The wheel is composed of a cylinder and pockets with inlaid numbers. There are also canoes on the surface of the wheel, above the numbers. On the edge of the wheel there’s the groove where the ball is thrown by the dealer. When the ball is thrown, it is at full speed. When it slows down it ricochets several times on the canoes, then ends up in a numbered pocket.
The wheel’s cylinder
The dealer spins the cylinder so that the wheel turns. This manual gesture is iconic in casinos. At each turn, the cylinder is spinned in one direction, and the ball is thrown in the opposite direction.
The ball is white, but in the VIP rooms it is often solid gold or platinum.
The layout is green. But in high-tech casinos, it may sometimes be blue or red. Numbers in the rectangle range from 1 to 36. Zero is green (as is the double Zero in American Roulette). On the layout, numbers are lined up in rows of three. Around the rectangle, there are the areas for straight up and dozen bets.
These bets are placed around the layout’s rectangle. There are simple odds that pay 1:1 on wins (red / black, odd / even, low / high), and 2:1 bets that are made on 12-number series.
When you have won money or when you just want to stop playing, go to the cash desk to exchange your chips for cash!
Every casino roulette game has low and high betting limits. Why is there a maximum limit on betting? To avoid mad players from trying to blow up the Bank!
The dealer’s dexterity allows him to move chips on the layout without physically touching them. At a live VIP online casino, the same process is used.
The dealers’ announcements are all part of the splendour of the game. Whether you are on a roulette website in the UK or anywhere else, announcements add value to the game. Common phrases are:
- Place your bets!
- No more bets!
For example, if the ball lands on 17 then the dealer announces: 17, BLACK, ODD and LOW.
At each roulette table, the numbers drawn are displayed on a light board. Looking at it is relevant to follow the cycles of the numbers. It’s not uncommon to see a colour come out five times in a row. When the same number comes up twice in a row, excitement is at its highest among the most superstitious players! You will then see players getting restless and betting on that number. They think everything comes in threes, and often go ALL-IN.