The most famous are 2 versions of the game:
- Australian with 52 sectors;
- American with 54 sectors.
2 additional sectors are formed by cells “joker” or “chance” and have increased payout coefficients. The wheel itself is installed vertically and has a pointer that uniquely marks one and only one sector when the wheel is stationary. A betting table is located in front of the disc. There are usually 6 different options on which you can bet 6. You can bet on one or several. For example, such a distribution:
- 2 segments with the number “20” – payouts 20 to 1.
- 4 segments with the number “10” – payouts 10 to 1.
- 7 segments with the number “5” – payouts 5 to 1.
- 15 segments with the number “2” – payouts 2 to 1.
- 24 segments with the number “1” – payouts 1 to 1.
- 2 bonus segments “joker” or “chance” – payouts 47: 1.
After everyone has made their bets, the dealer spins the disc. Usually, to brake the disc around the circumference, special limiters are additionally installed, which lightly cling to the arrow-pointer. When the disc comes to a complete stop, the dealer announces the dropped segment and pays the players due.
As you can see, the rules are very simple. The player is not required to make any calculations or analysis of the situation. You just need to choose a sector at your discretion, place a bet (or several) and watch the rotation.
Probability of winning and game strategy
The principle of equiprobable occurrence of any sector is very similar to the principle of roulette. The dealer spins the disc with different force, sometimes in different directions, and there is no way to predict which segment the arrow will point to after stopping. However, the number of sectors, their distribution and payout ratios make this long distance game very profitable for the casino and not so much for the players. In the Australian version, the house edge is rated at 7.7% . But in the American version with two bonus segments, these figures are already from 11.11% to 24% , depending on the rates. Of course, this does not mean that any player will necessarily lose.
The Wheel of Fortune with a live dealer lives up to its name. This is a very gambling, fun and dynamic game, and with the accompanying luck, you can easily increase your bank in it. If we talk about the strategy for the game, then it is recommended to make average bets on the minimum odds. Well, it is advisable to treat the game only as entertainment.