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Roulette is one of the most glamorous (and easy-to-learn) table games in any casino. Now, guests at Binion’s casino in downtown Las Vegas can try a fun new twist on the classic game, Double Ball Roulette.

We adore Binion’s and roulette, two things. also fonts in cursive. Three things then. as well as red. therefore, four.

With two balls in play on a standard roulette wheel, Double Ball Roulette, as its name suggests, amplifies the entertainment value.

Through a tube, the balls are launched using compressed air. Thanks to our extraordinary photography skills, you can see the unique launch tube below.

Gravity is old-school. Double Ball Roulette is all about ball propulsion, baby!

The balls are launched by players, not a dealer, using a remote control. In our humble opinion, Double Ball Roulette stands out because of this interactive component.

There are two outcomes for each spin when there are two balls in play.

Two dollies (or markers; see below) are used by the dealer to inform the players of the outcomes of each spin.

The remote control is the “plunger” on the left. The marker thingies are those plastic objects. They are the technical names, yes. Do not question our knowledge of gambling.

It should come as no surprise that the payouts on the Double Ball Roulette table have changed to reflect the presence of two balls.

There’s a sort of payout “cheat sheet” right on the table felt for easy reference.

Alternately, just take what the dealer tries to push your way. We’re not reading; we’re drinking.

As you can see, each ball has a payout. The payout for a “straight up” wager on one number is 17-to-1. The payout for a straight up number in traditional roulette, which only uses one ball, is 35-to-1. The payout is 8-to-1 for a “split” bet on two numbers, and so on.

It might take some getting used to the payouts in Double Ball Roulette, but your dealer can explain the math. After all, having a good time is what Vegas is all about, not math (or reading)!

Go here to see the odds for Double Ball Roulette.

Speaking of fun, Double Ball Roulette offers a side bet that can raise the stakes considerably.

A bet in the shape of a racetrack is placed next to the conventional layout and pays 1,200 to 1 if both balls land in the same number.

This side bet has a range of $1 to $5. A $5 wager would return $6,000. That’s a lot of beer-filled plastic footballs! It’s Fremont Street, hey. Almost everything is measured in terms of plastic footballs filled with beer.

It doesn’t happen very often, about once every 38 spins, when two balls land in the same area. If you insist on doing the math, the chances are 1 in 1,444.

We like money, so you two get cozy in that ball pocket. A lot.

You can see what it looks like to place a wager on a number as a side bet by looking at the example below. Let’s just say that a lot of awesome is involved. possibly an IRS form as well. but in the best manner imaginable.

Do not go into a panic. This is advantageous.

The payouts for “outside” bets are one of the biggest adjustments for players who are used to playing traditional roulette.

For instance, both balls must land on red numbers for a bet on red to win. Red loses if one comes up black and the other red. However, there is a bet that pays 1-to-1 for a split decision (one black, one red).

We prefer having more chances to win.

Another illustration is a “3rd 12” wager. For the wager to be successful with an 8-to-1 payout, both numbers must fall within the “3rd 12” section of the layout.

When the marker thingies land on your numbers, that is a very good thing. Ask James Bond, please.

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Double Ball Roulette is a refreshing new take on a game millions of Las Vegas visitors know and love.

Binion’s is the first casino on Fremont Street to have Double Ball Roulette, so check it out and let us know what you think!

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Double Ball Roulette

The game of double ball roulette is identical to standard roulette but uses two balls. The game was first shown to me at the Global Gaming Expo in 2013, and on February 18, 2014, I later saw it at the Tropicana in Las Vegas. The wheel in the Tropicana has two zeros.

Later, in November 2016, I discovered it at a Felt-powered online casino. A single-zero wheel is used by Felt.

You might be curious as to how they prevent the balls from colliding during a physical game. The two balls almost simultaneously shoot out of a tube using compressed air in this game. The second ball always trails the first ball because they move at the same speed.

If the two outcomes were completely independent, you might also wonder if the likelihood of the two balls landing in the same number is similar to the expected 1/38. At the very least, I pondered this and spent far too much time at the gaming convention pestering the game developer with physics inquiries. He assured me that an independent lab had performed tens of thousands of spins, and that under the assumption that the two outcomes were totally independent, the likelihood that the two balls would land on the same number is approximately 1/38.

The betting structure is largely the same as in traditional roulette. The player has two chances to win with inside bets, but the payouts are lower. Both balls must win in the outside bets, but the payouts are higher. The player can also wager that either ball will land in a specific number or both balls will.

