As with almost all classic casino games, popularisation and the age of technological advancement has created numerous adaptations of traditional formats. Roulette is no exception to this rule, with concepts such as Mini Roulette having being developed to meet rising demand online.
A less commonly known variation of roulette is Bauernroulette, which originated in Germany and is referred to in popular culture as ‘poor mans’ roulette’. This is indicated by the fact that the German word ‘bauer’ translates into peasant or farmer, or more specifically ‘one of a chiefly European class of agricultural labourers’.
Introducing Bauernroulette: Concept and Rules
In Bauernroulette, a spinning top is spun in the middle of a wooden circular playing surface that contains up to six wooden balls. These spherical objects can bounce off the top in completely random directions, and in some instances they may land within one of the several hollow indentations featured along the surface. Alternatively, they can pass through a small hole into chambers that are located outside of the spinning surface area, and points are awarded when balls are landed within these hidden corridors. The skill lies in expertly spinning the top and manipulating the amount of time that it spends in motion.
While the outcome of the game depends to some degree on the element of chance, there is a definitive art to spinning the top and influencing where the wooden balls land. As each hollow and chamber has a specific value associated to it, players can target chosen areas and develop a strategy that optimises their chances of achieving success. Other rules are also worthy of consideration, as if the red ball lands in a hollow players can effectively double the amount of points that they are awarded. If a green ball achieves the same, points are subtracted from the cumulative sum obtained by the other five balls.
The Last Word
Winning points total are usually agreed before each game (usually 1000), and the player who reaches this sum first claims any predetermined prize. The game remains extremely popular throughout central and Eastern Europe, as while it differs significantly from traditional roulette it remains a similarly delicate balance between skill and chance and demands a great deal from even experienced players.