The History of Roulette


Roulette is known as one of the most popular casino games which is played all over the world. People are fond of it in Las Vegas and in many European countries.

Nowadays it easy to get pleasure of casino playing comfortably sitting at home. It s become possible due to online casinos. Roulette is popular online as much as in real casino. When in 1990's online casinos were introduced, it opened a wide scope for the game to be played. Players now could choose what to play - an American or European version of the game no matter where they were located.The rules of the game are very simple and understandable. Before starting to play roulette it can be useful to learn a few facts from its history.

Roulette has a really a long history. It is far from being all-American. The word roulette is of French origin and it means "little wheel". There is a popular theory according to which French mathematician Blaise Pascal was the person who created it in 1655. Pascal's most important work was the invention of probability. Of course I can be taken as fact, however, there some other theorists who doubt it.

The roulette game was very popular with the French aristocracy in the 18th century. The way it is being played at present is the same as it was in 1796 in Paris, France. A description of the roulette wheel can be found in a book published in 1801. The reference to roulette is found in the regulations for New France or Quebec. It was banned as well as with the games of dice, faro and hoca.

1843 was the year when two Frenchmen set up a single 0 style of roulette wheel game in Hamburg, Germany. This feature was considered to be unique and could compete with the traditional wheels of single and double zero house pockets that were common in the other casinos.

The game of roulette came to America in the 19th century. It got the great popularity during the gold rush. There are some differences between European and American versions of roulette. One of them is the layout of the wheel. Cheating was very common at that time and it in order to prevent cheating the wheel was placed on the top of the table. The other difference is some additional sections. The numbers from 1 to 28, a single and double zero and an American eagle were showcased in American roulette. When the ball landed on zeros or the eagle, then the banker swept everything off the table. Casino operators were unsatisfied with impressed with the low house edge and that is why they decided to include 0 and 00 sections, whilst in the European version there is 0.

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