What are ‘Wheel Checks’?
‘Wheel checks’ (also ‘wheel chips’ or ‘roulette chips’) are special chips designed for use at the roulette table. Unlike the chips used for poker and craps which are coloured and marked according to their value, these wheel checks are assigned to a player by colour and represent the minimum bet for that table. The term can also refer to the process of testing a roulette wheel against bias, or when a player watches for wheel defects and uses the knowledge to their advantage.
‘Wheel Checks’ Explained
In roulette, players are assigned ‘wheel checks’ or ‘wheel chips’ instead of the standard casino chips. These are usually given as ‘singles’, or minimum value chips as per the table limit. Each player receives wheel checks in a different colour, and this helps the table and the dealer know exactly which bet belongs to who. This is especially useful if more than one player wants to bet in the same spot at the table. Players can also use the higher value standard chips if they wish to make bigger bets, although it is often easier for all parties if the player chooses a suitable minimum bet level to play at. Casinos will usually offer a range of different minimums so that players can choose one to suit their wagering preferences, and the wheel checks are worth different amounts at each table.
‘Wheel checks’ can also refer to the regular inspections of the roulette wheel which are carried out by the casino staff. The wheels are regularly tested to ensure that they are balanced and fair. If there are any faults in the wheel, it might start to favour one number – potentially costing the house money. If a roulette player talks about ‘wheel checks’, they usually mean searching for wheels that have notable defects and are therefore offering an advantage.