Published on January 24th, 2014 | by Steve Gardman
Roulette Ball Speed and Ball Aiming
When it comes to making wagers, most American players still insist that their bets are to be placed after the wheel is in motion. Others might go so far as to wait for the very last moment before ball hits a socket, or when the dealer gives the signal for ‘no more bets’. Seeing as players are more tempted to bet this way, most floor managers would allow ‘long spins’ (20-25 rotations), as long as it brings in the chips. Unbeknownst to said managers however, the longer the spin is (has more rotations), the easier it is for computer and visual trackers to do their thing.
When there is not a lot of action going on at the table (3-4 players, no high rollers) the dealer might instead do short (4-5) rotations as to keep things moving. Short spins are very computer tracker’s worst nightmare, because there isn’t really enough time for the ball to overcome the dealer’s signature. Visual trackers bode better in general, although it is a inconvenience for them nonetheless.
This is one more of those situations, where the house tries overly-complicated back-alley tactics to get their chances up. By attempting to aim the ball using his hand, the dealer is once again trying to favour a certain set of numbers (or rather, stay away from any winning numbers), although that seldom accomplishes anything. I have talked with people who insist that with the right set of skills and perfected hand-to-eye coordination, a dealer can effectively aim the ball; if not every then most of the times that is. But if dealers were actually able to do this in the first place, who is then stopping them from cheating all day, every-day?
The truth is that no single dealer can ever hope to be as accurate and as consistent, as to significantly and permanently increase the house edge (and the players wouldn’t know about it). The first thing to look for when searching for a dealer who might be using such comically malignant tactics, is the force by which he spins the ball. When a table is busy and crowded, but the dealer still insist on playing short, 4-5 rotation spins, this might be a clear indicator that he is trying to aim the ball. Second we will see that the wheelhead is turning very slow (the faster the wheel is, the harder it is to determine the outcome obviously).
And last but not least, the dealer will be keeping a close eye on where the house numbers are on the wheelhead. They will act as a sort of ‘marker points’, to tell him when it is okay to throw the ball. Once 0 or 00 passes the dealer’s hand, he would then make his short spin, and if luck would have it, beat the players sitting at his table.