About the roulette wheel in Las VegasSubmitted by Duane Vick on Thu, 03/07/2013 - 17:49
If you aren't familiar with roulette, it is a game of chance offered in Las Vegas casinos and just about anywhere else in the world where gambling is offered. If you are familiar with roulette, you know that it has 37 or 38 possible outcomes and a payoff of 36 for 1. Now, you may not be aware that there are two different roulette wheels. The American roulette wheel has a single "0" as well as a double "00" spot, whereas the wheel commonly used in Europe has only a single "0". The difference is big. The casino's edge against you with a double 00 wheel is twice that of a single 0 wheel.
Being a long-time resident of Las Vegas, I can attest personally that Americans prefer the double 00 roulette wheels. I've seen in casinos that offered both that Americans are more familiar with the 00 wheel and thus will play it, despite it being worse for them. Maybe it is the result of imagery, maybe it's from the 00 wheel being more common, who knows. What I do know is that people will stick by the worst of two decisions. As a slave to logic, I see the idiocy of such behavior, yet find that you can't do a thing about it even when you give your best explanation.
How does this play into politics? Well, it means that sometimes you can't get people to play the best game that will hurt them the least. If the only way to get them to play is to give them a game that we know isn't the most ideal game, then let them play. We simply have to realize that the more moderate choice is the best choice if it is the only game the people will play.