Gameplay on 100 to 1 Bagatelle starts off the same as standard roulette, with all of the usual betting options on the numbers 0 through to 36. What you may notice however is that the maximum stake has been reduced to £4.80 per number, this is due to the maximum win been £500 as per usual FOBT rules.
There are various betting options, including neighbours, perfect bet, splits, corners, streets and straight-up betting. There are no outside betting options.
Once you are happy with all of your bets, press the bet button to launch the ball. This launches to the top and bounces slowly down through a series of pins until it comes to rest in one of the roulette positions. If it misses your number then it is game over, and a new game starts. If it has landed in one of your numbers then part two of 100 to 1 Bagatelle begins.
This part of the game determines the odds you are going to be paid for your winning bet. A further 50 balls are launched rapidly, then fall down to the roulette numbers at the bottom. Your prize odds are then determined by the number of balls that fall in to your winning number.
Zero balls pays 70/1, one ball pays 15/1, two balls pays 20/1, three balls pay 30/1, four balls pay 50/1 and five balls pay 100/1.
Ideally you want no balls or all five, however the most likely scenario is one or two balls for 15/1 and 20/1 respectfully.
As you may have gathered, 100 to 1 Bagatelle is far slower to play than most (all) other versions of roulette. This isn’t a bad thing however as the game is entertaining and it is difficult to predict where the balls will end up until near the end of their journey, which in my opinion makes it more enjoyable than knowing the outcome of your bet the moment you press start like on many standard versions of FOBT roulette.
The minimum stake per number is 20p, with a maximum of £4.80. The minimum cost per game is £1, up to £100 although any bets above £50 must be authorised at the counter.
No winnings are paid in the first half of the game, any winning bet is carried over with the 50 balls determining the odds you are going to be paid. Your winning stake is also returned, hence why the maximum per number is £4.80, and the reason no outside bets are available.