New Double Action Roulette featured only at the M Resort
June 05, 2012 3:08 AM
by Mark Mayer
Leave it to a Frenchman to devise a way to improve roulette. It’s, how you say, magnifique!
“I was a roulette dealer at Caesars Palace during the 1990’s,” said Richar Fitoussi, now the VP for international marketing at M resort. “I saw a way of playing roulette with two outcomes. I did some design and research and finally figured it out. After four years, I finally got a patent.”
Fitoussi’s creation is called Double Action Roulette and it is being featured only at the M Resort at this time. After final approval by Nevada gaming authorities, which is expected to come in about 45 days, it could be available elsewhere.
“It probably will be September or October before deciding what we’ll do as far as our future plans for the distribution,” Fitoussi said.
The standard game of roulette first appeared in 1796 in Paris. The name roulette is devised from “little wheel.” The roulette wheels used in the casinos of Paris in the late 1790s had red for the single zero and black for the double zero. To avoid confusion, the color green was selected for the zeros in roulette wheels starting in the 1800s.
The beauty of Fitoussi’s version of roulette is being able to play two wheels at the same time – an inner and an outer. Both feature the same 36 numbers plus 0 and 00. Players can wager on either one or both wheels. There are numerous betting options with different payouts, but the big attraction is the 1200-1 payoff on having that little ball land on the same number for each wheel.
“I think this is a more exciting way to play and you have the chance to win on two wheels at the same time,” Fitoussi said.
The betting is basically the same as if you were playing regular roulette – bet red or black, first 12, second 12, third 12, single numbers, groups of numbers, whatever your preference. For a $1 minimum wager with a shot at winning $1,200, that’s not a bad way to spend an evening.
“With Double Action the payoff is higher if you decide to play both wheels,” Fitoussi said. “You don’t have to bet both wheels, but then you can’t get those 1200-1 odds. Say you play the number 20. If one comes in you get 35-1, if both come in it’s 1200-1.”
Of course, the player doesn’t have to choose the same number. Should the wager be different numbers on the wheels and both hit, the payoff would be two 35-1 winners. So far reaction to the game has been good with at least one 1200-1 payoff occurring on a daily basis.
Fitoussi said he would give the M first shot since they came forth to support his game.
“Plus I’m vice president of international marketing here so it makes sense,” Fitoussi said. “Anthony Marnell was always very supportive of the game going back to when we were both at the Rio. When I came to the M two years ago, Anthony said he would give me whatever I needed.”
As for the game of roulette, Fitoussi believes it is getting more popular.
“The payoffs are higher than for blackjack, which I think attracts a lot of people to the game,” he said. “I flew my friend Michele in from Paris to try the game out and he likes it.”
Double Action roulette is also featured in London with plans to get licensed in Buenos Aires.
“We are trying to get started, but America is the first one,” Fitoussi said.
“This game has been dealt for 200 years and nothing has changed. This is the first time we have come up with something different and it’s good.”
With Double Action, there is also the option of playing European roulette (one zero) or the American version (both 0 and 00).