Roulette or "little wheel" in French, is the oldest game in the modern casino. The history of roulette goes all the back to stories of wheel-based gambling games from ancient Rome and China. Roulette was invented in France in the 17th Century by mathematician, Blaise Pascal, who wanted a game which involved betting and where things landed. The word roulette is actually French for small wheel and that is basically what roulette is. The game was passed around Europe and flourished in Germany for a while until it was introduced to Monaco where it became a smash hit and the town of Monte Carlo sprung up. Roulette become the foundation upon which this empire was built and truly represents what is glamorous and opulent about the town. Different versions of roulette histor credit the French brothers Francois and Louis Blanc of building the first modern roulette game as we know it.
In 1842 Francois and Lois Blanc made roulette history when they built a single "0" roulette wheel for King Charles III of Monaco. The brothers recognized that adding the 0 gave the casino a "house edge" and prevented the game from being a losing proposition for any casino that gave it a home. The brothers had need selling the wheel in Germany, but Germany decided to ban gambling, and the brothers found themselves out of work.
King Charles was eager to alleviate financial woes in his kingdom and built a casino, and the roulette wheel designed by the Blanc brothers became a stable source of income for his beleaguered kingdom. Soon, the Roulette wheel became the symbol for Monte Carlo's posh casino culture, and still is associated with the old guard of traditional gambling in Europe. That is how Monte Carlo became so integral to Roulette History.
After a bit of a lull, it crossed the Atlantic and then became very popular in the United States during the time of the gold rush. With lots of spare cash floating around there was nothing better than using it for a game of chance. Americans keen to have some sort of input to the game added the double zero or 00 slot which is their contribution to Roulette History. As a result of the fascination for the game, roulette systems developed as did roulette strategy.
To this day, the "0" or French Roulette wheel is the game found in Europe, while the "00" or American Roulette wheel is the game found in Atlantic City and Las Vegas. Roulette is much more popular in Europe, both because of the cultural context of the game and because the European version has half the house advantage of the American version, which consequently offers a better chance of walking away a winner.
Since then the game has gone from strength to strength where it has become a staple of casinos. It was only a matter of time before the information age heralded the advancement of roulette online. Online Roulette is very popular making roulette one of the world's most love games.
In 2004, online roulette history was still being made at the Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas when London man Ashley Revell sold all of his possessions and placed a single bet on "Red." The value of his possessions totaled $135,300. The wheel stopped on red 7, and Mr. Revell walked away with $270,600 from a single bet.
Of course, if the reader was a keen student of online roulette history, he would know that he would be better suited going to Europe for such a wager, as European casinos have only one zero slot, and not two as the Americans do. If you would like to learn more you can read the rules, or play free online roulette until you feel ready to play in the online roulette casinos.
Dwight Adams - Journalist