Roulette Fun Facts For The Recreational Gambler – QUICK HITS

Since Roulette is returning to MGM Springfield and Encore Boston Harbor, I wanted to learn more about the game. Yes, I know how to place the chips, and the etiquette involved, but I want to know more. That brings us to today’s post, Roulette Fun Facts For The Recreational Gambler.

A “Quick Hits” Look at Roulette Fun Facts

Can you resist the temptation?

Let’s face it. The roulette house edge of 5.26% on American double-zero roulette tables casinos a huge profit. It provides a predictable long-term advantage to the casino or “house” while offering the player the possibility of a large short-term payout.

My favorite roulette experience was at the El Cortez, downtown Las Vegas. Imagine dollar minimums and placing quarters (not $25, real quarters) on the table. Low roller heaven! With friends and drinks, that play can go for a long time – especially when the bankroll is low!

Roulette Fun Facts For The Recreational Gambler
Scott Roeben of Vital Vegas

Most of the following comes from I recommend following the author, Scott Roeben. Between his podcast, his website, and his tweets, He covers Las Vegas with the whacky passion that only Scott can.

TermsRoulette Facts You Might Not Know

  • “Mucking” is when a roulette dealer gathers and restacks chips.
  • A “marker,” also called a “dolly,” is that crystal thing used to mark a winning number.
  • It’s also worth noting a roulette dealer is also called a “croupier.”
  • “Canoes” are small devices on a roulette wheel. They give the ball additional obstacles to divert the ball from a predictable path.
  • “Frets” are the little walls that separate the pockets on the wheel.

Roulette Chips – Roulette Fun Facts For The Recreational Gambler

Scott writes, “It’s a little-known fact that when pushing stacked chips to players, dealers can’t move the chips in a way that conceals them from the security cameras above. Dealers spend a lot of time practicing pushing stacks of chips. 20 is the standard number of chips in a stack at a roulette table.”

Roulette Fun Facts For The Recreational Gambler

Mr. Roeben continues, “Also, roulette chips have no value away from the table and can’t be traded for cash at the casino cashier. That’s because roulette chips have no set value. Players determine what value a chip will have. Chips can be worth $1, $5, or more, as stated when the player buys in.”

If you see a triple zero roulette table, just run.

Scott Roeben, Vital Vegas

Final Roulette Fun Facts For The Recreational Gambler

Roulette Fun Facts For The Recreational Gambler
“666” – The Devil’s Game
  • The most commonly played number on the roulette wheel is 17 for two reasons: 1) its central location on the layout, and it’s the number James Bond plays.
  • Roulette is called the “Devil’s Game” because if you add up all the numbers on the roulette wheel they equal 666.
  • The ball is made out of Teflon, acetal, or plastic these days. Originally, the balls were made out of Ivory. Due to endangered species laws, the practice was changed.
  • Finally, it’s deemed inappropriate to have your drink with you when you play at the roulette table, unlike blackjack, baccarat, etc. This is considered a big no-no.


That’s all for now. I hope you enjoyed our “Quick Hits” post on Roulette.


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