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Roulette Wheel Frets/Pocket Types
« on: February 07, 2014, 10:52:19 PM »
I have yet to find an article, website, or blog that describes the different types of Roulette Wheels, so I thought that I would put together a small explanation of the 5 different types that I have routinely come across.

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1.   Notice the fret decline towards the center of the wheel. One of the 1st wheels created in the roulette wheel history towards the more free flowing wheels, in examples 3 and 4.

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2.   The walls on the frets I would consider small allowing the ball to jump, sometime skipping numbers next to where the ball tried to land.  I have also seen this same wheel but the tallness of the frets are twice as large, giving the wheel an almost “sticky” feeling.  When the ball initially hits the pocket it will most likely not bounce out, if it does the ball usually goes flying out of the wheel.  I wish I had a picture of it, but I don’t.  In the future if I find one I will edit this post.

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3.   Ball bounce is minimal because the frets are curved, but still allows the ball to not stick where it initially hit the wheel pocket.

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4.   The curved pockets all the ball to move without bouncing almost at all when the ball initially touches the pocket.  I know for a fact this wheel is used at all the tables at the New York, New York Casino in Vegas.  Not sure about the high limit room or if they have one.

I know there are more variations out there so please, if you find them, update this post.  It’s amazing the results you get from these different types of frets.  Some wheels produce more red and blacks in a row, while others produce a more back and forth type pattern.  I have my own experiences with all these types of wheels, and have formed my own hypothesis.  I wanted to share this little bit of information because it’s interesting and not all things are created equal.

« Last Edit: April 11, 2014, 06:20:59 PM by kav »


Re: Roulette Wheel Frets/Pocket Types
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2014, 10:24:16 AM »
I see , all your examples are France Roulette cilinders. I am curious ,what the manufactures claims. I do not believe that those shapes influence the randomness of the game.


Re: Roulette Wheel Frets/Pocket Types
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2014, 06:01:20 PM »

You raise an extremely interesting issue. Well done! And thanks for sharing.


Re: Roulette Wheel Frets/Pocket Types
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2014, 07:31:15 PM »
Read much more about this very fundamental and interesting issue in our exclusive and detailed essay about the roulette wheel in the main site.


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Re: Roulette Wheel Frets/Pocket Types
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2014, 05:11:53 PM »
Number 4 is a Cammegh Wheel with scalloped pockets.  The ball bounce in NOT minimal.  The scatter is actually quite large.  The wheel is in use at the Venetian.  The wheel with the triangular shaped pockets is the TCS Huxley Starburst wheel.  Again, the ball bounces a great deal.

NYNY has never had this wheel.  The MGM has one.  The wheels that they use have always been the Paulson low profile wheels.  The Paulson has very short frets and the ball bounces very far.  Originally the wheels had a natural wood look to them.  Then, as they wore, they began having the wheels refinished and painted gloss black.

« Last Edit: April 19, 2014, 05:18:26 PM by Real »


Re: Roulette Wheel Frets/Pocket Types
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2014, 08:06:35 PM »
Hello Real,

Your comments are greatly appreciated and correction were made to the article.