The wheel is perhaps the most important component of the casino game roulette. This is because the fate of all bets on the table during a spin is decided on the wheel. On the spinning wheel, a white ball is rolled, steadily moving towards the center due to the wheel’s inward sloping surfaces, and then finally landing on one of the wheel’s 37 or 38 numbers which is the winner of that round.
Indeed, one can say that the wheel is roulette itself and the rest are just trappings. The betting layout is just there for convenience, and the table merely exists for the bettors’ comfort. You can play roulette with only the wheel, and you’ll find that the game barely changed at all.
From Wood to Code – History of the Roulette Wheel
The roulette wheel has a long history spanning well over two hundred years. The idea of the roulette wheel came up after the French inventor, mathematician, and physicist Blaise Pascal designed and built what could’ve been a perpetual motion machine. This machine is considered by modern historians as the prototype of the roulette wheel, which actually came to being mere decades after Dr. Pascal’s proto-roulette invention was conceived.
The wheel has gone through many changes and split into multiple, some now obscure, variants. Nothing however is as revolutionary as the fact that the roulette wheel was successfully translated into a graphical representation of several lines of codes, and given a new incarnation in the Internet. The roulette wheel is no longer just the centerpiece of the roulette table, but is now the main graphical element of the online roulette client as well.
The Online Casino’s Digital Roulette Wheel
Online roulette wheel is nothing like the prominent physical wheel of the casino’s roulette table. It is nothing more than an animated visual interpretation of 1s and 0s unlike the live casino wheel that’s made of composite material. Also, the way an online roulette wheel decides the winning bet does not depend on how hard the dealer has spun in, or how long did it take before the ball was rolled on the track. Instead, the digital version of the wheel relies on a built-in random number generator, a program that generates a series of roulette wheel numbers without any pattern whatsoever, hence random.
As such, some people theorized that the online roulette wheel can be rigged in such a way that it favors the casino. Some don’t see this assumption, if true, as something bad. For them, it will just mean that the online wheel is not completely random and can be exploited. However, it all depends on the online casino. Scam ones for instance have wheels that are totally rigged, but you can never exploit them to your favor. Legit casinos meanwhile have wheels that are mostly random, unless some bad system glitch occurs.
In any case, the digital version of the roulette wheel serves the same purpose as the physical one. That is, it remains as the very component that decides who wins and who loses in every spin. The wheel, regardless of its format, will always remain the same. It will forever be the core of roulette, until the game fades in popularity and is lost in oblivion.