Playtech Marvel Roulette And Microgaming Roulette RoyaleBy: Adam Baker, Saturday February 9th 2013
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For long the only progressive jackpot online roulette variant available to online casino players has been Roulette Royale from Microgaming. Recently Playtech released Marvel Roulette that has a progressive jackpot attached. But there is one major difference in the progressive jackpots of these two games that raises some interesting questions. But first a description of the two progressive jackpot mechanisms is in order.
In Roulette Royale a separate $1 side bet towards the progressive jackpot is mandatory. The progressive jackpot is hit if the same number is called five times. This means that the player invests $5 for the chance of hitting the progressive jackpot. If the same number is called fewer than five times then much smaller fixed payouts are made to the player. The sequence of bets ends when a different number is called or when the progressive jackpot is hit. The Microgaming Roulette Royale is reset at $60,000.
Playtech Marvel Roulette is linked to the popular four-tier Marvel Mystery Jackpot of the Marvel branded Playtech super hero online slots. As in the online slots, the jackpot round can be triggered randomly after any spin of the roulette wheel, even if there is no payout in that spin. No extra wager is required. In fact, a bet of any size can trigger the Marvel Mystery Jackpot round. However, the chance of triggering it increases with the amount wagered. The jackpot round screen displays 20 squares. Players click on squares to reveal one of four jackpot symbols. Once three matching symbols are revealed, the progressive jackpot that corresponds to that symbol is awarded. The Power Jackpot resets at €50, the Extra Power Jackpot resets at €500, the Super Power Jackpot resets at €5,000 and the Ultimate Power Jackpot resets at €100,000.
In Microgaming Roulette Royale the progressive jackpot is triggered through events that take place within the online roulette game. In Playtech Marvel Roulette the triggering mechanism is external to the roulette game. Therefore, purist roulette players may feel shortchanged with Playtech Marvel Roulette. But this concept applies equally to online slot games. In some online slots the progressive jackpot is triggered by aligning five like symbols on an active payline while in others it is awarded randomly after any spin. The second concept has been accepted widely in online slots and therefore ultimately it should be accepted in other categories of online casino games as well.
In normal online roulette games all the parameters are known to the player and he can compute the average returns of each bet. This is true for Microgaming Roulette Royale. The average return for the progressive jackpot bet depends on the current value of the jackpot. Unless the jackpot amount is of the order of $750,000 or more, the returns are very low. Therefore there is little traffic on Microgaming Roulette Royale. At the time of writing the jackpot was last hit over three and a half years back. Since the progressive jackpot in Playtech Marvel Roulette is triggered randomly, the player does not have the information to perform the computations of average return. He can only go by past history. The highest Ultimate Power Jackpot has hit on an average 80 days for an average payout of $750,000.
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