Online Roulette in Massachusetts
Roulette has arrived in Massachusetts with the opening of two new casino resorts but players will have to hold out a while long to be able to play roulette online.
Massachusetts’ 2011 gambling bill paved the way for the new MGM and Encore casinos to open in the state, bringing dozens of roulette tables with them. While you can now play roulette at the Springfield and Boston casinos, the state continues to ban online roulette and other online casino games.
That could soon change. The opening of the MGM and Encore casinos has breathed new life into gambling in the state and lawmakers are in the process of moving forward with a sports betting legalization bill that will allow existing in-state casinos and some online-only operators to launch online platforms. With a renewed push to expand gaming in the state, it may only be a matter of time until the legislature allows MGM and Encore to bring their games online.
In the meantime, Massachusetts players can still find roulette games at social casinos, which use a unique model to get around state restrictions and let gamers play roulette, slots, and blackjack for real money.
How to Play Roulette Online
Roulette is a game of luck and the only option you get is which numbers to bet on. Roulette allows you to bet on large sets of numbers, like odd/even, black/red, and 1-18/19-36, which pays out 1:1. You can also bet on sets of 12 numbers, which pays out 2:1, as well as sets of 2, 3, 4, or 6 numbers, which offer higher payouts and added risk. Betting on individual numbers pays out 35:1. You can also make multiple bets on a single turn.
Another key decision you will make is choosing which roulette game to play. European Roulette, which is the most common version found at casinos, has a single 0 and a house edge of 2.7%. American Roulette features two 0s, which doubles the house edge to 5.3%. Other games, like French Roulette, offer “la partage” rules, in which you only lose half your bet if the ball lands on a 0 in even money wagers. This cuts the house edge down to 1.35%. Some games use “en prison” rules, which also help cut the house edge. Under “en prison” rules, your bet is locked up for an additional spin if the ball lands on 0. If the ball lands on black, you get your money back. If the ball lands on red, you lose your full bet.
Online Roulette Massachusetts
Though online roulette is still prohibited in Massachusetts for the time being, social casinos offer a way to play your favorite casino games online, win real cash, and not run afoul of any laws.
Social casinos use a “sweepstakes” model where you can buy play money and receive a “gift” of coins with each purchase. You can use these coins to play roulette, slots, or blackjack and then redeem them for their cash equivalent when you are ready to cash out. Since you cannot bet real money and cannot technically buy the coins, the model is perfectly legal and does not violate any state laws.
Social casinos have limited game selections but offer all the basics of an online casino. It’s quite likely that the Massachusetts casino expansion and the sports betting bill that will allow them to set up online platforms will ultimately usher in legal online roulette but for now the only game in town is social casinos.