South Shore man reinvents the wheel with No Ball Roulette |

South Shore man reinvents the wheel with No Ball Roulette

Eben Waggoner / Tahoe Daily Tribune / Game designer Fernando Terminel's new twist on roulette is only one of his inventions that keep gaming interesting.

Fernando Terminel could be perceived as one big kid. The longtime South Shore resident has combined his motivation in life to invent games with his 29-year dealing career.

So with a company he started in 1997, Terminel – who runs Fair Trade Gaming Corp. – introduced No Ball Roulette. His eighth casino game, No Ball Roulette uses a standard deck of cards. It was spun out of an earlier version called Sure Hit. His games evolve much like the casino industry.

“I enjoy games, and I wanted to invent,” he said.

The concept developed out of a California field trip Terminel said he took last May in which he scoped out all the Indian gaming establishments with roulette tables. He hit 23 casinos throughout the state, discovering about a quarter of them run wheel roulette.

Terminel often uses a game distributor, Progressive Gaming of Las Vegas, but he’s also sold his licensing agreements direct to casinos. These agreements can range from $100 to $1,500 a month. In this case, he said he’s working on putting No Ball Roulette into Agua Caliente. He mentioned his game Field Goal was placed temporarily in Harrah’s in Mississippi.

Before becoming a dealer, he worked as an escrow officer in Los Angeles.

Terminel’s passion for inventions began early. At age 8, he said he attached two flashlights to his mother’s umbrella to create a lighted version she could use for walking on dark, stormy nights.

Later in life, he developed a board game called A-tension that resembles Life. Many Saturday nights in the Terminel households were spent testing the father and husband’s latest creations.

At Tahoe, he’d like to expand into his other concepts.

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