I have yet to find an article, website, or blog that describes the different types of Roulette Wheels, so I thought that I would put together a small explanation of the 5 different types that I have routinely come across.
1. Notice the fret decline towards the center of the wheel. One of the 1st wheels created in the roulette wheel history towards the more free flowing wheels, in examples 3 and 4.
2. The walls on the frets I would consider small allowing the ball to jump, sometime skipping numbers next to where the ball tried to land. I have also seen this same wheel but the tallness of the frets are twice as large, giving the wheel an almost “sticky” feeling. When the ball initially hits the pocket it will most likely not bounce out, if it does the ball usually goes flying out of the wheel. I wish I had a picture of it, but I don’t. In the future if I find one I will edit this post.
3. Ball bounce is minimal because the frets are curved, but still allows the ball to not stick where it initially hit the wheel pocket.
4. The curved pockets all the ball to move without bouncing almost at all when the ball initially touches the pocket. I know for a fact this wheel is used at all the tables at the New York, New York Casino in Vegas. Not sure about the high limit room or if they have one.
I know there are more variations out there so please, if you find them, update this post. It’s amazing the results you get from these different types of frets. Some wheels produce more red and blacks in a row, while others produce a more back and forth type pattern. I have my own experiences with all these types of wheels, and have formed my own hypothesis. I wanted to share this little bit of information because it’s interesting and not all things are created equal.