Spin the Wheel
Spin the Wheel (or Bonus Spin) is one of the latest side bets to grow in popularity in Vegas. Mr Blackjack checks out the progressive payout and gameplay of this fun wager.
Spin-the-Wheel blackjack is a brand new side bet in blackjack.
It combines a progressive jackpot and electronic wheel placed on every blackjack table that offers this wager. I have seen it on Freemont Street in Vegas, and it's a fun side bet to make if you want to add some more excitement to the game.
To make this wager, you place a $1 chip in the circle in front of you. The dealer picks up the chips, and the light in front of you turns red to indicate you are in the bonus.
Casinos offer this wager to create more excitement and give the chance to win $5,000 from your $1 bet, which makes it irresistible.
If you get a blackjack, the dealer will hand you a button to press, which triggers the wheel to spin. Similar to Wheel of Fortune, the payouts on the wheel will go from $5 to $5,000. The progressive payout could be in the thousands.
You won’t get rich by betting an extra dollar per game, but it is exciting to watch that wheel go round.
I highly recommend this bet if you are a few friends sitting at the table looking for a good time.
What this lesson covers
- What a Spin the Wheel bet is
- How this side bet works
- Payouts for a Spin the Wheel bet
- Whether you should make this bet in blackjack
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- How do you bet on Spin the Wheel?
You must add your wager at the start of the round onto the allocated side bet space on the blackjack table.
- How does Bonus Spin work?
Bonus Spin is a wager you make that you will get blackjack on your next round. If this happens, the dealer will give you a button that triggers the electronic wheel to spin. Prizes vary between $5 and a top prize progressive of potentially $5,000.
- Can I play this side bet in online blackjack?
Established online casinos with live blackjack tables will usually offer some form of the Bonus Spin side bet. Some casinos offer even money or a push if you have an Ace in your hand. Ask the dealer for the rules behind this side bet before playing.
- Can I still spin the wheel if I don’t get blackjack?
No, getting blackjack is the main condition of players winning this bet.
- What are the chances I win the Spin the Wheel bet?
You have a 4.8% chance of being dealt blackjack on your first two cards. Given you need a blackjack to spin the wheel, generally you have less than a 5% chance of winning a prize.
- What is the house edge on Bonus Spin?
This can vary between 8-12%, as casinos will sometimes change the prize options. Our blackjack odds guide offers more information on how the house edge changes between wagers and casinos.
- Should I play Bonus Spin bet in blackjack?
This wager is cheap to play, but it comes with a steep house edge and low odds of winning. If you want to add some fun to your game then Spin the Wheel is a good option, but don’t rely on it as part of your strategy to win more at blackjack.