There’s a lot to be said for the KISS principle. The phrase was originally coined in the design industry, but the basic idea of Keep It Simple, Stupid is one that works across a whole range of contexts. Take casino gaming. These days, whether you’re playing in the middle of the Las Vegas strip, on your smartphone or somewhere in between, there are ever more complex slot games, dozens of variations of poker and a whole range of new skill-based games.

Yet what is consistently more popular than all of those? A ball landing in a random slot on a spinning wheel. Roulette is a game that’s been around for well over 350 years. Over that period, it transfixed the nobles in the parlors of pre-revolutionary France before becoming a casino mainstay everywhere from Monte Carlo to Las Vegas.

Today, it is as popular as ever and a whole new generation of players are discovering it via live gaming platforms such as, where they can play from the comfort of their own homes but interacting with a real, human croupier with every spin of the wheel. The simplicity of the game is part of its attraction – after all, everyone knows how to play roulette. Still, there are some things to keep in mind before you start playing.

European is best

No, it’s not a political endorsement of the EU, it’s simply the fact that a European roulette wheel, with one zero, has a lower house edge than an American wheel, which also has a double zero. This means that when you play on a European wheel, your bankroll will last longer. Most casinos, whether online or in the real world, offer both types of wheel, so always choose the European if it is available.

Choose your platform with care

The majority of people choose to play roulette online, either via their computer or smartphone. There are dozens of platforms and online casino sites, and they all have roulette wheels, but don’t assume they are all the same. You can afford to be choosy, so make sure you pick a reputable site that has transparent security and governance policies. That way, you know your money and your personal data are in safe hands.

Keep on the lookout for bonuses

What’s not to like about free money? Bonuses are a great way to play for longer on the same budget, so shop around. Many sites will double your opening deposit, for example. However, be aware that if something looks too good to be true it probably is. Remember the advice in the point above, and be very cautious about sites you have never heard of that seem to be offering immense free bonuses.

Live action makes for a better experience

Those live dealers we mentioned earlier really enhance the game and make the whole experience more authentic. They can also help your bankroll to last longer, as when a real person is spinning a real roulette wheel, it takes a little longer than a virtual wheel spinning on your screen. So always opt for a live dealer option if available.