Rules

Standard Rules

  1. An ordinary single- or double-zero wheel is used.
  2. Most of the layout is the same as conventional roulette.
  3. Two balls are used.
  4. Both balls must be successful for “outside” bets to win. For example, for a bet on Red win, both balls must land in a red number.
  5. Either ball must be successful for “inside” bets to win. The player will win twice as much if both balls result in a successful outcome.
  6. For the “Double Ball Jackpot” bet to win, both balls must land in the selected number.
  7. A remote-controlled button is given to a player to activate the air gun shooting the balls.

Various Bets

  1. Red, Black, Odd, Even, 1 to 18, 19 to 36 — Pays 3 to 1 if both balls land in the chosen 18 numbers.
  2. 1st 12, 2nd 12, 3rd 12 — Pays 8 to 1 if both balls land in the chosen 12 numbers.
  3. 1 red, 1 black — Pays 1 to 1 if one ball lands in a red number and the other black.
  4. One Number — Pays 17 to 1 if either ball lands in the chosen number, and 34 to 1 if both do.
  5. Two Number — Pays 8 to 1 if either ball lands in the chosen number, and 16 to 1 if both do.
  6. Three Number — Pays 5 to 1 if either ball lands in the chosen number, and 10 to 1 if both do.
  7. Four Number — Pays 3 to 1 if either ball lands in the chosen number, and 6 to 1 if both do.
  8. Five Number — Pays 5 to 2 if either ball lands in the chosen number, and 5 to 1 if both do.
  9. Six Number — Pays 2 to 1 if either ball lands in the chosen number, and 4 to 1 if both do.
  10. Double Ball Jackpot — Pays 1,200 to 1 if both balls land in the selected number.
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Below are scans of the rack card. Click either image for a larger version.

Double-Zero Analysis

Outside Bets

The Outside bets on a double-zero wheel are analyzed in the tables below. For outside bets to be successful, both balls must land in a winning number.

My analysis of all wagers with 18 winning numbers, including red, black, odd, even, low (1 to 18), and high (19 to 36), is presented in the following table.

All 18-Number Outside Bets — Double-Zero Wheel

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
Win 3 324 0.224377 0.673130
Loss -1 1,120 0.775623 -0.775623
Total 1,444 1.000000 -0.102493

The following table displays my analysis of all wagers with the first, second, and third 12 winning numbers as well as the first, second, and third columns.

All 12-Number Outside Bets — Double-Zero Wheel

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
Win 8 144 0.099723 0.797784
Loss -1 1,300 0.900277 -0.900277
Total 1,444 1.000000 -0.102493

The next table shows my analysis of all single-number bet on a double-zero wheel.

All Single-Number Outside Bets — Double-Zero Wheel

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
Win 1200 1 0.000693 0.831025
Loss -1 1,443 0.999307 -0.999307
Total 1,444 1.000000 -0.168283

My analysis of the red/black wager on a double-zero wheel is presented in the following table. Both balls must land in the color black, with one in red.

Red/Black Bet — Double-Zero Wheel

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
Win 1 648 0.448753 0.448753
Loss -1 796 0.551247 -0.551247
Total 1,444 1.000000 -0.102493

Inside Bets

My analysis of the Inside bets on a double-zero wheel is presented in the tables below. For inside bets to win, just one ball needs to touch a winning number. The wager pays out twice as much if both come up in a winning number.

My analysis of each one-number wager is presented in the following table.

All 1-Number Inside Bets — Double-Zero Wheel

Wins Pays Combinations Probability Return
2 34 1 0.000693 0.023546
1 17 74 0.051247 0.871191
-1 1,369 0.948061 -0.948061
Total 1,444 1.000000 -0.053324

My analysis of all two-number (split) bets is presented in the following table.

All 2-Number Inside Bets — Double-Zero Wheel

Wins Pays Combinations Probability Return
2 16 4 0.002770 0.044321
1 8 144 0.099723 0.797784
-1 1,296 0.897507 -0.897507
Total 1,444 1.000000 -0.055402

My analysis of all 3-number (street) bets is presented in the following table.

All 3-Number Inside Bets — Double-Zero Wheel

Wins Pays Combinations Probability Return
2 10 9 0.006233 0.062327
1 5 210 0.145429 0.727147
-1 1,225 0.848338 -0.848338
Total 1,444 1.000000 -0.058864

My analysis of all 4-number (corner) bets is presented in the following table.

All 4-Number Inside Bets — Double-Zero Wheel

Wins Pays Combinations Probability Return
2 6 16 0.011080 0.066482
1 3 272 0.188366 0.565097
-1 1,156 0.800554 -0.800554
Total 1,444 1.000000 -0.168975

My analysis of the 5-number wager (on 0,00,1,2, and 3) is presented in the following table.

