Playtech Video RouletteBy: rkingsley, Sunday January 8th 2012
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If anyone thought that the online roulette game could not be improved upon visually then Video Roulette from Playtech will prove them wrong. The graphics are really sharp and the video displays of the croupier spinning the wheel and the close up of the wheel are awesome. But players will need a fast Internet connection to take advantage of this. Players with a slow speed connection can play in the Turbo mode that does away with the videos and announces the called number directly. There is also a provision to abort the video after it starts.
Playtech Video Roulette is based on the European Roulette layout with a single zero and numbers displayed in red and black. But the French Roulette La Partage bet applies. This returns half the wager on even money bets in case zero is called and thus reduces the house edge on these bets. The basic online roulette features have obviously been incorporated in Video Roulette. These include buttons for Repeat, Double, Remove and Remove All, which serve the standard functions. The regular Inside and Outside bets can be placed in the usual manner.
Clicking on the Special button opens up a drop down box with a list of bets associated with French Roulette in land casinos, but now offered in most online roulette variants. These are explained in the Help file that can be accessed from the Menu button in the bottom toolbar. Some of these bets are explained below. The Zero Game bet includes zero and six numbers closest to zero on the wheel. These numbers are 12, 35, 3, 26, 0, 32 and 15. The bet consists of 4 chips or multiples thereof placed as follows: 1 chip on 0-3 split, 1 on 12-15 split, 1 on 26 straight up and 1 on 32-35 split. There are three types of Finale bets. Finale Plein covers all numbers on the layout ending in a particular number. For example Finale Plein 3 will cover 3, 13, 23 and 33 with one chip each. Finale Cheval Plein covers all numbers ending in either of the given numbers. The numbers are consecutive. Finale Cheval Plein 3/4 will cover 3, 4, 13, 14, 23, 24, 33 and 34 with one chip each. In the Finale Cheval bet the two given numbers are not consecutive but staggered by three. The Orphelin Plein and the Les Orphelins bets are identical, as are Serie 0/2/3 and Les Vousins Du Zero and Serie 5/8 and Tiers Du Cylindre. Playtech caters to players from many European countries and wants to cover all nomenclatures in Video Roulette.
The defining feature of Playtech Video Roulette is the Heat Map. Mathematically, the past history is "history" in roulette and it cannot be used to predict the future outcomes. Before any spin, each number has the same likelihood of being called. But roulette fanatics still believe in tracking past numbers to predict numbers more likely to be called. The Heat Map is one such system of visually depicting this. The exact mechanism of tracking used in Playtech Video Roulette has not been specified. But the most likely numbers, the "hot" numbers, appear on the right of the heat map layout and the least likely numbers, the "cold" numbers appear on the left. The wheel format of the heat map also assigns probabilities of the numbers being called. However, the actual payout for individual numbers remains at 35 to 1 irrespective of its position on the heat map.
Video Roulette is already live at several Playtech online casinos. CasinoAdvisor recommends Casino Tropez.
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