Whatever happened to Betfair Zero Roulette?

Once upon a time, there was a zero roulette table at Betfair. I remember when it first came out, I was puzzled by it. By all rights, you shouldn’t play any other roulette game. Even roulette with La Partage can’t compete with a roulette table with no house edge.

Casinos make money with the house edge. In the case of roulette, its 2.70%. Over an evening thats very lucrative. With zero edge though, the casino can only break even in the long run. I figured that maybe its because Betfair have a large bankroll compared to the player and in the long run, the player would go bankrupt before Betfair would.

This maybe true against a single punter but collectively the punters have more of a bankroll than Betfair have. I think this is why they discontinued the game. All those small players losing £10-£20 didn’t make up for the lucky players winning hundreds or thousands. If they did, they’d still have the game.

I confirmed that they’d discounted the zero roulette table sometime in late 2013.

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This was the promo video for Betfair Zero

The strange thing is that they have zero baccarat still as well as zero blackjack. I can understand zero blackjack, as you have to play perfectly to get the house edge down to zero and most people don’t play perfectly. But with the baccarat, its a game of pure luck, like roulette. You just chose to bet on the banker, player or draw. I like to think of it as roulette with cards as there’s nothing you can do to influence the result, unlike something like blackjack or 3 card poker.

You can still play some great roulette games at Betfair but if you want a roulette table with a low house edge, make sure you get one with La Partage and only play on the outside.

3 comments on “Whatever happened to Betfair Zero Roulette?
  1. Simon says:

    I miss Betfair Zero. Guess it was too good to be true and they were losing money from it.

  2. Dana says:

    I just found out about their no zero roulette in May 2017 and apparently it’s long gone. I just wonder how long they offered it. Like was it a real offering to kind of help gamblers make a profit? Or did they list it for a month or two to get publicity and a lot of registrations and after that month or two it was gone forever.

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