Roulette Wheels: Biases and Wheelhead Speed

Roulette players, especially those who have just began getting into the game, must take note that this casino favourite has so many peculiarities. These quirks, as negligible as they might appear to be, still has a considerable impact on the success or failure of the gameplay. It goes without saying then that these factors should be taken into account and that any player of roulette must be aware of their existence if they wish to improve their gaming experience.

In this particular article, we shall look into the matters concerning the roulette wheel – its biases and the inherent speed of the wheelheads. Could these factors have a direct influence on the success or failure of your roulette game session? We will find out.

Biased Wheels

In its essence, roulette wheels are devices which produces random results. Realistically speaking though, does it happen in an online or land-based casino?

We are quite confident to say that unless you’re talking about the shady kind, major casinos around the world takes pride in using roulette wheels of premium quality. These wheels are calibrated and recalibrated to ensure that their spinning movement is balanced and precise.

However, some establishments admit that there are roulette wheels that may still manifest abnormalities. These often occur after a period of continuous use. In short, wheels are subject to wear and tear. These could lead to certain undesirable conditions (at least in the part of the casino) wherein the wheel tends to deliver “non-random” results. If these non-random traits become more and more apparent, they will be taken advantage of by players. Visual trackers are known for this.

Of course, since the objective of the player is to gain the upper hand against the house, he will expectedly use any means to neutralize the latter’s advantage. One way to do this is to look for wheel biases. Finding one is not an easy feat, let alone exploiting its abnormalities.

Nonetheless, there are players who are this determined to learn how to take advantage of the wheel biases. But that topic would be for another day.

About Wheelhead Speed

For an establishment that draws its profits from this simple, rotating tool, it would be appropriate for them to invest on its maintenance and care. It turns out that the condition of a roulette wheel has a direct effect on the wheelhead speed.

Most casinos, at least the brick and mortar kind, would instruct their dealers to keep the wheelhead rotation speed at a relatively slow rate. The ones we often find last from 4-5 seconds.

Close up image of a roulette wheel

In this way, the croupier will be able to spot the winning number easily while at the same time preventing the ball from being thrown out of the bowl.

Such is not the case in smaller casinos. Roulette wheels here are poorly maintained making them quite hard to operate. At times, the wheel decelerate quickly due to worn out bearings or loose treads. Dealers will be forced to spin the wheel at a much faster pace.

Wheelhead speed, as some others might believe, is a crucial element that influences how much the casino profits in a roulette table.

A faster wheelhead rotation speed tends to make the game difficult to read by the players. Still, in some cases, the ball may go overboard, and this could hamper the pace of the game. Slow turners, on the other hand, poses big problem for the house. It is because there are players who use visual prediction equipment. To counter this, casino floor managers/supervisors would have to monitor the speed of the wheelhead rotation per roulette table.

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