How to Play Money Wheel and Win

You’ve probably seen the Money Wheel (sometimes called the Cash Wheel, or Big Six wheel as the wheel has 6 different possible combinations) in your local casino. It’s normally a big wooden or plastic wheel with lots of different coloured sections on it that gets hand spun by a Money Wheel (Bix Six Wheel) casino dealer, and makes a clack-clack noise as it’s spun. You bet on combinations available on the Money Wheel and you get paid at various odds if the wheel marker ends up on those combinations. I’ve always thought of the casino Money Wheel as bit of a sideshow game. You’ll see derivatives of the wheel at local fairs, Easter shows, A&P shows, or at circus events.

This Big Six / Money Wheel can be a fun game to play – but the secret to winning here is to bet SMALL, and never more than one or two number combinations at a time. This game is all about luck – there’s no strategy that you can apply to the Money Wheel to win consistently in the long term.

Money Wheel (Big Six) is a simple game to play, and you can get up to a 40-1 payout (that’s higher than roulette, but the house edge is higher on the Money Wheel). Simply guess which symbol group on the large cash wheel the gauge / marker will point to when the wheel stops following a dealer spin. Money Wheel (also called Cash Wheel, or in some countries Big Six wheel) is normally played on a vertical rotary big wheel with a fixed gauge/pointer on the edge. The wheel has 54 (USA) or 52 (Australia) slots/sections signifying various repeating groups of the six principal betting symbols. The odds paid out however are not the true odds – thus our advice to bet small here.

To bet, put your cash on the table and let the dealer exchange your money for casino gaming chips. Place your chips on the part of the Money Wheel betting layout that represents the bet you which to make. You may bet on one or more symbols each time. When all wagers are placed, the dealer spins the wheel with a solid pull and push down activity and catches one side of the wheel. The Big Six wheel slowly grinds to a stop and shows the winning number / symbol.

The symbols, odds, returns and house edge are shown for each possible Money Wheel bet below.

Big Six Money Wheel (Cash Wheel) Odds Slots and Payoffs
24 slots at even money, indicated $1, pays 1 to 1 – House Edge is 11.11%
15 slots at 2:1, indicated $2, pays 2 to 1 – House Edge is 16.67%
7 slots at 5:1, indicated $5, pays 5 to 1 – House Edge is 22.22%
4 slots at 10:1, indicated $10, pays 10 to 1 – House Edge is 18.52%
2 slots at 20:1, indicated $20, pays 20 to 1 – House Edge is 22.22%
1 slot at 40:1, indicated Joker or Logo, pays 40 to 1 – House Edge is 24.07% (or 14.81% if 45:1 is paid)

Play the Big Six Money Wheel for small stakes, and never for a long period. Our How to Beat the Casinos mantra of “Get in (to the game), Get Up (in your bankroll / capital), Get Out (leave the game)” should be closely followed here. You can easily win on the Money Wheel in the short term, but the very high house edge on this game will mean you simply can’t win in the long term.