What is ‘Big Six’?
Big Six(6), also known as the Big Six Wheel, Wheel of Fortune and Lucky Wheel, is a game of chance offered by some casinos. The game is played on a large vertical wheel and has a vague similarity to roulette, although not all of the numbers are equally likely. The odds offered to the player are easy to determine as the payout is equivalent to the number selected – for example, a 1 offers a payout of 1/1, while a 5 offers a payout of 5/1. The wheel will usually have one or two logos, in addition, which offer higher payouts. The odds and house edge vary quite significantly from casino to casino, and in different online variants.
‘Big Six’ Explained
The Big Six wheel operates on a similar principle to roulette, but the house edge is usually higher and the wheel is very different. It is vertical, usually much larger, and there is no ball – instead, a pointer will land on one of the numbers as the wheel spins.
Big Six actually has one of the highest house advantages in the casino, making it a relatively poor draw for players looking to win money over the long haul. As well as each number having a different probability of occurring, the house edge for each number also varies significantly. In Las Vegas rules, for example, the house edge for 1 is 11.11%, whereas for one of the two logos it is 24.07%, a huge disadvantage for the player.
The attraction of Big Six is mostly for casual and inexperienced gamers, and variants can be found all over the world with their own designs, rules, and odds. In general, the Australian version of the game has the lowest house edge, which is also consistent over all possible betting options. The advantage to the house, however, is still significantly higher than other games such as craps or blackjack.