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Wheel of Fortune

The Wheel of Fortune is a game of chance played on TV and was first introduced on American TV by Merv Griffin in 1975.

Brief History

The history of wheel of fortune is a little recent going back to 1975 in America. It was initially played by three pairs of players who competed in trying solve a word puzzle. There is a big wheel that is used to determine the prizes contestants can win. Recent survey revealed that the game is one of the most watched programs on television and that viewers have maintained long running loyalty to the program since 1984. The program is ranked the third longest on air behind Entertainment Tonight and Souls Train which was cancelled back in 2006. Sony Pictures Television is the program producer.

Rules of Wheel of Fortune

The history of wheel of fortune is very brief and its rules are equally brief. Its popularity has blossomed since the rules are incredibly simple. The wheel is 6ft in diameter and is installed in a vertical position. On the wheels are 54 slots which are marked with symbols. The wheels have an accompanying table with markings similar to those on the vertical wheel. The following symbols are used to mark the slots.

(a)   $1,(b) $2,(c) $5,(d) $10, (e) $20 and (f) a joker

On the wheel, 24 slots are marked with $1, 15 with $2, seven with $5, four with $10, and two each for $20 and the joker.

The table is marked similarly and it is on the table that you also meet the dealer. To play roulette you need to guess which number will fall under the pointer on top of the wheel after the wheel is span and bet accordingly. By betting you place your chip on top of the symbol you expect to turn up in front of the dealer. The dealer allows for interested players to place their bets and when this is done he spins the wheel and the symbol that turns up is the winner. Players are permitted to place their bets on different symbols. Bets on that symbol are winners while the rest are losers.

The pay ratios vary with the probability of winning in which case the more common symbols which have greater probability of occurrence offer lower profits as contrasted to fewer symbols with lower probability of occurrence which offer higher payout ratios.

  • $1 is paid in the ratio of 1 to 1
  • $2 is paid in the ratio of 2 to 1
  • $5 attracts a payout ratio of 5 to 1
  • $10 attracts a payout ratio of 10 to 1
  • $20 comes with a payout ratio of 20 to 1
  • And a joker attracts the highest ratio of 40 to 1

This game seems to have a lot of resemblance with roulette starting from the fact that it involves the spinning of wheel to the fact that some symbols are few and attract higher payouts like roulette would pay for single bets while symbols which are many and represent higher probability of occurrence are also comparable to outside betting system in roulette which offer comparatively low pay out ratios. You can also try other games of fortune.

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