When roulette was invented in Paris in 1796, it is doubtful anyone could have imagined a game emerging in machine form. “Roulette players tend to be just roulette players,” said Kent Fredella, a casino manager in the Wild Wild West, where the Bally roulette machine made its first appearance on the floor last week. “If I wanted to bet very small amounts trying to understand the game, I would be playing the machines.”
The machine does catch your eye with the wheel turning at the player’s push, but one should know the payback before deciding to avoid table games. They are not the same. “Live bets on machines pay out 32-1 (32- for -1) compared to 35-1 on the table,” said Fredella. “A split only pays 16-1, compared to 17-1 at the table. However, a three-digit bet pays 12-1 on the machine as opposed to 11-1 on the Pencetpoker table. And, a four-number bet has a 9-1 to 8-1 edge. ”
The advantage of playing machines is that you are the boss. You control when to start the wheel, how much to bet and whether to play in groups or alone. There is no pressure and the machines have instructions on how to bet and what the prizes are.
“You can play for hours without bothering anyone,” said Fredella. “There must be a convenience factor once games become available. This takes away the pressure that can come from other people at the table who may be more experienced players. That said, most roulette players prefer tables and casinos don’t complain. “Machines cannot replace interactions between dealer and player,” said Fredella. “When we hire dealers, I care most about how they deal with people. I can teach them to deal. I can’t teach them personality. ”
Like penny and nickel slots, many players choose roulette because they don’t need to spend a fortune to win and it can last a long time. “Since Klondike closed, we’ve had the lowest chips near the Strip for roulette,” said Fredella. “We have a minimum chip of 25 cents and a minimum bet of $ 2. This attracts a lot of players to the table. You can buy a full deck of chips for $ 5.The normal house edge in roulette is 5.26 percent except for the number five bet (0, 00, 1, 2, 3) which is 7.89. Playing a dozen bets offers 24-14 odds of winning. However, the downsides cost twice as much as winoff.
“Roulette is simple, but interesting,” said Fredella. “That’s why it is placed right in the middle of our casino where there is a lot of traffic.
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