Sunday, 18 June 2017

ROULETTE – A Simple Question of Black Or Red? @MontecasinoZA #RouletteKnockout

Hi Guys, 

An iconic game steeped in history, Roulette is known as the queen of casino games – for good reason. It’s great fun and delivers a thrilling experience, particularly when the stakes are as high as a R500 000 Knockout first prize.

Tsogo Sun’s Roulette Knockout, which offers a total prize pool of R1 Million and a guaranteed first prize of R500 000, kicked off on 22 May at Montecasino, Gold Reef City and Silverstar. With players from not one but three casinos contributing to the winnings and 100% of the R100 buy-in going straight into prize pool, the chances are good that the winnings could be even higher than the guaranteed amounts.

“Every Tsogo Sun group and regional tournament has seen the prize money being increased because of the enormous popularity of the tournament, which can be attributed to the low buy-in of just R100, making it possible to transform a hundred rand note into thousands or even millions. This is exactly what happened to the winner of Tsogo Sun’s 2015 Roulette Knockout tournament when a student spent just R100 on the buy-in, played once and won R350 000. Every year the tournament starts out with a guaranteed prize pool and every year the prize pool increases because every cent of the R100 buy-in goes into the prize pool,” comments Tables Manager of Montecasino, Caroline Naidu.

Shedding some light on the game of black and red, Caroline explains, “Roulette doesn’t require a lot of learning to play and it offers almost as much winning chances to a first-timer as to a seasoned player. There are 11 different ways that you can wager, resulting in 161 betting spots on the wheel layout. An American roulette wheel has 37 numbers—1 to 36, a 0.
ROULETTE – A Simple Question of Black Or Red? @MontecasinoZA #RouletteKnockout
Caroline Naidu- Tables manager, Montecasino
The beauty about the Tsogo Sun Roulette tournaments are their accessibility, says Caroline. “Literally anybody can enter and win. Our latest Roulette Knockout tournament winner spent R300 and won R1 million. We’ve seen a massive increase in the popularity of Roulette since the inception of the Roulette Masters and Roulette Knockout tournaments, which prove that you can turn a small amount into millions, but there’s really no difference between a tournament and what we offer on the tables at Montecasino. Based on the maximum bets and number of positions available on the table, it’s possible to win R784 000 on a single spin. Our biggest wins in Roulette have been a player who won R5 million overnight and another who was awarded R9 million in one gambling session.”

On to the burning question – is it really all about luck or is there some strategy to playing Roulette? “As with all casino games, Roulette is game of chance. There is some strategy to playing in a tournament, where you need big numbers to get onto the leader board. But in the end, it all comes down to chance. Players choose their lucky numbers and, because of the success of the tournament and the number of people buying in, there are more spins of the wheel and more people winning.”

Having worked in the casino industry for over 18 years, Caroline has witnessed all manner of superstitious behaviour from players calling on Lady Luck to shine on them. “We see lots of mascots and lucky charms on the tables, and people who will only sit or stand in a particular position, or make sure everything on the table is facing in a certain direction. We even have people throwing salt or standing up in the middle of the game to walk around their chair before resuming play.

Does Caroline have any insider’s advice for people wanting to try their hand at Roulette? “Speak to the staff at the table. Try to find a quiet time when they can spend some one-on-one time teaching you the rules of the game. Read all the collateral available at the casino and be clear on your personal objective in playing the game. Decide how much you want to spend and at what point you want to stop. Know your limits and be prepared to lose what you’re risking. Breathe and enjoy the experience. The idea is for you to be having fun and enjoying the excitement of playing the game.”

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