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# How did the numbers and colors get into the order they are now in on the roulette wheel and table?

Question #52359. Asked by tjoebigham. (Nov 12 04 5:29 PM)

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An attempt has been make to alternate low, high, odd and even numbers, as well as the red and black colors, in such a way that each group of numbers, and each color is spaced out in a mathematically balanced fashion. A perfect mathematical balance is not possible, since the sum of the numbers 1 through 36 is 666, and the 18 odd numbers add to only 342. In order to attain the best possible mathematical balance, roulette manufacturers use the following arrangement: The numbers 0 and 00 are directly opposite each other on the wheel head rim separated on each side by 18 numbers. The 0 pocket is between two black-numbered pockets and the colors alternate in both directions around the wheel, ending in two red pockets, one on each side of the 00. Odd numbers alternate with even numbers. In order to get the best possible distribution of high and low numbers, the sum of each two successive numbers of the same color must equal 37. There are two exceptions, the numbers 9 and 28 and the numbers 10 and 27 which are not the same color, as each pair is made up of a red and black number.

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Exactly opposite each other number is the corresponding higher and lower number. Look straight across one side of the wheel to the other and you will see that the O is opposite the 00, 1 is opposite the 2, and so on up to the 35 being directly opposite the 36. All red numbers are opposite the black numbers.

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 Nov 13 04, 5:25 AM
gtho4

A dealer once told me that a 2-number-split-bet cannot be made for 2 numbers next to each other on the wheel. The closest is the 0/3 split - they're separated by one number, the 26. He told me to stay away from the 1, which he called the orphan. No idea about the layout of the table, other than they're all consecutive, in 3 columns!

 Nov 13 04, 5:25 AM

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