Roulette

Roulette can be simply defined as a casino game played with a little wheel, a ball and a numbered board with different set of numbers printed in two colors, red and black.  The only exception on the wheel is the Zero which comes with green color.  Even the word Roulette is derived from French word that literally means a small wheel.  The game play involves players placing their bets upon a single number, odd or even numbers, a range of numbers, colors along with high or low numbers.

Once the players have placed their bets, the croupier spins the wheel and releases the ball into the tilted circular track of the wheel.  The ball eventually falls down into one of the thirty seven coloured and numbered slots on the wheel thus allowing the players to either win or lose.

Currently there are many references available on internet in relation to the origin of this game.  These tales range from devil’s work to the scientific evolution of the game itself.

Some of the most interesting facts related to the origin and history of this “Queen of All the Casino Games” are presented here in this article.

A Product of Devil’s Workshop

For some of the people, not only gambling, but especially the game of Roulette itself seems to have a relation with the Satan.  There is common legend about how devil himself created this game to attract men and women to his dark side.  This tale is supported by a very bizarre explanation that if we add up all the numbers on the wheel starting from one and ending at thirty six then the sum total will come out as “666”. This number is considered to be one of the signs depicting the presence of dark lord in this world.

Though this legend can stand for single zero Roulette and can corroborate that the inventor of this game made a pact with the devil but what about American version of this game which came into existence at a much later time?

Brainchild of a Physicist

A game which has a unique design and comes with features such as odds, house edges and statistics can only be created by a man with a scientific aptitude.  So you shouldn’t be surprised if you read somewhere that the creator of Roulette was a French physicists and Mathematician called Blaise Pascal.  The only thing which is even more unexpected is that he was not trying to invent this game but trying to perform an experiment related with perpetual motion.

In the year 1655, Blaise Pascal wanted to invent a machine which can defy the physical barriers while achieving the perpetual motion without requiring any sort of energy from outside source.  Even though his vision contradicted the laws of physics but being of scientific nature he wanted to defy the common knowledge of that time.  In the end his experiment, as expected, failed and on the other hand he invented a process which later on became a central idea for the birth of the most popular casino game of this century.

Addition of a Zero

Even though Zero was discovered long before the invention of Roulette, but it did not existed on the wheel till the middle of the nineteenth century.  The roulette wheel remained same since its inception by Blaise Pascal but in 1842 a new set of roulette wheel was designed by Francois and Lois Blanc for King Charles III of Monaco.

The idea behind addition of a single zero on the wheel was to provide a bigger house edge to the casino owned by the King Charles III.

Americans on the other hand are quite famous for creating their own inventions whether it is right hand drive, baseball, rugby or casino games.  So in 1800 when Roulette reached the United States of America; they changed this game too by adding a double zero to the wheel.  This created even bigger house edge for the casinos.

Slots

IGT also known as International Game Technology is considered as one of the top ranking slot game providers of the world.  The casino games provided by this company have a huge fan base and are available on all the online casinos using the gaming software provided by this company.  There are always chances that either you have already played one of such games or you are a regular player of the slots provided by the IGT at your favorite online casino site.

With the rising popularity of the slot games, IGT is now also providing its products across all the mobile devices.  All these slots whether online or on a mobile platform come with the same betting options and return to player percentages.  In this article we will overview the top five slot games from IGT.     

Top five slot games from IGT

Siberian Storm

Siberian Storm is a five reels slot game with IGT’s Multiway Xtra feature which allows 720 possible ways to win.  This means that this slot pays from both sides that are left to right and right to left.  As the name suggests, the reels of this game are set in the background of a Siberian forest.   Some of the symbols used in this game are based on the Siberian theme while the others belong to the realm of fantasy.  Siberian Storm comes with a progressive jackpot of £50000 and a fixed jackpot of 1000x along with the other usual features which include auto play, free spins, multipliers, bonus rounds, scatters and a wild symbol.

