dominating said market, yet a few very good gold acorns can be found in independent providers like Draghonara, Portomaso that have developed their own platforms to suit their own high quality live non-studio and studio broadcasts.

While Draghonara broadcasted tables often use a very short bet window of 15-30 seconds depending on gambler participation, Portomaso have much longer bet windows, as does Casinos like S:T Vincent.
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Re: Everything you need to know about online roulette
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2017, 01:17:34 PM »
See the image what internet casinos offer. It is all the same . In more than 200 years the roulette of Blaise Pascal with the classic table is not changed. Without the help of a croupier you can not play the neghbors and the classic sector game. There is very less difference between Paytech. Microgaming, Novomatic Play`ngo, Netent etc.
The croupiers are like robots. The studios are very dull. The websites  contend many webkillers.
I have visit a large number of the well known live roulette sites.


Re: Everything you need to know about online roulette
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2017, 02:02:50 PM »
See the image what internet casinos offer. It is all the same . In more than 200 years the roulette of Blaise Pascal with the classic table is not changed. Without the help of a croupier you can not play the neghbors and the classic sector game.

Blaise Pascals Invention and the later 19th century revision is excellent and has served countless roulette players that know how to use this wheel config and table layout to their advantage, without any greater problem.

Your own "patented" solution, which btw I had a good chuckle the first time I saw it because I knew it from my own experiments in my younger years, and so does any normal roulette system developer that have experimented with that solution at least once during his or hers time of developing systems and platforms, has not, is not and will never be accepted by the Casinos. If you can never get that, you are not the sharpest knife in the drawer.

But feel free to wander around and show it in various Fairs. Who knows, some local hotel might catch on ...well at least until their constulted Mathematician informs them of the slight advantage given to the suckers, sorry, gamblers using it.

There is very less difference between Paytech. Microgaming, Novomatic Play`ngo, Netent etc.
The croupiers are like robots. The studios are very dull. The websites  contend many webkillers.
I have visit a large number of the well known live roulette sites.

Studios are supposed to be dull, but they serve a purpose. Dullness affects the mind. Makes it tired. Tiredness means errors which means your money transferred into the pockets of the Casinos.  Its called EI effect (Enviromental Interference). What haven´t you heard of it? Well hang on and you will feel it in other ways. Short bet window (20 sek and below), erratic net congestions, frequent dealer changes..u name it...

Personally I prefer the REAL LIVE casinos broad casting from REAL LIVE Grand Salons from famous Casinos. You can never get bored playing those tables via your large Computer screens. And if your Screen is beyond 16:9 like 21:9, then we really talk immersive experience from a real crowded grand salon ;)
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Re: Everything you need to know about online roulette
« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2017, 03:37:15 PM »

Online casinos are like heroin for the most addicted gamblers.   Bots for online casinos are an even dumber idea.  They're sold by gypsies to degenerate gambler's that don't comprehend basic probability.
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Re: Everything you need to know about online roulette
« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2017, 04:08:26 PM »
Evolution Gaming does offer live feeds from brick and mortar casinos, for example Dragonara casino in Malta.


Re: Everything you need to know about online roulette
« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2017, 04:57:39 PM »
Real.. Im curious what makes you happy in life. Ive never heard a positive thing from you on any topic... but to keep things interesting Id love to know what makes you smile.

Kav.... look like a great site with a lot of roulette games, thanks! Can you ask them if they have plans to accept bitcoin?


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Re: Everything you need to know about online roulette
« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2017, 05:22:22 PM »
Thanks Jake. Maybe in the future.

One thing I want to clear up, is the difference between an online casino like Royal Panda and a gaming software company like Evolution. The games are created and run by the software companies and they are offered to players by online casinos. Online casinos act like the middlemen, in a way, between the gaming companies and the players. This is all very well explained in our online roulette gaming companies guide.
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Re: Everything you need to know about online roulette
« Reply #10 on: October 12, 2017, 05:37:05 PM »
You forgot to add that the simple reason to this is that the Casinos have the gambling license from the local gambling comissions which the software companies are unable to hold.

