External factors that could sway the Roulette wheel in your favour

External factors that could sway the Roulette wheel in your favour

A Roulette wheel is designed to produce completely random results, however looking for biased wheels in casinos, as well as taking into consideration some other external factors, could help you boost your winning chances in this luck-based game.

Read on to find out more.

Biased wheels

Searching for wheels that have become slightly biased due to wear and tear can be painstakingly time consuming. It will take many hours, dedication and note-taking, but could really pay off. These imperfections are impossible to spot with the naked eye, and will require you to record the results from a wheel over a period of time, usually weeks and months, and use the data to determine the bias. You could find that a pocket, or even a whole section of the wheel, is compromised.

Imperfections are usually caused by the wooden pocket dividers being worn, but most casinos now use Starburst wheels, which feature metal frets, and are much more durable than the older wooden designs. So, this is less likely to be an issue in our current age of gaming – especially if you prefer to play online!

A big win from wheel bias

Joseph Jagger, born in 1830 in Yorkshire, England, traveled over to Monte Carlo, where he ‘broke the bank’ at the iconic casino. By studying the Roulette wheels for over a month, and working out the biased wheels, he managed to win over 2 million francs over several days. In today’s money, this is worth $9.6 million!

Today, wheels are made from more durable materials, and wheels are swapped out regularly to prevent this. So, although Roulette is mainly a luck-based game, Joseph Jagger clearly just got even luckier!

Online casinos

At an online casino, it’s near enough impossible to find a biased wheel. If you’re playing against the computer, the outcome of the spin is generated by a Random Number Generator (RNG) which is designed to generate numbers with no decipherable pattern, ensuring that all games remain luck-based and fair. Playing at the online casino with live dealers, despite providing you with real dealer gameplay, live streamed in real-time, cannot guarantee that you’ll be entered into the same studio with the same wheel every time, and as you cannot watch the game without playing, the chances of losing money whilst trying to spot a biased wheel is highly likely. With this in mind, we’ve found some other environmental factors and top tips that could potentially help you improve your chances of bagging a win.

The ball

Whether you’re playing in a brick-and-mortar casino, or trying your luck in the online live Roulette games, one external factor that could spin the wins in your favour is the ball, also known as a pill. In the past, pills used to be made from ivory or wood, but are now more commonly made from teflon, acetal, nylon or phenolic. Balls made from ivory tend to have a higher pitch ‘ping’ sound when it hits the pockets, and can be significantly bouncier than teflon balls. Professional players tend to prefer casinos that use teflon balls, as they are not as lively, and therefore can be easier to predict.

Roulette pills also come in various sizes, which can also affect its liveliness and predictability. These are: 3/8-inch, 7/16 inch, ½ inch, 5/8 inch and ¾ inch balls. Almost every modern casino uses 5/8 inch or ¾ inch balls, and the dealer could change this throughout gameplay whenever they seem fit.

Whilst the ball alone won’t provide you with enough information, it can be another useful factor to consider when scouting for wheels to potentially beat.

The strength of the spin

Dealers are trained to spin the wheel in a certain way to keep it fair, and are likely to change the strength of their spin throughout the games. However, watching the dealer for a little while and seeing what technique or strength they spin with, could be another way to help you predict where you want to place your bets.

Outside bets

Speaking of bets, knowing where to place your bets to keep losses to a minimum is crucial for any Roulette player. The house always has the edge, so odd-even, low-high, red-black bets, which offer you a 50% chance of winning, and despite having the lowest payouts, is definitely the best, and safest place to put your bets and reduce your losses.

Although biased wheels are extremely rare these days, there are still some systems and strategies you can use to help you feel like you have a sense of control over your gameplay, although, at the end of the day, they will always be luck-based.


Xsnoize Author
Mark Millar is the founder of XS Noize and looks after the daily running of the website as well as conducting interviews for the XS Noize Podcast. Mark's favourite album is Achtung Baby by U2.

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