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Table Games Roulette ball?

Discussion in 'Table Games' started by UKFanatic, Dec 31, 2012.

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  1. UKFanatic

    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

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    So after the thread a couple weeks ago about dealres at TI switching out a larger roulette ball for a smaller one, I decided to pay more attention to the roulette ball while in tunica this past weekend.

    I'm not much of a roulette player. I really enjoy the game, but the HA is so large that I only play roulette with my free play or if I am up a lot. So before the previous thread, I had never paid any attention to the size of the roulette ball. I noticed this weekend that there was both a small and large ball at the two roulette wheels I played at.

    I was at each wheel for about half an hour and both times, the dealer used the smaller ball for each spin. Just curious, does anyone have a prefernce or any thoughts about which ball is used in a roulette game? Anybody notice any difference when dealers use a different size?
     
  2. Chuck2009x

    Chuck2009x VIP Whale

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    Theoretically, a larger ball, assuming it's also heavier, should travel around the apron for a shorter period before it hits the wheel, and bounce less once it gets there.

    I think someone who is trying to bet based on the position of the wheel when the ball is released would prefer a larger ball.
     
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    JRSOBX Low-Roller

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    The smaller ball doesn't hurt as much when the dealer flings it out of the wheel and hits you in the face with it.
     
  4. UKFanatic

    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

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    lol, I guess that's true!
     
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    Srvanwyk Low-Roller

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    I've always looked for the larger ball and the older wheels with the deeper slots.. Seems like ones the ball drops its drops and there isn't 40 bounces in and out
     
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    Not based on science but years of playing roulette. The smaller balls travels less when it drops into the number. The larger ball bounces more and travels across the numbers more. Maybe because the small ball cannot bounce out of a slot as easily as the bigger ball?
    Large ball is the ball that is used most often in casinos, so I like when they use the small one.
     
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    Electroguy563 Over-Fried Gambler

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    I play roulette from time to time because I find it fun and entertaining. I never realized that there were two sizes of balls.

    The dealer never asked whether we prefer to play with the smaller or bigger one.

    Does the dealer alternate spins with the smaller and bigger ball to ensure a fair and random game?
     
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    It depends. Usually if there is a lucky run with some big/constant wins on the table, the dealer will switch the balls.

    They are usually in a large shot glass by the wheel, so you have to watch closely to see them get switched.
     
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    I was playing roulette at an Indian casino and they had two different balls for the table. The dealer told me the ball is known as the "pill."
     
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