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Our Jumbo Dice Wheel (Big Six) is so well known that detailed description is not neccessay. No Clubroom is complete without it. It offers the operator a handsome percentage and is a very popular play getter. Wheel is 60 inches in diameter, mounted on an 8 foot post. Face of the wheel is covered wsith glass with ornamental metal trim, handsomely plated. This same style of wheel also supplied in our 32 inche size. |

Big Six or Jumbo Dice is a wheel presentation of Chuck-a-Luck. It could better be described as Chuck-a-Luck on steroids.

Chuck-a-Luck, commonly called the bird cage, is the game where three dice are tumbled inside a wire cage shaped like an hour glass. The dice tumble from end to end when the cage is spun. As in Big Six, the layout bears the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. After the spin, if the player's number appears on one die, he gets even money. If it appears on two dice, he gets paid off at 2 to 1. If his number appears on all three dice, he is paid off at 3 to 1.

"Three winners and three losers every time," is the way the game is explained. If one dollar is bet on each of the six numbers, and the result of the spin is 1 - 2 - 3, each of them win a dollar while 4 - 5 - 6 each loses a dollar. What could be fairer?

There are 216 possible combinations with three dice (6*6*6). Of the 216 combinations, 120 are no pair combinations (6*5*4); 90 single and a pair combinations (6*5*2) and 6 are triples. If we played one dollar on each number for the 216 possible outcomes, we would break even 120 times, lose one dollar 90 times and lose two dollars six times. Total wagered, $1,296; total lost $96; percentage for operator, 7.407%.

The Big Six wheel has 54 spaces. Only six of these spaces are dead even with three different numbers. Of the remaining 48 spaces, 24 have three of a kind and 24 contain a pair. Total wagers, one dollar per number, 54 outcomes, $324. Total losses, 24 @ $1 and 24 and $2; $72. Percentage for the operator, 22.22% -- the steroids. Some depression-era slot machines paid better than that.

The Big Six Wheel is presented not only by outdoor amusement parks and carnivals, but also by modern casinos. The last Big Six Wheel I saw was at Grand Casino Coushatta, Kinder, LA.

One of dice wheels below will be auctioned at the Cody, Wyoming Western Auction on June 26, 2003.

The Horse wheel displays odds in a top box on the post. This particular wheel contains ten odds cards with the following values in order: 4, 6, 10, 5, 4, 6, 5, 10, 3, 8. The average payout would be 6.1 which means the house percantage is 39%. I do not know if this wheel is typical or if it has been modified by its owner to yield such a high percentage. If someone has that information, please let me know.

As the big wheel is spun, a gear drives a rod which goes up the stand into the box. It drives the counterweights as shown and spins the odds wheel. As the counterweights drop, the lock catches the next odds tab.