games is known by either name and is a relic of the
old carnival spin-the-wheel games, in which a wheel
is turned by the operator, and if the correct symbol
or number comes up, the player wins.
Most clubs don't have the big six wheel and those
that do generally have no more than one in operation.
However, since the wheel was a popular attraction
for many many years on the boardwalk in Atlantic City,
casinos there have installed them.
The wheel itself is usually an ornate and elaborate
affair about six feet in diameter. On its pedestal
it stands about eight feet off the floor. The wheel
is divided into nine parts, in a continuous circle,
each part holding six pockets, so that there are fifty-four
individual pockets, each holding one of the symbols
that can be bet on.
each pocket are metal nails, and as the wheel is spun,
a suspended leather strap hits each pocket in turn,
till the machine slows down and finally stops of its
own momentum, with the strap then standing clearly
in one pocket. Whoever has wagered on the symbol of
that pocket wins his or her bet.