Roulette is on the face of it a simple game of chance, bets are
made on the resting place of a ball spun in the opposite direction
to the rotatating roulette wheel. There are either 37 (European)
or 38 (American) possible positions the ball can land in, wagers
can be made on single numbers, various groups of numbers, black
or red infact in theory you could bet on every outcome but although
you would win you would end up out of pocket.
A brief history of Roulette
So where did it come from, like many games the origin of Roulette
is lost in the mists of time, its quite possible the game is almost
as old as the wheel itself. Some histories claim it originated in
the far east probably China mirating to Europe with trade and there
were certainly spinning wheel and ball games in Europe during the
17th and 18th centuries. Other stories tell of Roman sldiers using
a chariot wheel in a game of chance. The Earliest game we would
recognise as Roulette was probably played in the French casinos
towards the end of the 18th century, it had the 38 numbers but the
0 and 00 they were originally red and black later changing to green
to avoid confusion on the red and black bets. This version of Roulette
migrated to America in the early 1800s but the high house take 5.26%
was often increased by the casinos reducing the games popularity.
A major change took place when Francois and Louis Blanc, introduced
the very first single zero roulette wheel in 1842. The single ‘0’
wheel completely changed everything about the game, particularly
the House’s edge, which was now reduced from 5.26% to a 2.70%.
They originally set up in Germany and when gambling became illegal
there as it was in France they set up on Monaco thus were born the
famous casinos of Monte Carlo and it became the home of European
Roulette and the playground of the rich and famous.
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