This article refers to professional roulette tables — the ones you find in casinos.
Tiny, toy-like roulette sets can be found in many stores. They are very cheap, and very small. But they can’t be compared to real ones.
So if you’re wondering how much you would have to pay to buy one of those majestic casino tables, keep reading.
This article will also cover the cost of roulette wheels, layouts, chips, and other roulette accessories.
Let’s get started.
How much does a roulette table cost?
A quality roulette table costs anywhere between $1,300 and $4,000. This refers to the table alone and does not include the roulette wheel nor other roulette accessories such as chips.
If you’re lucky, you may be able to get a used roulette table for less than half of the original price, although in this case you would have to check the condition of the item first.
Custom luxury roulette tables could sell for $15,000 or more depending on the design and materials, and the price may include the wheel as well.
Typically, you won’t be able to see roulette table prices if you visit casino equipment suppliers.
You would have to send an enquiry and, as a private buyer it’s not guaranteed you’d be able to buy casino equipment anyway.
I had a look at a few websites (US and UK) that did display prices and here’s what I found:
|Site C (2)||£1,758|
|Site C (3)||£2,670|
As you can see, prices range from $1,300 to $4,100. What makes the difference is:
- The size (bigger roulette tables are more expensive)
- The materials used and the overall quality
- Whether the table is on sale or not
How much does a roulette wheel cost?
As explained, if you purchase a roulette table the wheel will not be included, unless the seller clearly states it does.
On average, professional roulette wheels cost between $1,500 and $4,500.
Here are a few more prices to give you an idea of the approximate cost:
|Site A (2)||£1,680|
|Site A (3)||£3,360|
|Site C||£1k (used)|
Roulette wheel size
The standard size of a roulette wheel is 32 inches (80 cm). This is the size used by the vast majority of casinos.
Standard roulette wheels are quite heavy, too. They are usually made of high quality wood and typically weigh about 150 lbs (almost 70 kg).
As a casino dealer, I remember one time when we had to move a roulette wheel from one table to another; not sure what the exact weight was, but it was very heavy.
Roulette ball size
Roulette balls come in different sizes, but they are all quite small. Sizes range from 1/2 inch, to 5/8 inch, to 3/4 inch, to 7/8 inch.
Smaller roulette balls are lighter and therefore easier to spin (dealers make it look easy but I guarantee it’s not).
In the past, ivory was the most common material, whereas today the balls are usually made of acetal, delrin, or teflon plastic.
Note that roulette balls must be light enough so they can rotate around the inside track of the wheel — and heavy enough so they don’t bounce too many times when they fall on the number slots.
Cost of roulette accessories
A wheel and a table are not enough to play roulette.
Let’s have a look at the most common roulette accessories. Some can be bought for five dollars, while others could cost more than the table itself.
- Layout. This would be the cloth with all the numbers printed on it. If you purchase a roulette table, then there will be no need to buy a layout separately. But if you want just a professional roulette layout, expect to pay at least $100 for full-size ones.
- Roulette chips. I am referring to color chips, not cash chips, and yes, they are different. Color chips are usually quite cheap, especially if you buy large sets. If you’re not too concerned about quality and design, you could pay $0.20 per chip or less.
- Chipper machine. Probably the most expensive accessory. This is the machine that sorts all the roulette chips by color. It saves time to the dealer, which means more spins per hour, and more profit, which is why casinos are happy to buy these machines. Honestly, I have no idea how much they’d cost but I imagine they are very expensive.
- Displays. Typically, roulette tables in casinos have a display showing the last winning numbers, as well as hot and cold numbers. Again, quite expensive — $1,000 minimum — but almost all casinos have them.
- Money boxes. Let’s say a customer wants a hundred $5 chips, and gives the dealer $500 in notes. Where’s the money supposed to go? The answer is money boxes — heavy metallic containers that are inserted below the layout, usually not visible to the players. Prices vary and a single box should cost around $50 to $150.
- Dolly. For those who don’t know, this is the roulette marker. It’s called this way because its shape resembles a tiny doll. Markers are usually white or transparent (some casinos may order custom ones), and very cheap, about $5.
If you want to purchase a full professional roulette bundle (high quality table, wheel, and chips) expect to pay a minimum of $6,000. Unless you can find used ones.
Again, the price refers to the equipment used by actual casinos. You can buy smaller tables and wheels and pay half or less, but it wouldn’t be the same thing.
It’s also true that quality roulette tables last for a very, very long time, so for most casinos (or buyers in general) it would be a one-off investment.