No. VB means Visual Ballistics. That is observing the speed of the ball and where it starts spinning from, and predicting a range or zone of consecutive numbers (on the wheel of course), where the ball will land.-Palestis
No, actually most VB players have no interest in the ball release point. We look much later in the spin for a specific reference number.
It works well if the dealer keeps the wheel turning speed and the ball speed approx. the same from spin to spin.
In European casinos it's easier to track, because the dealer starts the spin from the last number spun, give and take 2-3 numbers on either side. That way you can place your bets before he spins. Also you have to figure out if the spinning consistency works in a CW or CCW rotation or both. In American casinos there is only one ball direction, but the dealer starts the spin from any number he chooses. So you have to be quick in distance measuring. And usually you have to place the bets after the ball starts spinning.
You may also find that because of the dealer or because of an ongoing trend, the drop zone consistency keeps coming back in regular intervals. Like every 3 or 4 or 5 spins.
With practice and undisturbed observation it's a great system to use. -Palestis
What Palestis is describing is "dealer's signature". It's not really true vb, but rather a distant relative of it. The edge is simply too low using it to make any real money. Most of the time, the edge simply isn't there. However, true vb is a much different story.
True vb accounts for several different wheel speeds, and different drop points. Yes a strong drop is important because it limits the ball scatter, and makes it much easier to plot the target section.
Regarding the dealers. Dealer's can't pick which deflector they're going to hit. However, if a wheel has a very strong drop location, dealer's can sector shoot. It also doesn't require "super human skill" to do it. Even a new dealer with just a few hours of experience could theoretically do it. It's not the dealer that makes it possible, it's the wheel. Some dealers will tell you that they can, "Do it on that wheel, but for some reason they can't do it on any others.
" The dealers really haven't a clue as to why it can happen, and for the most part whether they truly can hit sections. Dealer's are just dealers.
VB players can play most dealer's, provided that they don't have a "bad hand" when releasing the ball. (A bad hand = the ball bounces badly when they release it, causing the ball to skid, bounce, shudder, and decay erratically.) VB players are interested in the last series of ball revs, and for the most part 80% of the dealers will have the same ball decay profile for the last seven or eight revs.
To some degree, every wheel has a dominant ball drop. Good vb players will exploit and play wheels with multiple drop zones, but in the end the better the drop, the bigger the edge.
Regarding the drop. Strong drop zones aren't just caused by wheel tilt. Poor placement of the ball deflectors during assembly, a warped ball track and or apron, wear, cracks in the finish, and residue can also cause it.