How to Play Roulette Royale: Rules & Strategy

roulette royaleRoulette Royale isn’t exactly a ‘variant’ of roulette. To be exact, it’s one of the only online roulette games that offers a progressive jackpot.

Launched for the first time in online casinos by Microgaming, Roulette Royale is basically a game of European roulette with a progressive jackpot.

European roulette rules are still in place. This means that you are playing with a 37-number wheel, and there are no insurance bets possible.

So, the one defining factor of Roulette Royale is the progressive jackpot. But what is that exactly?

Progressive Jackpot: How Does it Work?

You’ll find progressive jackpots available as a feature in many different types of casino games. Sometimes just one game has the feature; other times, several games are linked up to one big progressive jackpot.

The way it works is that the more you play, the higher the final jackpot rises. Every time you place bets in whatever game you’re playing, the final jackpot increases by a small amount.

With Roulette Royale specifically, the progressive jackpot feature will differ from game to game. For instance, in Microgaming’s Roulette Royale, it depends on how many times the wheel hits the same number.

The game requires you to place a chip on the “Jackpot side bet”. Then, if the wheel hits one number 5 times, you win the jackpot.

Roulette Royale Strategy: How to Use Progressive Betting Systems

As we mentioned, Roulette Royale follows the basic gameplay of European Roulette. You place bets, press the “spin” button, and the round begins.

If you want, you can just use the same strategy you always use for European roulette when playing this game. If this strategy is just even-money bets, then that’s fine.

However, if you’re a more advanced player, chances are you’ve heard of the progressive betting systems that can optimize your roulette strategy.

Let’s have a look at the three most popular systems, all named after their creators.

  1. Martingale System

When you begin playing, you decide on a “base unit” or minimum for all bets. The strategy is that you double your stake every time you lose. And when you win, you stake one base unit again.

This system is dangerous because it’s based on the flawed logic that “you can’t possibly have one long streak of losses – you’ll win at some point”.

The idea is that if you keep doubling your stakes, you’ll win back all your losses. At some point.

Basically, it’s the perfect way to play yourself into a pit, so you’re better off looking at the next two systems.

  1. D’Alembert system

This system involves increasing your bets after a loss and decreasing them after a win.

It doesn’t require continuing to increase your bets after multiple losses, so you don’t wind up in the negative cycle of the Martingale system.

  1. Labouchère System

Again, this is a negative progression system based on increasing your stakes after losing bets. The complex logic behind this one aims to cover your losses with multiple wins.

You’ll have to look this one up to brush up on the details because it’s the most complex of the three, though possibly the safest too.