Hello Friends. Here is another philosophical question that I am sure we have all thought about when playing roulette. I saw this article and found it interesting and wanted to share it with you all.
Can the spinner control the ball for the advantage of either the Bank or Player ? There are many people who think he can, but the majority are of the contrary opinion. What are your thoughts? I would say that there are 2 significant factors.
(1) If the brass arrangements known as ' obstacles ' were removed from the woodwork of the interior of the machine.
(2)If he were allowed to spin as he chose.
But it is just the two 'ifs ' which make all the difference.
For, in the first place, whenever the ball comes in contact with one of the little 'obstacles,' all the thrower's calculations
are bound to be upset ; and this is probably what happens more than three times out of five.
In the second place if you leave the ' obstacles ' out of the question altogether in order to attain any great precision, it would be necessary for the spinner
(1) To start from the exact spot he required.
(2) To spin the wheel in the same direction
and the ball in the same direction every time.
(3) To spin with exactly the same speed,
It would also be necessary for most men to spin for at least fifty times in succession, before their hand would obtain the accuracy required. But all these provisions are rendered impossible by the rules of the Monte Carlo and Las Vegas establishments, for:
(1) The spinner is bound to start the wheel
from the place where the ball last rested.
(2) He is bound to spin the wheel first to the right and throw the ball to the left ; and then the wheel to the left, throwing the ball to the right, and to continue changing regularly every 'coup.'
(3) He is forbidden to spin the wheel and the ball very gently, and if at any time he is observed to be spinning slower than the regulations permit, the pit boss immediately
directs him to spin again .'
(4) The spinner is changed about every half-hour, so that his hand has very little time
to acquire the necessary mechanical precision.
In any case, and under the most favorable conditions, I am perfectly certain that a croupier cannot spin a particular number, or be sure of making the ball to land near it ; and the very strongest argument of all to support my theory is, that if he could, the Bank would not exist very long. Any man who had this gift would soon be able to realize a fortune, by arranging with friends outside to come and play when it was his turn to spin. It seems pretty conclusive, therefore, that it is not possible for the spinner to throw say within three points of any given number with any certainty.