The History of Roulette
Roulette is one of the oldest yet still one of the most popular table games in both land-based and online casinos around the world. It’s a game synonymous with popular casino entertainment and is enjoyed regularly by millions upon millions of casino patrons. From its rich history and interesting origins the game of roulette is both iconic and universally recognised and it’s a game that almost anyone can understand and play no matter what language they speak or what background they come from.
It’s an industry that’s worth millions and it can be freely played and accessed by just about everyone. The fact that we now live in a truly mobile age has meant that the game itself has had to evolve so that modern platforms and mobile-based devices such as smartphone and tablet technology has introduced a whole new generation to the classic game of casino roulette.
The earliest form of the game originated in France in the 18th Century but it was a century prior to this that French mathematician, physicist and inventor Blaise Pascal accidentally created the basis for the game we now know and love. In his efforts to develop and create a perpetual motion machine he came up with what would later be fully developed as a roulette wheel. As it evolved the numbered pockets were added including the green single zero pocket which is what is now traditionally recognised as the European roulette variation. Wheels that include the additional double zero pocket are more commonly associated with American roulette.
The game has evolved over the years and subtle new rules and other variations have been introduced to mix things up somewhat and offer players the opportunity to try their luck in a number of different ways. Some offer better odds and lead to higher potential payouts whilst other rules actually work against the player and lead to a higher house edge.
It’s the great range of bets that makes roulette stand out above other more straightforward table games and gives players the chance to pick various numbers, colours and ranges until theirs hearts content. For better odds of winning there are outside bets that include 50/50 chances such as red/black or odd/even. Whilst for those higher payouts betters can pick from the line-up of various inside bets that include betting on a particular set of numbers on the board or even placing your bet on just a single number.