Downloading a game of roulette to your computer is probably easier than you think. Online roulette is an exciting and fun way to practice or just kill some time. Assuming you have a reasonably high-speed connection (and who doesn’t, these days?), you can have the software downloaded and start playing in a matter of a couple minutes.
Some online casinos don’t allow real money roulette play from the United States. This has become increasingly prevalent since 2011, which is when the Department of Justice started cracking down on offshore gambling. The difference is usually based on the software involved, but not always.
Complicating the whole “roulette download” process even further is the new rise in popularity of completely legal and regulated online casino gambling in the United States. Three states (Delaware, New Jersey, and Nevada) now license Internet casinos. But there is a catch—you have to be a resident of that particular state in order to play for real money. This complicates things because certain software, like Microgaming, for example, used to turn away all players from the USA.
But now certain casinos in those newly regulated states are powered by software packages which have been turning away real money online gamblers for years. One example is 888 Casino, which has allowed no real money players from the United States since 2011. Now that New Jersey has regulated Internet games for money, 888 is the software that powers Bally’s online slots.
The process for downloading Internet casino software is usually pretty straightforward. Visit several online casino portals and look for a property which looks like it will suit your needs. Be sure to note whether or not they accept real money players from your jurisdiction. Also investigate their reputation—casinos which are slow to pay out winnings are best avoided.
Once you’ve decided on a casino that you think will be appropriate, visit their site and look for a button that says “Play Now” or something similar. (Don’t worry—this button will be prominent and easy to find.) When you click that button, you’ll usually get a pop-up browser window asking for your member log-in. You’ll probably be new to the casino and won’t have one, and if that’s the case, you’ll usually find a link to sign up as a new member. (Verbiage like “New Member? Sign up here!” is common.)
You’ll be required to fill out some information before starting your download. This includes the username you want to use, your email address, a password, and possibly your address and phone number, too. You’ll also be asked to certify that you’re over 21 years old. Some casinos will also ask you to confirm that all your other information is accurate, and that you’re not an employee of the casino. Another common restriction is that you not allow anyone else to access or play from your account.
Once you’ve registered, you’ll be able to click on a button that reads “Download Now” or similar. You’ll click on “run” or “open” in order to start the download. You’ll usually need to agree to the terms and conditions. At some casinos, you’ll also be asked to select your primary language.
At this point, you should be able to click on the “Next” button and watch the download bar as it shows how far your download has gotten. It will usually include the download rate, which shows the speed of the download, and also the amount of time left in the process. On most high speed connections, this will take a minute or two at the most.
Some casinos reverse the process. They’ll ask you to download the software first and then register. That’s okay. Different businesses have different checkout procedures, so that’s nothing to panic about.
Most casinos will, as part of the download process, set up an icon on your desktop so it will be easy to find the casino and play roulette when you’re in the mood. If at any point you have trouble with the download, most reputable Internet casinos offer 24/7 customer support.
Something else to keep in mind is that you’re not required to play roulette for real money. All reputable online casinos offer free versions of all their games. I suggest playing the fake money, just for fun, free roulette games before making your first deposit and playing for real money.
This will help you decide whether or not you like the software. If you hate the software, then you shouldn’t play for real money at that casino. Just try another casino with a different software provider in the background. The Internet offers plenty of different versions of casino software to choose from, so don’t settle.
Finally, please remember that if you are going to try a roulette download, don’t gamble with money you can’t afford to lose. Roulette is a negative expectation game, and plenty of lives have been ruined when they lost control of their gambling impulses.