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Understanding the Roulette Wheel

When it comes to playing a game of roulette, the wheel is the court that will judge your fate and give zero possibility for appeal.

It is the battlefield on which you stand and it is in your best interest to know everything there is to know about it.

If you haven’t studied the physical as well as the mechanical aspects of the roulette wheel, then can you really call yourself a true roulette player? Let’s take a look at some of the important aspects you need to study to become the professional you’ve always wanted to be.

The Invention of the (Roulette) Wheel

Introduced in a primitive structure by Blaise Pascal in the 17th century on a quest to try and create a perpetual motion machine, the roulette cylinder is what started it all, even though it was only introduced as a game a century later.

There is no difference between the various types of wheels to the untrained eye, however, a closer glance will bring the differences to light and will ultimately guide you to being a better player.

You will need to know all there is to know about the European and American roulette wheels before you choose which one you prefer.

Remember that their key difference is the single and double zeros provided on the wheels.

Wheel Based Bets

When playing your game of online roulette, you will need to take a look at the specific bets before getting started. The dealer will place these bets once the player has ordered him and given him their chips. The bets included in this are:

  • Zero Play
  • Voisins de Zero
  • Orphelins
  • Tiers
  • Neighbours

The Layout of the Wheel

In both popular versions of roulette, the order of numbers on the wheel is completely different to what their arithmetic value suggests, which are also completely different for each different wheel.

This is probably why roulette is a game with such great balance, as the succession of numbers on the wheel has been thought out well enough to accomplish 4 things:

  • To confuse the player
  • To alternate the colors completely
  • To alternate the low and high numbers as much as possible
  • To evenly distribute odd and even numbers

Construction and Trustworthiness

In order to ensure that a roulette wheel is professionally constructed, there are a few guidelines that need to be followed.

  • The weight of the wheel must be distributed evenly.
  • The wheel and the ball need to be constructed of materials that are non-magnetic in order to avoid any interference.
  • The wheel cylinder needs to rotate with freedom and all affixed parts of the wheel need to be free from movement and completely secure.
  • The ball pockets on the wheel need to have precisely the same dimensions. They also need to be evenly spaced on the roulette wheel and they need to allow the ball to rest smoothly and easily in them.

If one of these conditions, rather than guidelines, are not met to the nth degree then you’re more than likely playing on a rigged or defective roulette wheel, which is something you definitely need to look out for.

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