The maximum coin limit for Siberian Storm is set up at fifty coins.  The coin range starts at £0.50 and goes up to £150.0.  The minimum wagering requirement for each spin starts from £0.50 and ends at £25.00.  The high paying symbols of this game are the Siberian Storm logo, a white tiger and a Siberian tiger.

The Return to Player percentage of Siberian Storm video slot currently stands at 94.26%

Texas Tea

Texas Tea is a five reels and nine paylines adventure genre based video slot.  The storyline of this game is based on the oil drilling theme and it comes with two special bonus rounds called Oil Dividend Bonus and Big Oil Bonus.  Texas Tea comes with a fixed jackpot of 10000x along with the other usual features which include auto play, bonus rounds and scatters.  This game does not provide any wild symbols, free spins, gambling options or multipliers.

The maximum coin limit for Texas Tea is set up at nine coins.  The coin range starts at £0.45 and goes up to £45.0.  The minimum wagering requirement for each spin starts from £0.10 and ends at £90.00.  The high paying symbols of this game include the Texas Tea logo, an armadillo, an airplane, a bull and a Texan driving a car.

The Return to Player percentage of Texas Tea video slot currently ranges between 87.50 to 96.20%

Cleopatra II

Cleopatra II is the sequel to the popular Cleopatra slot machine by IGT.  This five reels and twenty paylines video slot is based on the mystical Egyptian culture.  Cleopatra II comes with a fixed jackpot of 10000x along with the other usual features which include auto play, free spins, multipliers, bonus rounds, scatters and a wild symbol.

The maximum coin limit for Cleopatra II is set up at hundred coins.  The coin range starts at £0.01 and goes up to £5.00.  The minimum wagering requirement for each spin starts from £0.20 and ends at £100.00.

The Return to Player percentage of Cleopatra II video slot currently stands at 95.10%

Stinkin Rich

Who does not want to be stinking Rich? This game is designed with the sole purpose of tempting its player to acquire those riches.  Stinkin Rich is five reels and hundred paylines video slot with four rows of symbols.  The symbols of this game are in reality a combination of stinky items along with rich people.  This game comes with two unique bonus features called Keys to Riches Free Spins and Trash for Cash Bonus.  Stinkin Rich comes with a fixed jackpot of 10000x along with the other usual features which include auto play, free spins, multipliers, bonus rounds, scatters and a wild symbol.

The maximum coin limit for Stinkin Rich is set up at fifty coins.  The coin range starts at £1.00 and goes up to £1000.0.  The minimum wagering requirement for each spin starts from £0.01 and ends at £25.00.  The high paying symbols of this game include four rich aristocratic characters comprising of two males and two females.

The Return to Player percentage of Stinkin Rich video slot currently stands at 94.26%

Coyote Moon

Coyote Moon is a wildlife themed video slot game with a coyote being the main protagonist.   This five reels and thirty paylines slot is based on the Anasazi culture that existed in United States of America.  The background of the reels comprises of a night sky with a full moon.  This game comes with two unique bonus features called Rising Moon Bonus and Stacked Wilds.  Coyote Moon comes with a fixed jackpot of 1000x along with the other usual features which include auto play, free spins, multipliers, bonus rounds, scatters and a wild symbol.

The coin range starts at £0.01 and goes up to £50.0.  The minimum wagering requirement for each spin starts from £0.01 and ends at £40.00.  The high paying symbols of this game are the Coyote Moon logo, an elk, a hummingbird, a gecko and a bleached cow skull.

The Return to Player percentage of Siberian Storm video slot ranges between 92.50 to 94.98%

Slots

Microgaming Software Systems Limited is a casino software development company currently based at Isle of Man.  This company came into limelight when it released an online casino in 1994. Since then this company is one of the top ranking casino software companies dealing in online casinos, slots and poker games.

