The Big Six Wheel is a very simple casino game that relies solely on luck and has no element of skill.
If you have ever seen Wheel of Fortune on TV, you will be familiar with the large wheel that is spun with many different segments that can be landed on when the wheel comes to a stop.
Big Six is essentially this Casino Wheel Game, which has 6 different outcomes with a total of 54 segments.
As it is purely a game of luck, the house edge is higher than many casino games and there is no real strategy that can be used to increase your chances of winning.
Big Six has a number of other names at different casinos including Wheel of Fortune, Lucky Wheel, Big Wheel, and Money Wheel.
How to play Big Six
Once you have chosen how much you wish to bet, the wheel starts to spin.
There are 54 segments that the wheel can stop on with a total of 6 differing values. The amounts that appear the most often have the best chance of coming up and therefore also have the lowest payouts.
There are normally 52 segments containing numbers or symbols, and 2 that contain a joker or logo depending on where you are playing. These 2 segments are the least likely to come in and therefore have the best pay out, the amount can vary depending on where you play the Big Six.
Once the wheel comes to a stop, the winning segment is shown – this is usually at the top of the wheel and signified by a flexible piece of rubber, which will stop in a particular segment between the spokes found to the side of each segment.
A typical wheel is shown above, the segment at the top of the wheel contains the piece of rubber, which signifies the winning segment, you can then decide how much to bet each spin and the total bet amount is multiplied by the number that you bet on.
In the above example, you can bet on a 2 which pays 2x your total bet, a 5 which pays 5x your total bet, a blue 10 or red 10 which both pay 10x your total bet, a green 20 or purple 20 which pay 20x the total bet and a white Joker or Black Joker which pay out higher amounts.
As with any casino game, Big Six has a house edge which means in the long run the casino has an advantage of winning in the end. The house edge tends to be lower at the smaller payout amounts but the house edge, in general, is one of the highest when playing Big Six compared to most other casino games.
Big Six Wheel Payouts
The versions of Big Six differ from casino to casino, but a standard payout chart is shown below which is based on the Las Vegas Rules.
All wheels tend to have 54 segments which include 2 Jokers or Logos that pay out the most, we recommend you shop around when trying to find a version of Big Six if that is your game of choice.
1 to 1
2 to 1
5 to 1
10 to 1
20 to 1
40 to 1
40 to 1
As you will see from the above table, the more often a number appears, the lower the pay out but also the lower the house edge.
Although the Logos pay out 40 to 1, there is just 1 logo out of the 54 segments so the house edge – the chance the casino will win compared to the player winning – is very high.
Big Six Strategy
As mentioned previously, Big Six is a game of pure luck and requires no skill at all and therefore it is hard to put together a strategy that will increase your chances of leaving a session ahead.
The best bets are those with a lower house edge – the lower payouts – so you are more likely to win and finish up by betting on these segments. As these also have the highest probability of coming in, they represent the highest chance of you winning by far.
However, you are not going to get rich by betting on these segments due to the low payouts, so some players prefer to go for the Logos/Jokers which rarely come in but pay out a lot more when they do and when your luck is in.
If you are looking to spend some time gambling with the hope of walking away ahead at the end of a session, there are much better casino games around than Big Six.
Big Six Tips
Like any casino game, you need to ensure that you are betting within your means. Therefore, before you start a session, ensure that you decide how much you can afford to lose and make sure you stick to this amount. We would recommend that you start with at least 40 bets so if you intend on betting €1 per spin, you would need a budget of €40 to start a session.
When playing Big Six, ensure you aren’t tired, depressed or under the influence of drink or drugs otherwise your judgment will be impaired making it more likely you will lose.
The key to any casino game is to have fun and enjoy the session if the enjoyment goes then stop and walk away.