My brother and I are one of the "independents" that will be debuting our roulette variation, "Riverboat Roulette", at G2E this year. As a result, I'm wanting to gain viable feedback from members of the group because I know you are ones who will view the game with a high level of scrutiny and an analytical eye. As a result, please give me your honest feedback -- all feedback is good!
Riverboat Roulette Rules of Play1. Riverboat Roulette is a roulette variation that allows players the ability to play traditional roulette while adding to option of making multiple spin wagers on any of the six multi-spin colored sections on the roulette wheel.
2. Players may wager on any of the multi-spin colored sections or on the single-spin white section.
3. Winning colored section bets pay odds on winning wagers.
4. Winning white section bets also pay odds but lose on all other outcomes.
5. Colored section wagers that don't win "push" and only lose when the outcome results in the white section (Called a White Out) -- creating a multiple spin version of roulette.
**Note: Players may leave their pushed wagers in place, take them down, or add to their bets** House Edge on New Betting Options
White Neighborhood: 5.26% ( Winning Payout of 7:2)
Blue & Orange Neighborhoods: 2.63% (Winning Payout of 7:5)
Purple & Pink Neighborhoods: 4.21% (Winning Payout of 8:5)
Light Blue & Yellow Neighborhoods: 5.26% (Winning Payout of 2:1)** Mathematical Analysis Conducted by GLI** Points to Consider
We have several designs that we have developed for the wheel / layout. As a result, the images you see are only one wheel / layout of many. However, we purposely grouped the neighborhoods together to entice players to increase their average bet per spin in their attempt to better predict the outcome of each spin.
Additionally, since three multi-spin neighborhoods exist on each side of the wheel, we feel that some players may view these options as a new type of "dozens" bet. Although we did protect all the various possibilities of neighborhoods (from a 1 spot neighborhood to an 8 spot neighborhood), we deliberately made neighborhoods of 5, 4, and 3 spots on each side, instead of 4 neighborhoods of 3 (which would pay 2:1) or 3 neighborhoods of 4 (Paying 8:5). This way, if they truly want to buy this "dozen" bet, they will have to bet of minimum of $5 on each neighborhood or 3 times the amount of a traditional dozen bet in order to get all their 12 numbers grouped together. However, they will only get paid 2:1 odds on 3 of the 12 numbers.
Next, we also believe that some roulette players may not actually play the multi-spin wagers, but will use the highlighted sections to help them determine numbers that they will bet straight up and in higher amounts.Security
We also believe that by highlighting the multi-spin, colored, neighborhoods, it will be much easier for casino personnel & security to better determine if sectioning / weak dealing procedures are present and to better identifyi AP roulette players (if you believe in such a thing).Over-the-Rainbow Bet
Although you don't see it on the version depicted above, we have also developed a side-bet for those players and casinos looking for some trip changing winning wager. This bet is similar to a fire-bet / bonus-craps type wager where a specified number of the colored neighborhoods must be hit before a "White Out". Tell us what you think!
In closing, I know we already broke one of the Wizard's Commandants about tinkering with roulette (lol), however, I would appreciate any and all feedback on the game and feel free to provide both "positive" and "negative" feedback. After all, we feel that all feedback is good because it may help us consider things we've not thought of or help us refine our approach in offering Riverboat Roulette to casinos and players alike. If you're going to be at G2E this year, stop by and see us at booth #2712!