A local gambling license  does prima facie mean a license which allows you to operate in any jurisdiction within your country. International gambling license do not exist.

There are two types of licenses. Offline and Online.

Looking at this legally you soon find that a question of gambling license and type of Casino is very territorial because of one simple reason of what it provides its territory issuing said license -  money.
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Re: Everything you need to know about online roulette
« Reply #11 on: October 12, 2017, 07:04:01 PM »
I looked at to see what they recommended before choosing an online casino. Top of their list with a score of 10.00 is Trada casino which is based on the Isle of Man, just over the water from me.  :) They have a nice selection of live roulette games for a range of budgets. Royal Panda are also there with a score of 8.3, not bad. I was amused to see that the big name UK sportsbooks which offer casinos such as William Hill, Ladbrokes, Bet365 and some others are generally not recommended or blacklisted. No surprise there then.


Re: Everything you need to know about online roulette
« Reply #12 on: October 12, 2017, 08:31:36 PM »
I personally believe in rating sites that have feedback from genuine users and in some way track negative user experiences.  We need some kind of guide like this to keep us safe from unscrupulous casinos.

I also trust personal recommendations from people that I know who have been successful with winning and withdrawing their funds.  The casinos I currently use aren't on any rating sites.
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Re: Everything you need to know about online roulette
« Reply #13 on: October 12, 2017, 09:10:08 PM »

Roulette is a very serious game. In short time you must take important decisions. This ask a large concentration.
The live online roulette  games have a lot of tricks to break your concentration..Superfluous popups with non information. Imersive  uses fast changing video picture.The slow motion of the landing of the ball is absolute superfluous.

Casino Licensing
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Casino Licensing

In order to apply for a license, applicants must go through several security and background checks along as procedural and operational practices. This is all in necessary in order to guarantee legitimacy and fairness. Some checks include background information, game fairness and random number generation guarantee, tax and financial status, ethical business practices, fair employment, criminal background and more.

The applicant must also undergo regular financial and tax auditing and technical tests to ensure everything complies properly. This procedure is intended to improve the quality of services rendered and player satisfaction as well as an overall honest and safe gaming and operational environment. These jurisdictions also serve as mediators for disputes between operators and players or operators and official organizations through their respective gambling authority offices. These gambling authority organizations are the ones entrusted by its respective governments to carry out the licensing, monnitoring and regulatory procedures. The most popular of such organizations include:
  • Alderney Gambling Commission
  • Curaçao Gaming Control
  • Gibraltar Gambling Ordinance
  • IoM Gambling Supervision Commission
  • Kahnawake Gaming Commission
  • Malta Lotteries and Gaming Authority
  • UK Gambling Commission
  • Antigua & Barbuda FSRC Gaming Division

Malta is a little island in the Mediterranean, just beneath Sicily and part of the EU. Small as it may be and with less than half a Million inhabitants, Malta is perhaps the most important online gambling jurisdiction in the world. It has granted licenses to well over 380 online gaming sites and has been doing so since the year 2000 through the Public Lotto Ordinance and later through the Lotteries and Gaming Authority (LGA). It has developed and created very specific and rigorous policies and procedures for remote gambling operations.

The “Remote Gambling Regulations” were completely restructured in 2004 and now it offers 4 different types of gambling licenses:
  • Class 1 gaming license: for operators providing online casino games, games of chance, and games that use a random number generator.
  • Class 2 gaming license: for online sports and betting operators.
  • Class 3 gaming license: for advertisers and promotion companies that operate from Malta.
  • Class 4 gaming license: for companies that host and manage remote gaming operations but are not themselves operators.
All companies wishing to license their gaming sites, must pay an initial licensing fee of approximately €2,500 along with other recurring licensing fees. Licenses have a validity of 5 years and the gaming tax is of 0.5% of the licensee’s turnover.

As is usual in many other jurisdictions, websites that have been granted a Maltese gaming license are not allowed to offer or take wagers from Maltese citizens.

