A History of the Game of Roulette
Roulette is one of the most famous and popular games in casinos. The history starts back in 1655 when Blaise Pascal, a French scientist invented the game. Ironically, the game itself started off as a physics project when he tried to create a type of perpetual motion machine, or a wheel that could spin forever. In French, this game actually means "small wheel". Roulette actually started off in monasteries before being introduced to the casinos. They used this game as a form of entertainment in the monastery and even in the casinos, it is one of the most entertaining games around.
The original French roulette wheel had the best odds since it used the single zero wheel. French roulette is pretty much the same as the famous European roulette because of the house edge. The trick is to always play on these wheels, which are generally found everywhere around the world. French roulette actually started in the French areas of new Orleans and made it's way towards the west.
The game became extremely likeable in the 1800s after this game was brought to the United States. It was a game based on pure luck rather than games of poker which required strategies and skills. The peak of its popularity could be found during the gold rush in mid 1800 America. There was so much fortune and gold during this period of times and many say that this greed lead to casinos introducing the American roulette game, or the double zero (00) table. Basically this increases the odds and profits for the casino at the expense of greater losses from the gold miners, whom held a lot of money in the form of gold. You also will not find this American wheel outside of the US very often.
A few notable legends were formed around this game. One story was told in 1842 about a few men named Francois and Luis Blanc who introduced the first casinos of Monte Carlo. It was told that they exchanged their souls to the devil in return for secrets of the game of roulette. It is ironic though because if you add up all of the numbers on a roulette wheel (1 through 36), they add up to the number "666", which turns out to be the number of the beast!
Realistically, this is not the most profitable game around and it does not have great odds against the casino like that of craps and blackjack games. It is still one of the most well know and easiest games to play though. Roulette is also a "social game" where many people gather around the table to place bets and interact with each other. Even though not much strategy is involved, people still use interesting systems which are talked about on the roulette betting systems page.