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Despite the vast information available on the world wide web it’s surprisingly hard to find anything about the history of live roulette, even if it is an ‘online thing’.


By live roulette I mean live roulette games in online casinos, of course.


So I decided to do some digging and put together an article with the help of a friend from Kiff Slots.

How it all started

The online casino history starts with Microgaming, a casino software developer still very active today.


They developed the first gambling software in 1994 which paved the way for the first casinos to enter the online market.


While there is some controversy about which casino was the first to go online, most online sources name InterCasino to be launched first in 1996.


And things began … very slowly. Initially casinos had only 10-20 games to offer (instead of thousands that you can find today!). The games had to be downloaded, internet connections were slow, … Anyway, if you are at least 25 years old in most parts of the world, you perhaps know what I’m talking about.

18th century roulette wheel picturing the beginnings of live roulette history
18th century E.O. wheel with gamblers from Wikipedia

Live Roulette history takes place

While the first roulette games in the old brick and mortar casinos appeared in the 18th century, online live roulette has been around only since around 2010.


Although some blog sites state the first live games appeared in 2006, it is impossible to know for sure because “those casinos either don’t exist anymore, their initial domain has changed since then or there simply aren’t any online records which would date so far back,” as Kiff Slots state.


The first live roulette games were a bit ‘clumsy’ compared to what we know today. When live games arrived, they all arrived at once: roulette, poker, blackjack and perhaps even others. And since casinos only had one live dealer for all these games, they made a schedule when each table was operative for each game and you had to come at the right time to play or you missed your game.


But soon after software and casino service advanced extremely fast so soon enough tables were becoming 24/7 with multiple dealers, faster connections and no downloads.

First live roulette offer by InterCasino
This is a screenshot of the first live games offer by InterCasino recorded by that I was able to find dating back to September 2012.

Live Roulette Today

Today you could pick a casino randomly and find a large assortment of live games from many game providers.


Live games are even gaining popularity through the years because players prefer the ‘human touch’ if I can speak of that at all when it comes to online experience.


Some live games also allow chat with the dealer as well as with other players which can make the experience even more realistic.


What about you, do you have a favourite live roulette game?
Pick your best casino for live roulette and try it out yourself!

I’d also like to thank Kiff Slots for helping out and invite all blackjack enthusiasts to check out Kiff Slots blackjack guide.

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About the authors:

Adam G., Mr. Gamblineer


Owner of Gamblineers, gambler, risk taker, daydreamer, tight sleeper.

Johan, Webmaster of Kiff Slots

Webmaster of Kiff Slots, a website dedicated to online casino sites of South Africa.