It wasn't until the year 2007 that Malta finally made it to the UK’s approved list of jurisdictions that match and/or surpass England’s high level of gaming regulations. This resulted in many companies with British gaming interests to settle in Malta.

Curaçao and Netherlands AntillesIn 2002 the regulation of online gaming companies was finally decentralized from the “Curacao Gaming Control Board” and this type of industry started flourishing in the paradise island. Even though the online gaming industry has been recently in descent and almost no new companies are licensing or moving their operations in Curacao, there are currently short over 400 licenses being upheld in the island.

The advantages to having a license from the Netherlands Antilles include the possibility of obtaining sub-licenses to online gaming operations from the Netherlands Antilles and sub-dividing existing gambling licenses to be used by “sister” companies. These licenses can be used to operate several type of online gambling businesses including but not limited to:
A contribution of up to 2% of the license holder's net profit may be demanded of whichever island is currently hosting the online gaming company. Since Curaçao chose to become independent in 2010, it has also become an independent and separate jurisdiction according to its own government laws and regulations. Curaçao can offer online gambling licenses without having to receive approval of its former regional gambling authority, the Netherlands Antilles National Ordinance on Offshore Hazard Games legislation.

KahnawakeThe “Kahnawake Gaming Commission” was founded in 1996 and is since holding licenses to over 100 online gambling sites. The basic requirements for acquiring a license are:
  • that only suitable persons and entities are permitted to operate online gaming establishments.
  • that all games are fair and yield true and random results to players.
  • that all winners are paid their corresponding game play earnings and all monies are kept safe.
Licensing in the Kahnawake jurisdiction does not come cheap. All applicants must pay a gaming license fee of CAD$25,000 plus a systems testing deposit of CAD$15,000 and finally a license fee for the first year of operation worth CAD$10,000 (refundable). On top of this, online gaming companies must pay CAD$5,000 licenses for all “key-members” of a company who play a pivotal role in the proper operation of the license holders online gaming business.

Costa RicaThis jurisdiction is special in the sense that the the government does not consider online gambling to be taking place at the location of the gaming servers but instead at the place where the player is interacting with the gaming software. Thus it has had little use or incentive to introduce effective gambling legislations and as long as gambling companies do not offer their services to local residents, they're virtually free from scrutiny. That may explain why Costa Rica has been a favourite destination and operations centre to hundreds of legal and illegal online gaming companies. Currently there are approximately over 160 such companies operating from this Central American country.

The lack of a proper gaming legislation does not only result in companies self-regulating their activities, lack of monitoring and testing but also (and to the delight of most of these companies) to no gaming tax collection. Online gaming sites are registered as “data processing” companies and are licensed as such and must only pay a license fee of $5000 and $500 legal costs fees.

In 2013, the government started looking into creating an online gambling control board to regulate and monitor companies already based and looking to set base in Costa Rica while possibly taxing them a very low percentage of the gross income (probably no more than 0.5%).

GibraltarThis tiny territory is a self-governing British Dependency and a member of the European Union and most importantly, it is independent from UK tax laws. It is home to almost 280 online gaming sites and barely over 25 online gaming operators and the industry employs over 2000 people. Licensee’s are regulated under the Gambling Ordinance of 2005.

A more “exclusive” gambling jurisdiction, Gibraltar licenses mainly only operators who have a proven track record and whose software has undergone and passed rigorous testing. But on the other hand, it's probably one of the cheaper licensing jurisdictions in Europe. Gaming tax is of 1% on gross turnover, capped at £425,000 but with a minimum of £85,000. This is well affordable to most companies who wish to acquire a license from Gibraltar. Also, there is no Vaue Added Tax (VAT) in Gibraltar.

United KingdomThe UK allows online gaming since 2006 as long as it's regulated by the Gambling Commission under the Gambling Act of 2005. Thera re currently over 90 online gaming companies registered in the UK which are allowed to operate from within the country and offer all types of gaming products such as poker, casino games, bingo, sports betting and race betting. The gaming tax is much higher at 15%. With first-world infrastructure and services, financial security backing and plenty of job demand, it's turned out to be quite a lucrative gaming jurisdiction despite high salaries, social benefits and high taxes.

