Similar to other current casino games, the beginning of roulette is as mysterious as the origin of slot machines. Although it is one of the oldest casino games, it is still unclear where the first game originated. Over the years, attempts have been made by many mathematicians, statisticians, and engineers to try and beat the game but have remained futile.
The word roulette comes from the French word, which means, “little wheel”. The most famous theory is that PASCAL de Blaise, a French mathematician, introduced the game in 1655. He also invented probability. This fact can be easily accepted, however, some other theoretical present other concepts as to their origin.
A theoretical concept is that the roulette traced its principles of the carnivals that wandered during the 1500’s. If the theory can then be proven the game originated 200 years ahead of his invention of Pascal. But, there is proof that the carnival games had little resemblance to modern roulette.
Another theory states that roulette traced its roots from China where monks who eventually traveled the world and therefore brought the game to Europe played roulette from the continent. The game had a slight difference in the way it is being played today, where the players were playing the game in a slightly different way to that of the modern-day version of roulette, by which the players arranged the statutes in a cube from “666.” It is quite interesting because when all the numbers out of a roulette wheel are summed to 666. If you accept the French principle of the game, something believes that PASCAL sold his soul to the devil in exchange for roulette.
Moving on, the evidence proves that the Tibet monks were playing roulette before their introduction to mainland Europe, improving the theory of the “666” box by placing the fence with the rim of the wheel.
In the 18th century, the roulette peaked in its popularity with the rights and aristocracies of France, especially with Prince Charles of Monaco. The first notable use of a roulette wheel was in 1796 located in the improvised gambling houses in central Paris.
The nineteenth century saw the arrival of roulette in America in the nineteenth century and became famous during the gold rush towards the middle of the 19th century. The layout of the wheel of the European roulette is significantly different from that of the American roulette. They did not impress casino operators in America with the low house advantage related to European variation. Therefore, they included a section 00 on the wheel. The American variation, therefore, had a section for 0 and 00 while the European version has only a 0.
The proliferation of online casinos during the latter part of the 90s created more avenues to play the game. Players can choose to use American or European roulette regardless of where they are located right in their own homes. Great rewards are also at stake for players and can benefit from having an edge against the house as a result.