Payday Roulette

Happy Thanksgiving! In honor of this wonderful (American) holiday I’m reviewing a casino game. I’m pretty sure there’s an inappropriate joke to be inserted here, but I’m not interested in pissing anyone off so I’ll just let it go. Enjoy your turkey or tofurkey or whatever it is you’re gorging yourself on today.

I have received exactly one free pack of cigarettes in my lifetime, and it was while sitting at a roulette table at the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas. I had been parked there for a few hours and one of the casino hosts asked if he could get me anything, I said Marlboros, and *voila* a hot girl in a miniskirt served them up. Know why he was being so nice? Because I was playing roulette, the biggest sucker bet in the house! It’s worse than “the field” in craps, and it’s far worse than “insurance” in blackjack. I speak from experience… never, EVER play roulette for real money. But if you’re just dying for some wheel action, Payday Roulette is the way to go.

Veiled Games went all out with this app. The graphics are gorgeous, you can do nearly every bet possible on an actual roulette table, and the odds of winning are every bit as bad. In fact, I think the only bet you can do in Vegas that you can’t do in Payday Roulette is a 0/00 split, where you put down one bet that can win on either of those numbers.

If you’ve never played roulette before, Payday Roulette does come with some instructions and a sample table that shows you where you can place your chips. The instructions aren’t very detailed, but in playing you’ll at least get an idea of just how easy it is for this game to screw you out of your life savings. If you go to an actual casino and still need help understanding which bets pay what, the dealer (called a croupier in roulette terms) will be glad to fill you in. But don’t be fooled by the 35:1 payout on hitting a single number… the odds against hitting it are usually 37:1.

In the improvements department, it would be nice if there was an easier way to place insanely large bets instead of dragging individual chips to the same spot, and an option to play a single-0 wheel would be cool, too. However, the only flaw I really think Veiled Games must fix is that the game won’t let you listen to music while playing. The in-game sound is nice, but some people just wanna rock out while spinning the wheel.

The iTunes App Store has a few different roulette games and so far Payday Roulette is the only one I’ve played, but I think it’s safe to say that this would rank among the “best in class” for this particular casino game… if not THE best. Roulette isn’t a complicated game, and I have a hard time imagining anyone making a significantly better app than this one.

If you like roulette or are just too chicken to try the Russian version, Payday Roulette is totally worth $.99. If it convinces you to stay off the real roulette tables you might even argue that it’s saved you a small fortune.

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