What is TV Roulette?
One way of playing UK live roulette is on TV with services like the roulette games that run live on Channel 5 with Leovegas. They start around 2 in the morning. You watch the spins on the TV and make bets over the Internet. It’s how most people used to play live roulette before Internet connection speeds took off.
These days, most people play online as everyone’s connection speeds have become so fast. Also, it means that you don’t have to get up at 2 am!
SmartLive Casino roulette used to run on Sky and FreeView channel 39 but they shut the service down.
Easy! Just switch your TV on and off you go.
Fast games with professional croupiers.
You have to get up at 2 am.
These days, the production quality of live internet roulette is better.
They seem to be targeting the after-pub market. We would always advise to play roulette sober, never when tipsy.
SuperCasino Live Roulette
Super Casino was a UK TV channel which started in 2005. It was originally called Vegas 24/7 and was run by Telecoms TV. The company reversed into NetplayTV PLC and went public on the London Stock Exchange, with a market capitalisation of some £80m. Playtech invested in them and they were later bought out by Betsson PLC. The show was on UK national TV for over 10 years before the service was wound down.
SuperCasino was the first casino to have a TV Roulette channel in the UK.
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Smartlive has ceased trading. Info below on how this service used to operate.
The other big live TV Roulette company in the UK was SmartLive Casino run by Smart TV Broadcasting Ltd. It began broadcasting in 2007 and was available on Sky channel 863. You can also play on Freeview channel 22 or 39.
They offered live dealer roulette, live blackjack, and 2 automated roulette games. At peak time you´d see presenters showcasing the games as croupiers. At other times, there was an air-powered wheel in a glass dome that is generating results.
There had a High Roller Auto wheel (Casino TV) on SKY 863.
This company also had up to twelve live roulette tables on their site: Smartlive Roulette. You could play on your desktop or download their apps and play on your mobile.
Smart Live Casino lost its UK licence from the Gambling Commission.
What are the Alternatives?
These days, pretty much all of the live roulette action is to be found online as connection speeds have improved so much. There is just too much choice now for the TV Roulette companies to compete.
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This TV roulette has single-zero European wheel. Each game allows around one minute for viewers to place bets. There is an average of one new spin every two minutes. You can play mobile live roulette on their iOS apps which is optimised for the latest iPhones and iPads.