Of course, when most people think of games involving a spinning wheel, casino Roulette is the first one that springs to mind. It’s among the most popular casino games, and can be enjoyed in both brick-and-mortar establishments, as well as online. But there are other games too, that involve spinning a wheel to win – some of which can also be played at casinos – and here we take a look at some of the most well-known games.
What better place to start than with a classic? Roulette has been around for centuries, and has immersed itself within popular culture, through iconic scenes in movies such as Casablanca and Diamonds are Forever. Of course, if it wasn’t for French physicist and mathematician Blaise Pascal accidently creating his primitive version of the wheel, we wouldn’t be here today. Since then, Roulette has evolved and not only do we have European and American Roulette, but other variations with different themes, bets and more. It’s fair to say the game has stood the test of time and remains a firm favourite for many casino fans today.
The Big Six
You may also know it as the Money Wheel, Spin a Win or one of its other many names, but the concept is much the same, whatever variation of the wheel you’re playing. Despite originating in American casinos, you’re sure to find the game online wherever you play. A game of chance, the wheel is split into different coloured segments and the aim of the game is to wager where you think the wheel will land – on one or more segments. The wheel is then spun and if it lands on your chosen section, you win a specific multiplier of your bet. Dependent on how you play, it could be a game of minimum risk – or great risk. Just spin the wheel and see…
Okay, so not technically a casino game, but a French pastime that combines two popular games: Roulette and snooker. At one end of a snooker table is the wheel, which contains 25 cups, varying in colour (six green, red, yellow and white, and one blue) and numbers, which act as the game’s odds. Players place bets on where they think the ball will land once the croupier has hit the ball down a rail and onto the wheel. The pay-out is determined by the number on the cup – with the solitary blue cup offering the largest return of 24/1. For example, if you were to bet on the yellow 4 cup and it came in, you’d win 4x your bet.
Wheel of Fortune
An honorary mention to the Wheel of Fortune – quite similar to the Big Wheel – but most people will remember this as a TV show. The wheel of fortune contained different monetary values and players took it in turns to spin the wheel and guess a consonant to a well-known person or phrase – if they were correct, they’d win the value of that letter. Round by round, players were eliminated until the final round. Here, one word or phrase had to be guessed, using a selection of five consonants and one vowel, in just 15 seconds. If the contestant was successful, they’d win a car, a holiday or some cash. Wheel of Fortune has since extended into a range of online games, including casino Slots, Bingo games and other variations, many of which have been optimised for mobile gaming.