A Refreshing Twist on a Casino Classic: Double Ball Roulette at Binion’s

Roulette is one of the most glamorous (and easy-to-learn) table games in any casino. Now, guests at Binion’s casino in downtown Las Vegas can try a fun new twist on the classic game, Double Ball Roulette.

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Two things we love, Binion’s and roulette. And cursive fonts. So, three things. And the color red. So, four, then.

Double Ball Roulette, as the name implies, doubles up on the entertainment value with two balls in play on an otherwise traditional roulette wheel.

The balls are launched through a tube using compressed air. You can see the special launch tube below thanks to our extraordinary skill at photography.

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Gravity is old-school. Double Ball Roulette is all about ball propulsion, baby!

Players, rather than a dealer, get to launch the balls using a remote device. This interactive element sets Double Ball Roulette apart, in our humble opinion.

Take a look!

Having two balls in play means there are two results from each spin.

The dealer uses two dollies (or markers, see below) to let players know the results of each spin.

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The “plunger” on the left is the remote thingy. Those plastic items are the marker thingys. Yes, those are the technical names. Please don’t question our gambling expertise.

Not surprisingly, because there are two balls in play, the payouts on the Double Ball Roulette table have been adjusted accordingly.

There’s a sort of payout “cheat sheet” right on the table felt for easy reference.

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Or just collect whatever the dealer pushes in your direction. We’re here to drink, not read.

As you can see, there’s a payout for each ball. For a “straight up” bet on one number, the payout is 17-to-1. (In traditional roulette, using one ball, the payout for a straight up number is 35-to-1.) For two numbers, a “split” bet, the payout is 8-to-1, and so on.

The payouts for Double Ball Roulette may take some getting used to, but your dealer can help with the math. After all, Vegas isn’t about math (or reading), it’s about having a blast!

Go here to see the odds for Double Ball Roulette.

Speaking of having a blast, Double Ball Roulette provides a side bet can take the game to a whole new level.

Next to the traditional layout is a racetrack-shaped bet that pays a whopping 1,200-to-1 if both balls land in the same number.

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This side bet can be from $1-5. A $5 bet would pay six grand! That’s a lot of plastic footballs full of beer! (Hey, it’s Fremont Street. We measure pretty much everything in terms of plastic footballs full of beer.)

Two balls land in the same space about once in every 38 spins, so it’s not all that uncommon. The odds are 1-in-1,444, if you insist upon knowing the math.

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You two get cozy in that ball pocket, because we like money. A lot.

Look below to see what it looks like if you have a bet on a straight up number as well as a wager on that number as a side bet. Let’s just say it involves a lot of awesome. And possibly a form from the IRS. But in the best possible way.

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Don’t have a freak-out. This is a good thing.

One of the biggest adjustments for players who are used to traditional roulette is in the “outside” bet payoffs.

To win a bet on red, for example, both balls have to land on red numbers. If one hits black and the other red, the bet on red loses. There is a bet for a split decision, however (one black, one red), that pays 1-to-1.

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More ways to win works for us.

Another example would be a “3rd 12” bet. Both numbers have to hit in the “3rd 12” portion of the layout for the bet to win at a payout of 8-to-1.

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It’s a very good thing when the marker thingys land on your numbers. Just ask James Bond.

Double Ball Roulette is a refreshing new take on a game millions of Las Vegas visitors know and love.

Binion’s is the first casino on Fremont Street to have Double Ball Roulette, so check it out and let us know what you think!

Enjoy more photos below, because that’s how we roll. Or spin. Whatever works for you.

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5 responses to “A Refreshing Twist on a Casino Classic: Double Ball Roulette at Binion’s

  1. I’ve used the same roulette playing pattern for about 20 years and usually come out ahead. It will work even better with the double ball feature. Hope it’s still around in October 2016.

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