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Roulette is Very Different in California

September 20, 2023

You probably know roulette is the game where a wheel is spun in one direction while a ball travels the opposite way. But in California, things are quite different.

Due to some quirky requirements that are placed on tribal casinos in The Golden State, roulette wheels have a different design.

Instead of the traditional one with its differently-numbered pockets for the ball to rest in, Californian Roulette wheels contain 38 different cards.

Like in American Roulette, these cards are numbered 1-36 with the additions of 0 and 00. They’re also coloured red, black, and green too.

When the dealer spins a Californian Roulette wheel, they don’t add a ball a few seconds later. Instead, an arrow or pointer will show which card has won. Once the wheel has stopped, the croupier will pick up the card and show it to the players.

Aside from the novel wheel, everything else is essentially the same as American Roulette, with players able to bet on individual numbers, groups of numbers, odds/evens, or colours. This means players familiar with the rules of roulette don’t have to learn anything new to play in California.