In roulette, particularly in the game’s more formal or high-stakes settings, a “ficheur” is a device used to organize and dispense the different-colored chips that are unique to the game. In traditional roulette, each player receives chips of a specific color, different from those of other players, to avoid confusion on the betting table. Each color represents a certain value, and the ficheur is used to manage these chips efficiently.
The ficheur is typically used in games with a croupier or dealer, such as in a casino. It’s a practical tool for the croupier to keep track of each player’s bets and to ensure the correct payout for winning bets. In automated or electronic roulette versions, the role of the ficheur might be integrated into the gaming software or machine.