As you enter a casino, you will most likely notice a crowd of people looking over a wheel, waiting in suspense for a little ball to stop. This game is called a roulette and it happens to be one of the most popular casino games ever invented. There are many theories as to how this game started. Some claim that it was the scientist Blaise Pascal who made the first roulette. Others say that this game originated in Tibet, while others state that this game definitely started in France. All these, though, are mere speculations.
During the early eighteenth century, a game known as RolyPoly, which features a spinning wheel and a ball appeared in England. There’s also a game called as Even Odd, that has a betting system similar to that used in modern roulette.
Roulette is a French word which means “small wheel”, and to this day, France is credited as the roulette’s true home even though this game’s early beginnings remains to be a mystery. Francois and Louis Blanc are the founders of Monte Carlo’s first casino, and they are also the ones who produced the standard European roulette wheel, which featured a single zero.
The Blanc brothers made an introduction of the roulette to gambling halls and casinos of France and Germany. However, gambling became forbidden in those countries and the Blancs decided to introduce the roulette to Monte Carlo. It was then that the Casino de Monte Carlo was built to cater to the aristocracy.
During the 1800s, the roulette was introduced to the United States. However, casino owners were unhappy that the European roulette only contained one zero. Thus, the American roulette was made, which featured the double zero modification, something that considerably increased the house edge. This is why many people choose to play the European roulette instead of the American roulette.
Ironically, it was actually in France that the double zero modification was invented. Roulette wheels with double zeros were just called American roulette because this roulette wheel was welcomed and accepted widely in the United States, as opposed to the fact that it’s less played in Europe.
When online casinos started sprouting up all over the Web during the 1990s, online roulette became popular as well. Thus, the roulette wheel, roulette table, roulette betting chart, as well as the roulette ball, were all replicated to create virtual roulettes online. The good thing about this is that you do not even have to go to a casino to play the roulette. You just have to log into a web site of an online casino and play, even if you’re just wearing pajamas, and are in your own home. You can do this anytime you want to, even in the wee hours of the morning.
Nowadays, if you want to play the roulette even when you’re on your way to another place, you can do so by playing mobile roulette. Truly, the roulette is a game that is garnering more popularity amongst people from different walks of life.