Authentic Gaming announced in December last year that their next roulette table to be released would be streamed from the floor of Foxwoods Resort and Casino in the US and that this table would playable online by European based players.
Since then we’ve been waiting eagerly for the arrival of the first US based live table available to players outside the US.
In between time, Evolution Gaming entered the fray with their announcement of Resorts Casino Atlantic City roulette set to be launched before long. So the race for the first globally playable, US based live table was well and truly on.
Authentic won the race a couple of weeks ago.
LIVE FROM THE USA
This is the heading you’re greeting with as the game load page briefly flashes up.
It’s the first time a provider has been able to display this message (truthfully) to players outside the US (or indeed players outside New Jersey). The truth gets stretched a little with the Statue of Liberty making a proud appearance in the graphic; Foxwoods Roulette is not inside a casino in New York City (or New York State for that matter).
Not far though.
Foxwoods Resort and Casino is located just across state lines in Connecticut, a little over 100km from Lady Liberty so we can forgive any promotional license taken.
In case you’re wondering whether you missed the news on Connecticut deciding to legalise and regulate online casino games, you didn’t, and they haven’t.
Foxwoods Casino is operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation on their reservation and under the protection of tribal sovereignty laws (per the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988), which pretty much lets them set their gambling rules without interference from state legislatures.
American Casino…European Table
Bravo to Authentic Gaming for choosing a European Roulette table rather than an American Roulette table for this landmark release. European Roulette offers a significantly better theoretical return (97.3%) than American Roulette tables (94.74%), so it’s choice here is welcomed.
Evolution’s Atlantic City offering will be an American Roulette table. Hopefully they will follow this with single zero, US based options.
Multiple cameras capture the action on this table and you get a choice on game load to play 4 camera views or 2. Either way you’ll get a good view of the wheel, table, croupier and patrons at table.
The betting interface doesn’t take long to get your head around, although it might take you a while to find the button to open the neighbours bets racetrack (it’s that little vertical sausage symbol just left of the $2 chip).