Many people don’t know that Roulette History has its roots dating back to one of the most famous mathematical geniuses in history – the Frenchman Blaise Pascal in the 1700s. There’s not exactly a journal stating that he specifically created this game of chance, but in general he is given credit for constructing the original version.
The word Roulette actually translates to “small wheel”, appropriate since it’s played with numbered slots on a wheel, using a marble which the Croupier tosses on to the wheel as it is spinning. Whichever slot the marble lands in, indicates the winning number.
The Next Chapter in the Story
The game instantly became a very popular game of chance. Enhancements began when two French brothers named Blanc made a few modifications to the game giving the gambling house a little higher probability of winning the stakes – this change was done by adding the zero to the wheel.
With new laws in the late 1800s, an edict stated that the game of Roulette was illegal. But why would such a popular game be banned? Did one of the members of the Royal family lose? Possibly, but the story is that this became known as the “Devil’s Wheel” because when all the numbers on the circle were added together, the total was 666, the historical number for the sign of the devil, so the game was temporarily forbidden.
And Then the Story Goes On
Because these two French brothers were profiting from the game, they took their wheel to Germany and opened the Monte Carlo Casino. The game became every bit as popular in German as it ever was in France, and the Monte Carlo Casinos are every bit as popular today as it was 200 years ago.
It Is Brought to America
The Roulette History continues; about the same time the brothers were introducing Germany to this game of chance, the game was launched in the US. The main difference between these two versions is that the American game took the European version with one zero, and added dual zeros as a means to further augment the house odds. It was every bit as fashionable in the United States as it was in Europe, and has remained one of the most popular casino games throughout the country.
The Latest Chapter
With escalating popularity of the Internet, and enhancements in gaming features, new software has been created for online playing. Since Roulette is one of the most popular casino games, it’s certainly predictable that it would be equally popular online, and that predication has proven accurate. players can select their preferred version, either the European or American version. Betting and playing is done much the same way with a graphical representation of the Roulette Wheel, the marble, and the Croupier. It’s every bit as fun as the real casino game, except that players get to participate from the comfort of their own home.
And the Future Chapter
No one quite knows yet how the next chapter of Roulette History will evolve; however, it’s certain that whatever the media on which it is played, it will be as popular then as now.