The most interesting feature of the earlier slot games provided by Microgaming is the Flash versions which allow the players to play their favorite slot machine games without any requirement of downloading the casino’s gaming software.  Nowadays the slot games developed by this company come in HTML5 version to provide cross platform compatibility.   Five of the top rated slot games developed by Microgaming are discussed below.

Tomb Raider Slot

tomb raider slotTomb Raider Slot is a five reels and fifteen pay-lines video slot game.  The storyline of this game is based on the Tomb Raider, a Hollywood movie series featuring Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft- the famous treasure huntress.  This slot comes with a fixed jackpot of 7500x along with the other usual features which include auto play, bonus rounds, scatters, multipliers, free spins and wild symbol.

The maximum coin limit for Tomb Raider is set up at three hundred coins.  The coin range starts at £0.01 and goes up to £0.20.  The minimum wagering requirement for each spin starts from £0.05 and ends at £375.00.  The high paying symbols of this game include a tiger, Lara Croft and a puzzle.

The Return to Player percentage of Tomb Raider video slot currently stands at 95.22%

Age of Discovery Slot

 Age of Discovery SlotAge of Discovery is a five reels and twenty five pay-lines video slot game.  The storyline of this game takes its player to the start of the eighteenth century when sailors used to sail off in search of new lands and discoveries.  This slot comes with a fixed jackpot of 6000x along with the other usual features which include auto play, bonus rounds, scatters, multipliers, and wild symbol.

The coin range for this game starts at £0.01 and goes up to £0.50.  The minimum wagering requirement for each spin starts from £0.01 and ends at £200.00.  The high paying symbols of this game include a sailing ship, a coat of arms and a sextant.  The symbols of lower denominations are in the form of different exotic fruits.

The Return to Player percentage of Age of Discovery video slot currently stands at 96.62%

Polar Bash Slot

Polar Bash SlotPolar Bash Slots is a five reels and twenty pay-lines video slot game.  The storyline of this game takes its player to the ice covered lands of Northern pole featuring different types of animals and an iceman which seem to be quite sozzled.  This slot comes with a fixed jackpot of 12000x along with the other usual features which include auto play, bonus rounds, scatters, multipliers, and free spins.

The coin range for this game starts at £0.01 and goes up to £0.50.  The minimum wagering requirement for each spin starts from £0.01 and ends at £200.00.  The high paying symbols of this game include a tippler polar bear, a drunken penguin, an inebriated walrus and tipsy wolf.  The lower ranking symbols include a whale, a snowman, an igloo and a glass & cocktail shaker.

The Return to Player percentage of Polar Bash slot currently stands at 95.75%

Flight Zone Slot

Flight Zone SlotIf you are a fan of fighter jets then this game will certainly have an appeal for you.  The most striking feature of this game are its expanding and staked wilds, interactive bonus rounds and free spins.  Flight Zone Slot is a five reels and twenty pay-lines video slot game.  This slot comes with a fixed jackpot of 1000x.

The coin range for this game starts at £0.01 and goes up to £0.20.  The minimum wagering requirement for each spin starts from £0.01 and ends at £500.00.

The high paying symbols of this game include a pilot, an air force officer, a fighter jet and a B2 bomber.

The Return to Player percentage of Flight Zone slot currently stands at 96.25%

Scrooge Slots

Scrooge is based on the classic novel written by Charles Dickens called “A Christmas Carol”.  The main protagonist of this game is a rich miser known as Ebenezer Scrooge.  The story revolves around his experience on a night before Christmas Eve when he meets with three different ghosts of Christmas. This encounter changes him into a totally new man.

Scrooge slots game comes with five reels and fifty pay-lines.  This slot comes with a fixed jackpot of 6000x. The coin range for this game starts at £0.01 and goes up to £0.50.  The minimum wagering requirement for each spin starts from £0.01 and ends at £100.00.  All the symbols used in this game are the characters of “A Christmas Carol” novel.

The Return to Player percentage of Scrooge slot currently stands at 96.74%