Roulette Royale Online Casino Roulette JackpotBy: Rick Balding, Wednesday October 21st 2009
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The only online gaming software provider to include a progressive jackpot online roulette game in its portfolio is Microgaming. This variant of roulette is named as Roulette Royale. Because of its uniqueness Roulette Royale draws a lot of traffic despite the progressive jackpot not being very attractive.
In every spin the player has to place a compulsory wager of $1 towards the progressive jackpot. The payout for this bet is as follows. If any number is called consecutively two times then the payout is $15. The investment made is $2. If any number is called consecutively three times then the payout is $200, plus $15 from the earlier win. The investment made is $3. If any number is called consecutively four times then the payout is $3,000 plus $215 from the earlier wins. The investment made is $4. And if any number is called consecutively five times then the payout is the amount standing in the progressive jackpot at that time plus $3,215 from the earlier wins. The investment made is $5. Hence to win the progressive jackpot a minimum investment of $5 is essential.
The progressive jackpot in Roulette Royale starts at $60,000. It keeps on growing with every spin until it is hit. The jackpot does not grow by the full $1 wagered because a part of the amount is kept aside to seed the reset value. On an average over long periods it has demonstrated a growth of about $750 per day. The average payout of the jackpot amount is around $670,000. However that has been one payout about a year back that was very close to $1 million.
The house edge can be computed mathematically. At the reset value of the jackpot of $60,000 the house edge is about 37%. When the progressive jackpot rises to $780,000 the house edge becomes zero. Thereafter the Roulette Royale becomes a paying proposition and draws increasing amounts of traffic. But players do wager on this progressive jackpot game even at the high house edges. This is because players take much higher risks when the amount at stake is so large. This is characteristic of all progressive jackpots and in this regard the progressive jackpot in Roulette Royale is no different.
Without the progressive jackpot Roulette Royale follows the European roulette rules. It is played with 37 numbers on the wheel that consist of numbers 1 to 36 and 0. Hence it does not have the disadvantage of American roulette, which is played with 0 and 00. Nor does it have the advantage of French roulette in which half of the even money bets are returned when 0 is called.
Features wise Roulette Royale is as good as any of the other roulette versions offered by Microgaming. A large number of customization options have been provided that include quick spin, zoom animations and sound options. There is an Expert Mode that allows a comprehensive Auto Play feature and also allows neighbor bets to be conveniently placed. Players who are fond of placing complicated bets can save up to eight bets using the Edit option. The black and red numbers history is displayed on the screen and more detailed game statistics can be obtain through the Statistics menu.
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