Big Six Wheel Game of Chance

The Big Six wheel is a wheel game of chance that has been legally played in licensed UK casinos since May 13th, 2002. This game is also known as the Big Six, and is a game of chance played with the help of large vertical spinning wheel.

The wheel is divided into equal segments (usually 52) that are separated by pins or spokes, each one representing a number. The dealer spins the wheel and when it stops the winning segment is the one indicated by the pointer which is made of flexible piece of leather or rubber. This pointer rubs against the wheel's spokes making it slow down and stop. Players can place bets on the symbols and if they win - get the win paid according to the payouts and placed bet.

Variations:

The game is very popular nowadays and there are lots of variations that differ mainly by the symbols on the wheel segments and by the payouts offered.

Money Wheel

The Money Wheel is the most popular US version of the Big Six. The symbols on the wheel are money bills - $1, $2, $5, $10 and $20 and two extra symbols the casino logo and a joker, which both appear only once on the wheel. The bills pay out according to the value of the bill that is indicated by the pointer, e.g. $1 pays 1 to 1, $2 pays 2 to 1, $20 pays 20 to 1. The special symbols pay out either 40 or 45 to 1.

The casino advantage for this game is the highest in comparison to all other roulette games. The US edge for $1 is 11.1% while for the joker it is over 24%. An Australian version offers a house edge of 7.69% for all bets with payouts 47:1, 23:1, 11:1, 5:1, 3:1 and 1:1.

Dice Wheel

Big Six wheel
Huge big six wheel amazes from the 1st sight.

The game is played with a wheel like the one shown in the picture. As you can see, each of the 54 segments has three dice with numbers. Triples (2-2-2; 4-4-4) and doubles like 2, 1, 1; 2, 2, 1; 4, 3, 3; 5, 4, 4; 6, 5, 5; and 6, 6, 3 appear four times each. Two combinations of 3, 2, 1; and 6, 5, 4 appear three times each.

Players bet on a single number and the dealer spins the wheel. The outcome of the wheel payout depends on how many times the number the player bets on appears on the winning segment. One match pays 1 to 1; Double match pays 2 to 1 and triple match pays 3 to 1.

The outcome of the game produces following odds:

  • possible segments when only 1 die will match
  • possible segments when 2 dice will match
  • possible segments when 3 dice will match

Considering the payouts, this game provides an expected loss of 22.2%.

This game is very rarely seen in casinos, however it is often found at carnival games or fund-raisers. There can be also a Big-Nine wheel with 5 dice on each segment.

UK, Australia and New Zealand Rules Comparison

The legal version of the game in the UK, Australia and New Zealand states that a wheel is not less than 1.5 meters in diameter, with at least 52 segments with one of 7 symbols.

Symbol

Segments

Odds

Payouts UK

House Odds UK

Payouts AUS & NZ

House Odds AUS & NZ

A

1 in 52

1.9%

50 to 1

1.9%

47 to 1

7.7%

B

1 in 52

1.9%

50 to 1

1.9%

47 to 1

7.7%

C

2 in 52

3.9%

20 to 1

19.2%

23 to 1

7.7%

D

4 in 52

7.7%

10 to 1

15.4%

11 to 1

7.7%

E

8 in 52

15.4%

5 to 1

7.7%

5 to 1

7.7%

F

12 in 52

23.1%

3 to 1

7.7%

3 to 1

7.7%

G

24 in 52

46.2%

1 to 1

7.7%

1 to 1

7.7%

In the table above you can see the various payouts, odds of winning and symbols (A-G) found on UK, AUS and NZ game variations. The letters A-G stand for symbols on each segment.