Introduction to the Roulette Wheel

The term ‘Roulette wheel’ is slightly odd, considering ‘Roulette’ means ‘small wheel’ in French. However, this does not take away anything from the importance of the wheel in the game of Roulette. The Roulette wheel is one of the most vital components in the game of Roulette, whether it is traditional Roulette or online Roulette, the roulette game is not the same without it

It is the spin of the Roulette wheel that starts the process of determining whether your bet wins or loses. While the number of colored boxes differ in American and European Roulette (37 in the European version as it has the number 0 and 38 in the American which includes 0 and 00), The roulette wheel in form is the same though there is one additional number slot in the American version.

How the Roulette Wheel Works

The Roulette wheel itself, in the traditional form of the game the wheel consists of a bowl that is 32 inches. The Roulette wheel consists of a wheel head that is essentially the central section and is 24 inches. The wheel head spins and is finely balanced.

Let us now see how the game of Roulette progresses. After all the other players involved in a game of Roulette place their bets on the desired numbers they are betting on or on one of the other betting options available (odds and even, red or black), the croupier spins the wheel anticlockwise. He then spins a ball around clockwise, in the exact opposite direction to the spin of the Roulette wheel.

The ball spins quite a few times, losing speed and dropping towards the center. In the process, it also collides with brass elements that you find in the rim of the table. The spinning ball then reaches the wheel head, where it collides with the vertical partitions separating the numbered and colored pockets that are present in that section. The ball finally settles down in one of these pockets and that number is declared the winner.

More about the Roulette Wheel

The Roulette wheel also has numbered pockets, just like the table layout. The pockets in the Roulette wheel are also black and red in color, with additional pockets for the zeros in green.

The pockets are arranged in a specific order, though the arrangement may seem haphazard at first glance. The two zeros – the single and the double zero are aligned against each other at opposite ends. The numbers and the colored pockets in the wheel are aligned with the numbers and colors in the table layout.

Single-zero wheel: 0-32-15-19-4-21-2-25-17-34-6-27-13-36-11-30-8-23-10-5-24-16-33-1-20-14-31-9-22-18-29-7-28-12-35-3-26
Double-zero wheel: 0-28-9-26-30-11-7-20-32-17-5-22-34-15-3-24-36-13-1-00-27-10-25-29-12-8-19-31-18-6-21-33-16-4-23-35-14-2