What is Visual Tracking and How Can It Help Win Roulette?

Visual tracking in roulette is one of those popular methods used by players to try to project the result of a roulette wheel spin. It basically involves the careful observation of the roulette ball and the spinning wheel. The main goal is to predict which portion of the wheel or the sector of the wheelhead the pill (the term used to name the roulette ball) will likely to come to rest.

Easily said than done, the truth of the matter is, many people don’t have the patience to lend undivided attention with the given task at hand. Not to mention the visual acuity needed to become a good visual tracker. However, there are players who do possess the ability to track ball and wheelhead movement. So how do successful visual trackers do it?

How Does Visual Tracking Works?

Techniques may vary but most expert trackers would use the single zero on the wheelhead, usually of the European Roulette version (which has only the single zero) as reference point. Trackers will eye-follow the point as the wheel rotates.Meanwhile, it is only through the peripheral vision will the roulette ball is being followed.

Oftentimes, the ball and the wheelhead spins in an opposite direction from each other. The ball will then appear as a white blur each time it passes the green-colored number slot. It would be confusing at first but players do get the hang of it later on.

Aside from the single zero, a tracker will find yet another reference point on the bowl. The purpose of which is for him to be keep track how many revolutions the roulette wheel has made. An expert tracker finds this point between the ball tack and the number pocket, which is directly opposite from his point of observation.

What to Observe When Tracking

The roulette ball passes through the reference point, the single zero, several times in one revolution. One way to measure the wheelhead and the ball speed ratio is by observing the ball crossings.

There are times when the ball spins faster than wheelhead. If this happens, you will be able to observe 6 crossings for each one wheelhead revolution.

When the ball decelerates, the crossings will tend to drift farther apart and goes counter-clockwise in direction. One crossing happens for every 90 degree rotation of the wheelhead. Remember, the wheel is a 360-degree circle. As the movement further slows down, the crossings will appear more and more.

Also, when the spin decelerates, the ball goes lower and lower down into the area of the ball pockets.

Conditions Needed to Be Met When Tracking

There are conditions to be met when it comes to visual tracking. First, the roulette wheel must have an old-style ball track. The ball, on the other hand, must not be too lively and should be able to remain within the range of 5-6 pockets from the point where the croupier drops it into the wheelhead. The dealer should also be able to spin the ball at an appropriate speed.

Finally, a visual tracker should have a perfect, if not clear, view of the ball track and the wheelhead. Expert trackers would recommend positioning oneself on the last seat of the table, right up next to the wheel.

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