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oulette is going through something of a golden period, with exciting new side bets and innovations allowing operators to gather and mine data more efficiently, screens to market direct to the player base

at the wheel, and much more. Cammegh’s Double Shot fits nicely into the ‘exciting new side bet’ category, as it’s a means of generating a second – or even third – random number from a single wheel. This allows for a lot of possibilities for the operator, as Andrew Cammegh explains: “Double Shot is two random numbers being generated by the same Roulette wheel. It’s a normal wheel, like a Cammegh Mercury wheel, though it could be applied to any Roulette wheel eventually. The Cammegh Eye Ball basically calculates a second winning number from a Roulette wheel other than the ball landing in a numbered pocket.” So how does it work? Andrew continues, “There are a

number of random things that happen to a Roulette wheel during a game, other than the number it actually lands on; they include the ball speed at launch, and the rotor speed at launch, which are different every time. We record the time it takes for the rotor and the ball to complete their respective first revolutions to microseconds. Once we have those times we add them together and divide it by the number of pockets on the wheel, which on a single wheel would be 37; whatever the remainder (or modulo) of that division is, that is your second random number. Double Shot is the name we’ve given to how we get that number.” At G2E Asia in 2010, Cammegh demonstrated to

customers a version of Double Shot, where the second random number was generated by adding the two

numbers (speed of ball, speed of wheel) to give a new number between 0 and 72; players could then bet on a spread of numbers, which correspond to a symbol which the player has bet on. There is huge potential for the creative operator to

generate big bets and big player excitement though, as Andrew elaborates: “As there are two numbers there are lots of bet options, with big payouts up to 1,225-1 – or you can have simple side bets, for example two reds coming up, odd or even numbers. It’s a simple way to increase productivity for the game because you can have spot prizes like drinks, dinner – low cost to the casino but high perceived value to the player.” But Cammegh has its eye on the bigger picture,

with even more possibilities. Andrew added: “Our aim is to establish Double Shot as a recognised add-on to the game, and then link it on a network so you could have much bigger jackpots. “Using our patent we have a third way of getting a

random number from the wheel; then from one spin you could have a 40,000-1 payout, which would be incredibly appealing to casino customers.” Like all the best side bets, this is simple for the

player to grasp and easy for staff to explain. And best of all, for existing Cammegh customers using a Mercury 2 wheel, it’s just a controller upgrade that’s required to get started, then just link the wheel to a Billboard display. At the time of going to press, Cammegh confirmed this will be available for other Roulette wheels, but they are focussing its launch on their own Mercury 2.

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