The concept of roulette tournaments tend to be very fascinating to people who hear about it for the very first time. These people rarely express an interest in knowing more about these tournaments, how the tournaments work and how the tournaments differ from ordinary roulette games. But it is not just folks hearing about the roulette tournament concept for the very first time who pose questions about the same. We also have some pro roulette players, who have been playing the game (as in, regular roulette games) for long, and who are now considering venturing into tournaments. These too, tend to express questions on how the tournaments work, and how they compare to ordinary roulette games.
It turns out that roulette tours and ordinary roulette games share a number of similarities. There are also several observable differences, between what happens in the tournaments, and what happens in ordinary roulette games.
Similarities between roulette tournaments and ordinary roulette games
The largest similarity between what happens in a roulette tournament and what happens in an traditional roulette game is in terms of the actual playing: where you come to realize that the same basic principles apply. In other words, the fundamental rules of roulette do not change just because you are playing it in a tournament setting. What is considered a win will remain to be a win: whether or not you are playing in a roulette tournament. What is considered outrageous in an ordinary roulette game will remain outrageous, even when you start playing in the tournament setting.
Whether or not we are looking at a roulette tournament or an ordinary roulette game, everything still takes place behind that colorful rotating wheel.
Whether it is played in the traditional format or in the tournament format, roulette mainly remains a game of chance and a game of skill to a small extant; but one where chance (luck) seems to play the biggest part in the determination of winners.
Whether roulette is played in the ordinary format or in the tournament format, the objective is always to win money. Of course, as we will see shortly (when we turn to the differences), the nature of the winnings and rivals differs. But the basic objective of winning cash remains.
Other important elements, such as the concept of minimum bets and maximum bets remain - whether roulette is played the traditional way, or in the tournament format.
Differences between roulette tournaments and ordinary roulette games
The biggest difference between traditional roulette and roulette as it is played in tournaments is with respect to the playing parties. In ordinary circumstances, we have individuals playing roulette against the house (the casino offering the game). If you win, you are told to have won against the 'house.' And if you lose, you are told to have lost to the 'house.' But in roulette tournaments, the players play against each other. You so win or lose against your tournament rivals, not the house. The house facilitating the tournament usually takes some sort of commission, but otherwise, the people partaking of the tournaments play against one another.
Whereas ordinary roulette games are available any time one ventures into the casino (as they entail playing against the house), roulette tournaments are typically meticulously preplanned and publicized events. That is because the tournaments involve people coming together, and playing roulette against each other.