The United Kingdom government published a Draft Gambling Bill on December on 2012 which if it were to turn into a law, it would restructure licensing, regulations, compliance and tax regulations set up by the 2005 Gambling Act. Another important point in the new bill draft is a redesign of how taxes work for online gambling operators. Until now it was the location of the operator which decided how much taxes we to be paid, but with the new law it would be the location of the gambler which establishes the parameters for calculating apropriate taxes. So operators located anywhere in the world who cater to UK gamblers would pay not just the 15% gambling tax but also all extra costs involved in the entire regulation process.

Antigua and BarbudaThe islands of Antigua and Barbuda offer two types of online gaming licenses under the “Financial Services Regulatory Commission - Division of Gaming” (FSRC Gaming Division): interactive gaming (casino games and poker) and interactive wagering (sports betting). Unlike other non-European gaming jurisdictions, Antigua and Barbuda have very high fees including a non-refundable deposit of $10,000 for due diligence plus an annual license fee for interactive gaming at $75,000 (and/or an annual license fee for interactive wagering at $50,000) and key-person licenses at $1,000 for the first year and $250 for renewal years.

Readers might remember this gambling jurisdiction from a 2003 dispute process involving the World Trade Organization (WTO) against the U.S.A. The islands claimed that the American internet gambling policies constituted a violation of an international pact called the General Agreement on Trade in Services or GATS and resulted in a WTO ruling against the U.S.A. for violating the GATS.

The U.S.A. was given a one-year time frame to bring its laws into conformity with the GATS, but the compliance deadline passed with the U.S.A. Failing to take corrective action. To make matters even worse, the U.S. passed a bill in 2006 prohibiting online gambling altogether. Several other agreements have failed, including annual trade sanctions on behalf of Antigua and Barbuda and up to their final meeting in 2009 (during the Bush administration) no agreement had been possible to reach.