5-Number Inside Bet — Double-Zero Wheel

Wins Pays Combinations Probability Return
2 5 25 0.017313 0.086565
1 2.5 330 0.228532 0.571330
-1 1,089 0.754155 -0.754155
Total 1,444 1.000000 -0.096260

My analysis of each 6-number (double street) wager is presented in the following table.

All 6-Number Inside Bets — Double-Zero Wheel

Wins Pays Combinations Probability Return
2 4 36 0.024931 0.099723
1 2 384 0.265928 0.531856
-1 1,024 0.709141 -0.709141
Total 1,444 1.000000 -0.077562

Strategy

My recommendation is to place wagers with the highest expected return in any game. The inside bets on a single number, with a house edge of 5.33%, are the best wager on a double-zero wheel. The odds for two- and three-number bets, respectively 5.89% and 5.54%, are not significantly worse.

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If I didn’t mention that the house edge in traditional double-zero roulette is lower at 5.26%, I would be deficient in my duties. Nevertheless, this is only 0.07% less expensive than the inside-bet on a single number in Double Ball Roulette.

Single-Zero Analysis

Here are a few images from Felt Gaming’s single-zero Double Ball Roulette game. For a larger version of either image, click on it.

Outside Bets

The Outside bets on a single-zero wheel are analyzed in the tables below. For outside bets to be successful, both balls must land in a winning number.

My analysis of all wagers with 18 winning numbers, including red, black, odd, even, low (1 to 18), and high (19 to 36), is presented in the following table.

All 18-Number Outside Bets — Single-Zero Wheel

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
Win 3 324 0.236669 0.710007
Loss -1 1,045 0.763331 -0.763331
Total 1,369 1.000000 -0.053324

The following table displays my analysis of all wagers with the first, second, and third 12 winning numbers as well as the first, second, and third columns.

All 12-Number Outside Bets — Single-Zero Wheel

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
Win 8 144 0.105186 0.841490
Loss -1 1,225 0.894814 -0.894814
Total 1,369 1.000000 -0.053324

The next table shows my analysis of all single-number bet on a single-zero wheel.

All Single-Number Outside Bets — Single-Zero Wheel

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
Win 1200 1 0.000730 0.876552
Loss -1 1,368 0.999270 -0.999270
Total 1,369 1.000000 -0.122717

My analysis of the red/black wager on a single-zero wheel is presented in the following table. Both balls must land in the color black, with one in red.

Red/Black Bet — Single-Zero Wheel

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
Win 1 648 0.473338 0.473338
Loss -1 721 0.526662 -0.526662
Total 1,369 1.000000 -0.053324

Inside Bets

The Inside bets on a single-zero wheel are analyzed in the tables below. For inside bets to win, just one ball needs to touch a winning number. The wager pays out twice as much if both come up in a winning number.

My analysis of each one-number wager is presented in the following table.

All 1-Number Inside Bets — Single-Zero Wheel

Wins Pays Combinations Probability Return
2 34 1 0.000730 0.024836
1 17 72 0.052593 0.894083
-1 1,296 0.946676 -0.946676
Total 1,369 1.000000 -0.027757

My analysis of all two-number (split) bets is presented in the following table.

All 2-Number Inside Bets — Single-Zero Wheel

Wins Pays Combinations Probability Return
2 16 4 0.002922 0.046749
1 8 140 0.102264 0.818115
-1 1,225 0.894814 -0.894814
Total 1,369 1.000000 -0.029949

My analysis of all 3-number (street) bets is presented in the following table.

All 3-Number Inside Bets — Single-Zero Wheel

Wins Pays Combinations Probability Return
2 6 16 0.011687 0.070124
1 3 264 0.192841 0.578524
-1 1,089 0.795471 -0.795471
Total 1,369 1.000000 -0.146822

My analysis of all 4-number (corner) bets is presented in the following table.

All 4-Number Inside Bets — Single-Zero Wheel

Wins Pays Combinations Probability Return
2 6 16 0.011687 0.070124
1 3 264 0.192841 0.578524
-1 1,089 0.795471 -0.795471
Total 1,369 1.000000 -0.146822

My analysis of each 6-number (single street) wager is presented in the following table.

All 6-Number Inside Bets — Single-Zero Wheel

Wins Pays Combinations Probability Return
2 4 36 0.026297 0.105186
1 2 372 0.271731 0.543462
-1 961 0.701972 -0.701972
Total 1,369 1.000000 -0.053324

Strategy

Making the wagers with the lowest house edge is all you can do for yourself in a game of pure luck, just like in any other game. In this instance, the inside bet with a single number has a house advantage of 2.78%. If you find that to be too volatile, the double-number inside bet is not much more expensive at 2.99%.