Roulette: History, How to Play & more


Roulette

Roulette is a casino game of pure chance which is one of the most popular European gambling games. Roulette involves a spinning wheel with special numbered pockets, a ball thrown into the wheel and a betting table on which chips are placed. Depending in which pocket the ball lands, the player can be payed out between 1:1 and 35:1 on their bets.

Roulette became popular in France in the 1700's and 1800's especially in the luxurious gambling parlors of Monte Carlo. The rulers of the time reinstated gambling in Monte Carlo in order to relieve economic pressure and the game became the greatest hit amongst the nobility and aristocracy from all around Europe who used to visit Monte Carlo.

Roulette made its way to the shores of the United States in the early 1900's but was not met with as much enthusiasm as it experienced in European casinos. One of the major differences was the fact that American roulette wheels had an extra slot, numbered 00, which altered the house from 2.7% to 5.26% - a big difference for one little slot.

The Roulette Wheel

American Roulette Wheel   European Roulette Wheel
     
American Roulette Wheel   European Roulette Wheel