**Cashing in on section shooting**This document is something that a respected person put together to try and distil ideas that I have in reference to dealers aiming for sectors on the roulette wheel. I will start with some history of my ideas and then move onto the theory aspects. Don?t just skip the tedious history as you will see how I arrived to where I am today.

**History**I am a corporate entertainer in the UK (not me, rather the author), many of the events that I attend have what is known as a ?fun casino? which tends to incorporate all of the popular table games. A couple of years ago I was working an event, when I got into a conversation with one of the croupiers at the roulette wheel, he was an old boy (we will call him Stan) who had worked casinos the whole of his working life. I asked if there was any truth that they can influence the outcomes for red and black. He told me that he couldn't do it? ..but he could hit numbers, he even offered a demonstration. He told me that he would get within 2 numbers either side of any number that I called.

He then proceeded to either hit or get within 2 neighbours for the next half a dozen or so spins. I was amazed and asked if he had ever been asked to ?hit for the house? as it were. He said that often he was brought in when there was a heavy bettor who was betting on a section of the wheel, who was creaming the casino. He would be asked to avoid the numbers that a particular punter had his chips on. As an aside I also asked him about air-ball roulette, he wasn?t familiar with it but said that if it is ?mechanical then it is rigged? make of that what you will.

He also told me that the wheel that he was using was of the older type and wasn?t sure if it could be done on a modern wheel. Since then I have been trying to find out whether this could be done on a low fret wheel. I have also talked to other croupiers at events who also say that they can do it, some almost shrug it off as a simple task. In the book killer roulette the author claims that he could do it on particular wheels.

Recently I have put mechanical bet selections on the back burner and been researching methods using the physics of the wheel and made some interesting discoveries in respect of section shooting.

The first thing that I noticed with Stans technique was that he would wait until the number that I had requested, rotated into a certain position, before he launched the ball. The rotor (spinning part) was at a constant speed. I learnt later that the ball would have to be launched at a consistent velocity too, but not necessarily exactly the same. I have also learnt that the wheel needs to be defective or tilted for this to work. So these are the clues that someone is dealing against you ie.

Waiting for section or number to rotate into a certain position before launching the ball

Constant rotor and ball speed

Tilted wheel

Lets analyse these points further.

**Tilted Wheel**A tilted wheel is a term for a wheel with a dominant drop zone, in other words the ball will either drop from a particular point on the track, or it will hit a particular diamond more often than the others. Herb from VLS (I respect his view on this) reckons that the wheel must have a dominant drop and is imperative for any section shooting or dealer signature to happen. Note that dealers may not be aware that the wheel is tilted they just know that they can do it on some of the wheels. It is estimated that 1 in 5 wheels are tilted.

A dominant drop zone can be caused by a multitude of factors, principally,

It could literally be tilted, ie not level so that the ball has to climb at certain points, thus slowing it down, in the last couple of revolutions, enough to drop in a predictable area. Tilt can be caused by not levelling the wheel properly, or it could be down to people leaning on a busy table.

The wheel could be defective, ie worn ball track through thousands of spins, or warp-age in the apron caused by the heat form lights, air humidity variations etc.

For a wheel to be considered tilted, the ball needs to collide with a diamond about 4 -5 times out of ten. There are also wheels with less of a bias that have 2 or three diamonds which hit more than any other. These characteristics can be checked visually whilst playing the game. Note that if the ball is spun both clockwise and counter clockwise then the same wheel could have one dominant diamond for cw and another for ccw spins. So when recording note which is which.

**Constant wheel and consistent ball speed**Lets look at the wheel speed first you will probably be able to get a rough estimate by just looking at the wheel eg is it fast or slow, and is the spin about the same speed. It seems that a lot of dealers keep the wheel about the same speed. If you can count two seconds in your head you can then have a temporary reference point and as zero passes it you can count to 2 and see what number passes below that same ref point. On the next spin do the same, if the speed of the wheel is the same then the numbers will also be the same.

The ball speed you are basically looking for the same amount of revolutions each time so if the dealer spins 16 revs then the next time should be 16 revs. However due to tilt you may find that 15 or 17 revs achieve the same result. Also the wheel speed can allow for + or ? revolutions sometimes.

Note that the ball always decelerates at the same rate and will leave the upper track at the same speed, many people don?t know this. This means that it doesn?t matter whether the ball is thrown fast or slow, it will eventually reach a speed where centrifugal force no longer exists and it will then leave the track (not at the same place). However what people probably confuse is that a particular dealer when throwing a slow ball seems to hit his target, but this is probably down to the fact that he has more chance of throwing the correct amount of revs when it is a slower launch, another dealer may be more consistent with a faster launch.

Note to self: I wonder if its possible to determine the exact moment and location that a ball leaves the wall, because if you knew this you would possibly have an idea where the ball will drop?

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**Waiting for the number to rotate into position**This is a little more difficult to explain but is also your biggest clue as far as I am concerned that they are shooting against you. They will need to aim for something but where are they aiming??? The easiest way of finding this, if you suspect that they are cheating, is to:

pick a temporary reference point on the wheel head, lets say a diamond or line at 12 o'clock.

As the ball is launched observe the number below your ref point, lets say it is zero.

Note the number pocket that the ball lands in, and note the yardage (number of pockets) that the ball has travelled from your original number, In this case zero, to the final destination, 6. in this example it is 10 pockets.

Therefore if you had been looking in a position 10 pockets from your 12 O?clock ref point (3 O?clock) when the ball had been launched then you would have been able to predict the area of the wheel that they were shooting at, on that particular spin.

Repeat for a few times to see where would be the optimum place to observe when they launch the ball for example using your temporary ref point at 12 o?clock you might find that the ball landed with the following yardage 10, 15, 8, 5, 12, 10??.. pockets. From this data you can see that the dealer is hitting pockets in a range from 5 ? 15 pockets away from your 12 o?clock ref point, but the majority of decisions are around the 10 pocket distance mark. Which means that you would need to look to the 3 o?clock position, when the ball is launched, to see where the ball is likely to land.

If you re visit that web site that I pointed out with the video footage of the guy spinning to numbers, you will see all of the above conditions, tilted wheel, consistent wheel speed and consistent ball spin. Watch how he is disguising the fact that he is waiting for the number to rotate to a certain point. If you watch closely you will see that the target number will be at somewhere between 7 and 9 oclock. Except when he misses on the number 4. if he was doing that all night and you were to look at the the number at 8 oclock when he launched and you bet say the number and 5 either side you would make a killing.

This brings me to a couple of points:

Don?t be fooled by them not looking into the bowl before they spin, it is an easy matter to spot the number and estimate the time that it will take to get to the ref point whilst looking away.

There are a number of dodges that they could use to make out that they aren?t waiting. You have to be sure that they launch from the number pocket that they pick the ball out of, or thereabouts. Note in the States it is common practice to pick the ball out and wait before launching it, so be aware!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zm5wMxvHwg4Check the fella in the grey suit rubbing his hands at the end, pr1cks.