Playing online roulette is very similar to playing one of the popular slot machines. They are basically video games which have been specially programmed to accurately match the behavior of an actual roulette wheel. So, how random is online roulette?
Well, luckily, there are a number of safeguards in place now to protect players from this potentially harmful type of gaming. Most online casinos use what’s called an encryption system. This encryption system scrambles the random number generator, or rather the key which will unlock the secrets of the game. Without the key, it would be next to impossible for any software to decipher the outcome of the online roulette game.
Apart from the encryption keys, all roulette sites will also use what’s known as a roulette house edge. The roulette site, in order to protect themselves and their customers, uses a minimum of fifty percent match up in terms of bets between players at different roulette sites. This means that, on average, your winnings on each game will be spread across multiple roulette sites. This is the same as the house edge; the higher the house edge, the more unevenly spread your winnings will be across the different sites. Roulette players who win on one site will almost certainly lose on the other.
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A larger but still relatively small amount, about ten to twenty percent, is the average match up between player sites in terms of their respective house edges. When taking this into account, online roulette games which use random number generators as their source of randomness have far lower house edges than those that use a physical wheel. Roulette with a physical wheel has a much higher random number generator, and therefore a larger house edge. Online roulette games using random number generators, which use numbers generated by a statistical procedure called simulation have significantly lower house edges than those using the actual wheel.