At more than one hundred pounds and nearly 3 feet in diameter, the modern roulette wheel is a massive (and brilliantly engineered) piece of equipment, and something to contend with! Its design is carefully worked out, with nothing random about it and its layout is intricate. In all, there are 38 “pockets” (a pocket is the place in which the ball comes to rest), with 18 of those pockets red, 18 black, and 2 green.
The green pockets contain the numbers 0 and 00 (double zero), while the other pockets are numbered from 1 through 36. You will notice that the numbers are not simply thrown out randomly – there is a careful order to how they’ve been arranged (for instance, you can see that an odd number is placed directly across from the next highest even number).
Balance is what is sought in the roulette wheel, and this balance is found also in alternating color (red and black), number (high and low), and as stated already, through the alternating of even and odd.
You may wonder for what reason such order is sought, since after all no roll is dependent on any roll beforehand, and the position of numbers should hardly affect where the ball comes to its final resting position. And yet if this were so, why would you be able to bet on more than the individual number?
Why would each pocket have added attributes for betting on? Clearly, there is a REASON why the design of the roulette wheel is a standardized thing in the industry.
How is the game of roulette played? The croupier (or dealer) will spin the wheel in a counter clockwise fashion. This motion releases a ball which, as the wheel slows down, gets pulled down off the track and bounces around until it comes to a final resting position in one of the pockets. Its journey to the final pocket is a bumpy one, as it hits many little obstacles along the way. This circuitous journey ensures that its final landing will have been reached randomly.