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The Roulette Wheel

The roulette wheel lies at the very heart of the roulette game, and yet even many experienced roulette players know little about it. Here, then, are the fascinating facts about the roulette wheel and how it works.

The Dimensions of the Roulette Wheel

A regulation casino roulette wheel is 80 centimetres (32 inches) in diameter and is made of polished wood such as mahogany. It weighs about 45 kilograms (100 pounds). Smaller, lighter, and less expensive roulette wheels made of plastic or other materials can be purchased for home use. The roulette wheel in an online casino is made of pixels and weighs nothing at all.

The Roulette Wheel Layout

The layout of the numbers on the roulette wheel at first appears to be random, but in fact it is carefully designed to create a fine balance of high and low, red and black, and odd and even numbers.

The American Roulette Wheel

The American Roulette wheel has 38 pockets: 0, 00, and the numbers 1 through 36. The numbers on the American Roulette wheel are arranged as follows:

  • The 0 and 00 pockets are green and all other pockets are red or black.
  • Red and black numbers alternate on the wheel.
  • The 0 and 00 are opposite each other.
  • Every red number is opposite a black number.
  • Every odd number is opposite the next higher even number. For example, 21 is opposite 22, and 33 is opposite 34.
  • Usually, pairs of even numbers alternate with pairs of odd numbers. For example, note the following sequence of numbers: 18, 6, 21, 33, 16, 4, 23, 35. You see two even numbers, two odd, two even, two odd.
  • Most numbers are part of a pair, with one number in between them. The sum of each pair is either 37 or 39. For example, in the sequence of numbers noted above, you can see the pairs 18+21, 6+33, 21+16, 33+4, 16+23, and 4+35.

The European and French Roulette Wheels

The European and French Roulette wheels have 37 pockets: 0, and the numbers 1 through 36. There is no 00 pocket. The numbers on the roulette wheel are arranged as follows:

  • The 0 pocket is green and all other numbers are red or black.
  • Red and black numbers alternate on the wheel.
  • The semi-circle to the right of the 0 has nine low black numbers and high red nine numbers.
  • The semi-circle to the left of the 0 has nine low red numbers and nine high black numbers.

Neighbour Bets, Call Bets, and the Roulette Wheel

The traditional roulette bets — the Inside Bets and Outside Bets offered in all roulette games — are based on the position of the numbers on the felt betting grid on the roulette table. But European and French Roulette games also offer special bets — Neighbour Bets and Call Bets — based on the position of the numbers on the roulette wheel instead of their position on the table. These wheel-based bets can be incorporated into your roulette strategy to add an extra element of excitement to your online roulette game.

Neighbour Bets

A Neighbour Bet is a bet on a specific number and on its neighbours; that is, on the numbers on either side of your chosen number on the wheel. At All Slots Casino, you may choose any number to bet on, and you may choose how many neighbours to include.

For example, if you bet on 21 and three neighbours, chips will be placed on seven numbers: 21, the three numbers to the left of 21 on the wheel, and the three numbers to the right of 21. This provides an interesting and exciting way to try to win at roulette with your lucky number and its neighbours.

Call Bets

Call Bets are based on the position of the 0 on the roulette wheel, and on the numbers around it and the numbers opposite. The Call Bets are:

  • Voisins du Zero (Neighbours of Zero): This is a bet on seventeen numbers surrounding the 0 on the roulette wheel.
  • Tiers du Cylindre (Third of the Wheel): This is a bet on the numbers that lie on the opposite side of the wheel from the 0.
  • Orphelins (Orphans): This is a bet on the eight numbers that lie in the two thin slices of the roulette wheel that are not covered by either the Voisins or the Tiers.

When you play roulette online, you do not have to memorize the position of the numbers on the roulette wheel. Just click on Voisins du Zero, Tiers du Cylindre, or Orphelins, and your chips will be placed automatically on the appropriate numbers.

Play Online Roulette with Knowledge and Understanding

It is always good to understand the game you are playing and to have some knowledge of its essential elements. An understanding of the roulette wheel, how it works and how it is set up, and knowledge of how to place wheel-based Neighbour Bets and Call Bets, can only serve to increase your appreciation and enjoyment of your online roulette game. Have fun playing roulette online at All Slots Casino with knowledge and understanding of the fabulous roulette wheel.

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