Roulette is one of the most popular casino games both online and in brick and mortar casinos, yet it is often neglected when it comes to bonuses. And with a healthy house edge of 2.7%, players may be left wondering wondering why.
The reason for it’s exclusion from most welcome offers, or its vastly inflated wagering requirements, lies in how easy it is to manipulate and in the early days of online casinos many players would grind out the WR betting red/black. On the other end of the scale, players with big enough bankrolls could also aim for a big payday on a non-cashable bonus by betting the lot on a single number and then griding the rest of the WR out with smaller bets.
Most casinos are now wise to these strategies, however, and have protections in place to protect against them. Having said that, there are still plenty of places when you can get a roulette bonus, you’re just going to have to deal with a larger WR. As with blackjack, however, you can often find bonuses with a lower WR for roulette in live dealer casinos – see our live roulette page for more information.
The table below lists roulette bonuses according to WR, standardised in a ‘x bonus’ format. Pay careful attention to the notes as we list any game exclusions or other requirements, but make sure you thoroughly read the terms and conditions of the offer as well.
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Common Roulette Bonus Restrictions
The following is a list of the more common types of roulette restrictions we’ve come across when playing online. It isn’t all encompassing, but should cover most rules:
- Game Restrictions – In many casinos there will be restrictions on what games you can, or cannot, play. For example, they may exclude French Roulette as the La Partage/En Prison rule can cut the house edge in half, or only allow American Roulette with its higher house edge. Any game restriction should be clearly listed in the T&C’s of the offer.
- Maximum Coverage – One of the most basic and common rules is to restrict high coverage bets such as betting both red and black (or odd and even) at the same time. Some casinos will restrict bets specifically, or specify a maximum coverage (eg: no more than 50% of the numbers can be covered).
- Bet Restrictions – Following on from the maximum coverage rules, we’ve also seen bet types restricted. For example, no even-money wagers such as red or black. Or conversely we’ve also seen no single number betting – it really depends on the casino.
- Maximum/Minimum Bets – In order to stop players making large high variance bets on a game that is already fairly high variance (for straight up bets) some casinos will limit your maximum bet size. For example, max bet of Â£5 or 10% of your bonus. The actual numbers vary between casinos and not all have this rule.
Don’t let these rules put you off though, if you want to play roulette and fancy taking a bonus just make sure you pick a good one with as low a WR as you can get, and make sure you familiarise yourself with the rules before you begin playing.