To start with, let's examine the Golden Palace's stated methodology.
"While the number arrangement around the roulette wheel is the main predictor
of randomness in Las Vegas, playing online is a little different. Where the
ball lands in an online roulette wheel is wholly dependent upon a piece of
software called a Random Number Generator (RNG). An online casino's RNG is
quite similar to an RNG chip found inside a slot machine. It produces thousands
of random numbers each second, and those random numbers are extracted when an
event occurs (such as a roulette wheel being spun) and then mapped to an end
result (the ball landing on 14), via a set of rules that correspond to the odds
for a game. This way you get randomness and appropriate odds, exactly what you
need for a proper game."
Keep in mind, as is stated on the above page, there is no real reason for an
online casino to have the roulette results be anything but random, because
the odds in roulette are so much in the house's favor.
"On a European roulette wheel the house edge is approx. 2.70% - much lower than
the American wheel at 5.26%.
Golden Palace Online Casino is pleased to offer an outstanding version of
European roulette for our visitors."
Even at the reduced edge of around 2.70%, roulette provides a nice return for
the house. But, as you will see, leaving things at "nice" might not have been
good enough for at least one group of online casinos.
If an online casino was using something other than random numbers, it would
soon be known and publicized on a watchdog site, such as the popular "Wizard
of Odds" website. I have spent some time on this website reading up on "Deuces
Wild" gameplay strategy.
Here is an example of how an online casino was suspected of manipulating the
odds to the favor of the player, however in "for fun" play, and the results.
"My question is whether or not free online demo games follow the same system as
their money playing counterparts. I ask because I was playing Netgaming.com's
free roulette and it appeared as though the system was purposely letting you
win in order to bait you into playing for money.
To answer your question I gave Netgaming a try. In their single zero roulette
game I placed 200 bets on red. My results were 133 wins and 67 losses. The
probability of 133 or more wins in 200 spins is 1 in 3,788,515. So obviously
they were letting me win. Let the record show I do not approve of manipulating
the odds for any reason. So to Netgaming.com, and any other casinos that do
this, I say shame on you. However to fiddle with the odd with real money would
be a much greater sin and worthy of inclusion on my blacklist."
Here is the blacklist page on the Wizard of Odds website.
"All Elka System/Oyster Gaming casinos: After getting some anecdotal evidence
that Netgaming.com was cheating in free play mode I gave them a try. In their
single zero roulette game I placed 200 bets on red. My results were 133 wins
and 67 losses. The probability of 133 or more wins in 200 spins is 1 in
3,788,515. So obviously they were letting me win. I blame the software for this
and thus add all Elka/Oyster Gaming casinos to my blacklist."
The above page references another popular watchdog site, Casinomeister. Here
is their page that tracks Elka System Casinos/Oyster Gaming sites.
"Most of these casinos have a spotty record. They've participated in everything
from deceptive spam emails to copyright theft. The following is a list of
casinos that use this software, and other related websites that are located on
the same server ..."
So, when it comes to the Golden Palace in particular, there does not appear to
be any reason to doubt they use random numbers for their roulette play, but
there might be some online casinos that have manipulated "for fun" play as some
kind of enticement.
As to the latter, checking the casino watchdog websites on a regular basis
should help to alert you to any online casinos that use anything other than
random numbers in their roulette play.
If you need any clarification, please feel free to ask.
Examined and searched the three websites from my bookamrks, as noted above.
The Wizard of Odds
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