Take a Risk in a Restaurant with Roulette

Roulette in restaurants - who’s paying?

We all make hundreds of decisions every day, including what to have for dinner, what show to watch, what to wear and other small decisions. Sometimes we make big pronouncements and resolutions too, such as if we should move countries or jobs, or what to name our children.

If you feel like you simply can’t decide, it might be time to introduce a little wheel-spinning action to do it for you. We all love the Wheel of Fortune-style games that are seen in land-based casinos, and you can find simulators online to help you make every call, from the minor to the very major.

You might not want to make this the only factor that contributes to what you choose, but it can add a little fun to proceedings and make you think a little more clearly. If the pointer shows a career that you have an instinctive negative reaction to then it is probably the wrong option for you, no matter why you’ve considered it in the past or for how long. Think of these wheels as tools to help you engage in your decision-making process!

A Decision Based on a Spin

Just how far can we take this idea? Increased gamification is seen everywhere and could be used to determine different things, not just your personal choices. Games of Roulette are popular in land-based and online casinos as a way to have fun and win money, but have you thought about using them for other things?

What about spinning the wheel and dropping the ball to decide on the price of every meal at a restaurant? With no fixed amount, you could end up paying next to nothing for steak or lobster, or a huge amount for a starter or a green salad.

This will add a different energy and level of excitement to any event, although some eateries may choose to have less wild price ranges or to have separate spins for each category, such as starters, mains and desserts. And of course, as with all gambling, you should be prepared to accept parting with your money for the costliest price and consider a win (or free meal) a pleasant surprise.

Credit Card Roulette is another format of this idea, where everyone at the table puts their cards into a billfold or container of some kind, and then the card that is drawn is the one that pays for the whole bill.

Another way of doing this is to have the waiter or waitress pull each card out separately, and have the last one drawn be the one that settles the bill. Even more suspense is added, as diners hold their breath with every new draw. The same rules about accepting the outcome if you have to pay and considering a dinner at no charge a windfall apply!

The Origins of Credit Card Roulette

The exact history and beginning of this game is not known, but we have definitely seen its popularity increase over the last 20 years or so. This could be because more people know about it now, or because as we move into tougher economic times there is a surge in both risk-taking behaviour and a desire to get out of paying to eat in a restaurant. Perhaps spinning the wheel to decide on the prices of the menu items would work for the same reason.

Food Roulette – Strictly for the Adventurous!

Providing further proof that the Little Wheel can be used to gamify and add fun to any occasion, this variation has also been a hit with diners. Strange combinations, very spicy or highly unusual dishes could be offered as segments on the wheel, along with sought-after delicacies.

In fact, performing all kinds of strange tasks by spinning a wheel could be a great party game or even a teambuilding exercise in corporations. When it comes to examples involving food and eating, the formula already seems pretty tried and trusted.

Restaurants who are keen to add something different to their dining experience should consider these ideas, and in the same way maybe you should when you’re planning your next party – as long as your guests are a fun-loving bunch, they’re sure to enjoy it!

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