Roulette is a game of chance that has fascinated gamblers since it first emerged. The game is named after the French word, which means ‘little wheel’. Blaise Pascal, a French scientist who invented the roulette device, is said to be fascinated by the device of perpetual motion. The first version of roulette was seen in the 17th century.
This game became very popular in Paris and in 1842, wanting to have a better house advantage, Francois and Louis Blanc invented the roulette wheel with a single ‘0’.
In that time period, France declared gambling illegal, so the game was introduced in Germany, where from the start it attracted people. The game was brought back to France for Charles III, Prince of Monaco and so came the resort of Monte Carlo, a luxurious and famous place, known the world over.
During the California Gold Rush, roulette rose to prominence in the US where it was played in the double ’00’ version.
Roulette can be played in several versions and the most popular is European and American roulette. The game is actually an easy casino game, and the odds are only good luck. A croupier throws the ball at the wheel in the direction opposite the rotating wheel. Player bets that the ball will land in the colored wheel pocket and are numbered from 1-37 in European Roulette and from 1 to 38 in American Roulette.
Roulette holds a variety of bets that are available to players. These bets are divided into two types, ‘inside bets’ and ‘outside bets’. Deep bets refer to the pocket number where the player bets that the ball will land. These are Straight Bet, Split Bet, Street Bet, Field Bet and Line Bet.
Outside betting refers to the various groupings of pocket positions, pocket colors, or whether it is odd or even where the ball will land. Based on each bet probability, this bet has different payout odds which are usually posted for each game of roulette. Outside bets are Column Bets, Dozens Bets and Even Money Bets.
Inside bets have higher odds and outside bets have lower odds. Higher odds bet (35 to 1) Straight Bet – a player betting that the ball will land on a specific bet. Even Money is the lowest odds bet (1 to 1) – a player makes a bet that the ball will land on one of 18 numbers.
The wheels in European Roulette are numbered 1 through 36 plus a ‘0’, so you have 37 numbered pockets. This is a roulette version that offers its players better odds, having a house advantage of only 2.7%.
This version of the game has 1 trough that equals 36 numbers plus a pocket ‘0’ and a double ’00’. The house advantage for this version is 5.26%. Since roulette is just a simple game of chance, you won’t be able to find a real strategy or system that can help you win. The most rampant and also relevant advice you will find about the best style of playing roulette is to always avoid the American Roulette Wheel. You would always be advised to always look for European Roulette games, as they offer the best rules and odds for players against the house.
The French wheel consists of slots numbered from 0 to 36 and has three types of bets. Inside bets, outside bets and call bets. Inside bets include the Single Number Bets, Split or Double Bets, Consecutive Three or Street Bets, Quad or Square Box Bets and Six or Lines Box Bets. Outside bets are formed from Column Bets, Dozens Bets and Even Money Bets. Call bets include Les Voisins Du Zero Bets, Tiers Du Cylindre Bets, Les Orphelins Bets and the Finales Bets series. A special aspect of this roulette variation is the La section rule, which is a rule that offers you the option of losing only half of your Even-Money bet amount if the ball lands on Zero in an Even Money Bet.