Roulette History

The roulette was invented in China. Brought to Europe by traders, who were trading with the Chinese.
Several early versions of a wheel and spinning ball were invented in the 17th and 18th centuries in Europe. The first games that we would recognize as modern roulette were introduced in Paris casinos around the end of the 18th century. This game contained all of the features that we have today with the one exception, the single zero was red while the double zero was black. This led to some confusion for players and the color green was introduced for the zero and double zero to alleviate the confusion.

In the mid 19th century the single zero game was invented in France, this reduced the casino’s edge thereby increasing the odds of the player. When gambling was outlawed in Germany the inventor of the single zero machine (Louis Blanc) accepted an invitation to go to Monaco to establish and operate a casino. The casino set the standards for roulette in Europe, and roulette remained exclusive to Monte Carlo until 1933. This led to the gambling and resort industry in Monaco as many of Europe’s rich were attracted to the luxurious Monte Carlo casino.

The use of the double zero roulette wheels survived in the United States and is sometimes called the “American Wheel”. The introduction of the single zero wheel (with better odds for the player) resulted in the demise of the double zero wheels in Europe and has become known as the “French Wheel” in roulette history.

Roulette table layout can be named the most easily recognizable symbol of gambling in the entire world. Roulette table contains some typical parts, which can be found on the every roulette set. The long roulette table, which the player usually sees in the large casinos, can accommodate between six and eight roulette players quite easily.

On the table there is a layout containing the numbers that you can bet on. As you’ll learn in the roulette bets section, when you bet on a number, you’re basically betting that when the wheel is spun and the ball finishes its bounce, that it will come to its final rest on the number that you’d bet on.

For American roulette, the layout will contain thirty-eight numbers including a zero and a double zero. For European roulette, which is also called French roulette, the roulette table layout will contain thirty-seven numbers including a single zero. The picture shows an outline of an American Roulette table layout. The side and the end of the table that has the thick gray border is the section that’s fully dedicated to the players. They stand there to place their bets and observe the proceedings and in most cases, especially on a hot casino night, it’s standing room only at the roulette tables.

The end of the table is the dealer or croupier domain and only he/she may enter there. From there, the croupier spins the wheel, and calls the numbers, and is basically in charge of the roulette table proceedings. Online casinos of course it’s a whole different matter. In the world of online roulette, all you really need to know how to do is to use your mouse to place bets. Try it for yourself by playing on our own free virtual roulette game. No real cash involved, it’s all for fun, so try it out. If you want to try it with an online casino be aware their are only certain US accepted casinos.

European roulette has thirty-seven numbered slots including one for the number zero, while the American roulette wheel has thirty-eight numbered slots including two for the number zero (0 and 00).