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How are casino classics like roulette staying popular in the internet age?


As the 21stcentury gathers pace and we move into the third decade, there are many aspects of life that have changed almost beyond recognition since those long-ago millennium celebrations. Gaming is one of the biggest and most obvious examples. Back then, gamers played on their consoles, handhelds and perhaps their PCs, and were predominantly kids or young adults. Games on your mobile phone? Well, those were just starting to enter the equation, but were limited to time-killers like Snake, Tetris or Solitaire. 

Now, it seems that everyone is a gamer to a greater or lesser extent. However, the games themselves have not changed as much as you might think. In the online casino sector, there’s plenty of innovation, including the exciting new opportunities opened up by skill-based games. Yet it is the classics like roulette, baccarat and blackjack that continue to be the most popular. Just how is that happening? 

It’s all about the experience

Let’s look at roulette as an example. It’s been around for more than 200 years, and as games go, it’s not exactly sophisticated. Drop a ball into a spinning wheel and guess where it will stop – put like that, it’s probably one step behind rock, paper, scissors. But the secret behind its longevity is not the gameplay as such but the overall experience. 

If you have a night out in a casino, the roulette wheel is generally the most lively place to be, and the simplicity of the game means newcomers are just as likely to win as seasoned players. The latest online casino experiences at sites like feature live, human dealers and other players, bringing that whole “night out” experience to your desktop or mobile.

Taking on the house on level terms

That whole aspect of a “great experience” is why casinos in general remain popular. After all, we know they have to take more money than they pay out, as they have staff costs, overheads and expectant shareholders, just like any other business. In other words, anyone visiting one does not expect to leave with a profit, but that’s not the idea behind a fun night out in luxury surroundings. 

The online versions, however, give you a better chance of having your cake and eating it. Running a virtual casino means lower costs than a physical one. But there are also other mays to monetize it, for example through advertising. These combine to mean the online site can survive with a far lower house edge. Some will even offer games like “no zero roulette” where there is no house edge at all. 

Develop your skills and find success

In other games, practice and dedication can lead to tangible results. Study blackjack strategy, for example, and the deeper you go, the better your chances of winning. But in poker, you can take that to a whole different level by transitioning from chance-based games against the dealer to serious games against human opposition. 

The popularity of WSOP events has launched the game into the public eye as something closer to a sport than a game, and there’s even talk of it becoming an Olympic event. It’s factors like these that show how and why these historic games remain as popular as ever in the digital age.

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