Roulette (the ball, chips)

Roulette ball

The ball

The roulette ball, set in motion by the croupier, moves around a track in the upper sector of the wheel. The wheel spins clockwise, and the roulette ball spins counterclockwise. The roulette wheel is quite heavy: it weighs over 50 kg. A special mechanism creates a floating wheel effect and ensures that the wheel spins with as low speed as possible for quite a long time. The wheel has a point support, so the friction is minimal. The croupier only gives the wheel an initial push.

The roulette ball ball eventually loses momentum and leaves the track to fall into one of the pockets. But before that, it passes through an area of deflectors that are responsible for the random outcome. Some wheels have 8 deflectors, while newer wheels usually have 16. The deflectors are situated at an equal distance around the wheel. All pockets have metal bars along their edges and are identical in size and form. The first roulette balls were made of ivory bone by precise industrial machines, but later ivory bone gave place to plastic.

Roulette chips game

chips roulette

Bets in roulette slightly differ from all other casino games. Roulette is the only game where the player does not have a personal betting area and makes a bet using a common betting area.

Each player gets a different color of chips game. To make sure that each player has his or her own color, casinos have chips in up to seven different colors.

Each casino has a minimum chip value and a minimum bet size. As a rule, the bet size cannot exceed $500.

The minimum chip value is usually $0.25, and the minimum bet size is $1-2. Casino etiquette demands that you buy a minimum set of 20 chips called a stock. You should always keep in mind that the chips have a value only at the roulette table while the game is on. Leaving the roulette wheel with chips will result in losses.

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