Roulette is one of the casino games that require no experience, skills or a certain strategy. In fact, the success in this particular gaming activity is based exclusively on luck. It is one of the most popular and exciting gambling adventures, enjoyed by millions of players from all over the world and one of the biggest profit generators for all global casinos.
The world famous odds game originates from France, as does its name – which translates into English as “small wheel”. The initial version was created by Blaise Pascal in the 17th century, when a combination of several English and Italian games gave birth to the roulette wheel, as we know it. Its current version has been played since 1796 – the year it started its existence in Paris. Afterwards, in 1860 the German government outlawed gambling and the Blancs, who introduced the single 0 version, were forced to move to Monte Carlo. The roulette than began to flourish and has expanded to Europe and the United States of America in the 19th century and later conquered the world.
The roulette consists of a wheel, which is located on a table and has 37 (or 38 in the American version) colored pockets. The pockets represent 36 black or red-colored numbers and a green-colored zero number (and double-zero in the American roulette), which is called the house edge. The house edge is basically the advantage of the casino against the player in terms of odds or the sum lost by the player for every placed bet. The American layout is the more popular one and it is used by casinos all over the world, whereas the French layout is mostly used in Monte Carlo. The game unfolds in the following manner: the dealer spins the wheel in one direction and a ball in the opposite direction, the ball eventually falling into one of the pockets, determining the winning number or color. Bets are placed before the ball is launched into action and they can be placed on a winning number or group of numbers, the winning color or various other combinations. There are numerous types of bets available such as inside bets: straight, split, street, corner, six line, trio, top line and basket, and outside bets, including red or black, even or odd, 1 to 18, 19 to 36, column, dozen and snake bets.
Also known as the “King of Casino Games”, the roulette offers the ultimate gambling rush – a mixture of excitement, drive, suspense and the sought-by-all winning sensation.