Other less popular jurisdictions around the world include Australia, Cyprus, Hong Kong, Native Territories, New Zealand. Russian Federation, Sweden, Tasmania and United States.
Why Certification Is NeededThe world of online gambling is always changing, and new Internet casinos are prone to appear without warning. Anyone with the necessary technical knowledge can put up a gaming site, and not all of these individuals are operating with the purest of intentions.By obtaining certification from various entities, a site is telling potential players that it has chosen to be reviewed and held accountable for their actions. This assures a gamer that their payouts should arrive in a timely manner and all casino software operates fairly.
Of course, some crooked casinos have been known to put up false certificates, so it’s always a good idea to double-check your information. A number of casino watchdog sites exist, and their entire purpose revolves around outing unfair gaming practices and exposing crooker operators.Types of Certificates for Online CasinosThere are three major ways for an Internet gaming establishment to demonstrate some form of certification. These include:1. Jurisdictional Licenses – Even crooked casinos are usually licensed in one of several gaming jurisdictions around the globe. Some of these regions require strict guidelines to be followed, while others are happy to receive an annual payment and look the other way. The quality of the various jurisdictions is discussed in greater detail later in this article.
  • 2. Security Companies – These regulatory bodies check gaming sites for criminal activities and make sure players are protected from any other sort of illegal operations.
  • 3. Software Testing Companies – These independent organizations make sure that the casino software is operating fairly and the random number generator is truly random. If glitches or weaknesses are found during an evaluation, the casino then has the opportunity to correct any problems.
  • Major Gambling JurisdictionsThe following are the primary gambling jurisdictions that give out licenses to online casinos. In order to maintain their license, the casino operators must adhere to standards set forth by the jurisdiction’s governing boy. These are listed in order of best to worst.United Kingdom – The UK Gambling Commission assumed its duties in 2007, and they are responsible for regulating land-based and remote gambling based on the territory of Great Britain.
  • Isle of Man – The Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Committee was founded in 1962 and later became one of the first jurisdictions to offer licenses to online gaming companies.
  • Alderney – In 2000, the Alderney Gambling Control Commission was established to ensure the fairness of all online gambling operations based on the island.
  • Kahnawake – Regulates online casinos, poker rooms, and sportsbook sites located within the Mohawk Territory of Kahnawake. The initial application fee costs $25,000.
  • Curacao – Gaming licenses began being issued regularly from this island in 2002.
  • Cyprus – Licenses have been granted for over a decade, but their governing body has frequently been criticized for a lack of oversight.
  • Gibraltar – Numerous testing and auditing requirements must be met before a license is granted, but this hasn’t stopped the GRA from drawing criticism for its lax regulatory methods.
  • Malta – The Lotteries and Gaming Authority exists to prevent money laundering, keep games fair, and protect minors. According to feedback, they’ve only been partially successful.
  • Costa Rica – Over 200 online gambling companies are located in Costa Rica, and they are allowed to operate however they want as long as they refuse to offer their services to local residents. The end result is that a license from Costa Rica is easy to come by and not especially reliable.
  • Other Forms of Online Gambling CertificationIn addition to the jurisdiction that licenses a casino, you should also search for one or more of these gambling certifications.eCOGRA – Established in the UK in 2003, this regulatory body tests and certifies online casinos in territories ranging from Kahnawake to the Isle of Man. Numerous certifications are available, including the Safe and Fair Seal, Certified Software Seal, and Affiliate Trust Seal. A list of licensed casinos is kept on their website, so you can always check if you suspect a site of displaying false credentials.
  • GamCare – The presence of this logo on a casino shows that the staff has been adequately trained to recognize and deal with problem gambling.
  • SSL Certificate – Allows secure sessions between web servers and browsers. Clients may apply for a range of certificates, and each comes with their own qualifications.
  • Most Trusted Online Casino OperatorsInstead of naming individual sites as the most trusted online casino operators with legit certification, I’ve decided to list a few groups that manage multiple gaming destinations. Each of these casino groups has been recognized for achievements ranging from game selection to customer service, which means your session should be fun and problem-free.Club World Casinos – If you’re looking for casinos with exceptional customer service and overall operations that rank among the most respected in the industry, then you’ll want to try a few of the properties managed by this group. They were awarded “Best Casino Group” in 2009, and the following sites fall under their umbrella: Club World Casino, Lucky Red Casino, and Aladdin’s Gold Casino.
  • 32Red Plc – These casino operators manage a number of properties, and each is dedicated to providing unparalleled support to their customers. They have all the certifications you would hope for from a top-end property, and they offer a wide range of games to suit anyone’s gambling needs. Their payouts are fast and reliable, and any customer concerns are handled in a prompt and courteous manner. In short, it’s hard to beat the casinos from 32Red Plc, which is why they were awarded “Best Casino Group” by Casinomeister in both 2010 and 2011. Their sites include the following: 32Red Casino, Dash Casino, Golden Lounge, and NedPlay Casino.
  • Rank Interactive – The casinos operated by Rank feature a number of items that benefit the player. These include: weekend payouts, fast payouts, excellent customer service, no reverse time, and a wide selection of casino games and gaming providers (such as IGT, Playtech, and Cryptologic). They were voted “Best Casino Group” in 2012 by one of the most prominent watchdog sites in the industry, and their number of customer complaints is surprisingly low. Rank is also licensed in Alderney, a gaming jurisdiction known for its stringent requirements and oversight. Their casinos include Grosvenor Casino, Mecca Bingo, and Blue Square Casino.
  • Now that you have a better idea of the most trusted online casino operators with legit certification, it’s time to make a selection and start playing. Gamblers in the United States will have to work harder to find suitable gambling accommodations, but players in other parts of the world should be able to visit the sites listed above, sign up for free, and embark on a fun and potentially profitable adventure. Even if you decide to go a different direction, always make sure that your casino of choice is licensed in a reputable jurisdiction and contains the blessing of regulatory bodies such as eCOGRA.
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