Roulette History Overview
Roulette is one of the most interesting and highly popular casino games of chance. It is quite easy to play roulette game as the rules of roulette are not difficult, as well as the understanding of the idea of how to place bets can help players to gamble in land casinos or in online roulette.
The roulette history helps us to understand how this famous game was created. Roulette game originated in France in 18th century with the help of famous mathematician Blaise Pascal who tried to invent the special machine called the perpetual motion machine. He was experimenting and invented the form of roulette wheel that was constantly stopping after some time of spinning.
Roulette is the French name which means "little wheel". The game was highly popular in France and soon after its creation was played across the USA and Europe. The two main types of roulette game soon appeared called American roulette wheel and European roulette wheel with slightest but crucial differences influencing the outcomes and changing the roulette house edge.
In 1842 roulette was often played in the first Paris casino established by Francois and Luis Blanc. There is the legend that the men sold their soles to devil and he gave them the secrets of roulette. No weird the sum of all numbers of roulette wheel (from 1 to 36) is 666 in total.
History of roulette variations
European roulette (or Single Zero Roulette) is the type of roulette game played all over the world. It was the most popular game in England. The table layout was changing over the time and Roulette wheel with 36 numbered slots with only one zero slot became unchangeable. The numbers on European table is painted in black and red the same as wheel slots and players can place bets on particular number or string of numbers, on black or red color, or on even or odd.
The French roulette was highly popular in Europe and was brought to New Orleans, the gambling capital in the USA. Players loved the game and it became extremely famous. However American casinos were not very satisfied with the amount of winnings in roulette and thought of increasing their house edge. The made such changes:
- Additional slot in the wheel - "double zero";
- Picture of American Eagle instead of 000;
These differences comparing to Single Zero Roulette seems to be insignificant but in reality the casinos made a good profit from them.
This is the reason why European roulette is still the most popular roulette version.