Roulette: the Lure of the Wheel

Roulette is the oldest casino game in existence, dating back over 300 years. The first wheel was invented by the French mathematician and philosopher, Blaise Pascal. He is also credited with pioneering the mathematical field of probability. Created initially with the intention of testing Pascal’s numeric theories, the game quickly spread to schools and monasteries where it became a popular form of entertainment.

In 1842, the brothers Francois and Louis Blanc established the first casino in Paris, where it is said that in exchange for their souls, the devil shared with them the secret of winning at roulette. Of course we now know that there is no secret of winning at roulette, as it is entirely a game of chance. However, it is possible to employ certain tactics which maximize your potential for victory.

Roulette hit the United States sometime in the early 1800s. It didn’t take long before the house sought to increase its edge, and an extra slot (the double zero) was added. This extra slot upped the house advantage considerably, from 2.7% to 5.6%. This is why you should always play the `European Wheel` when given the choice.

In the US, roulette was immediately popular with those who made their living by relying on luck, patience, and superstition. Miners and gold speculators fully embraced the game and it became very popular in the United States, particularly in the West and during the historical Gold Rush period.

Why We Play

The game has a fundamental allure which has captivated both the Average Joe and the high-rolling elite for centuries. Perhaps it is the anticipation of seeing that ball cross the rotor and bump its way into your selected field. Roulette appeals to many because it is a game of chance, but also a game of patience and discipline. The goal is to maximize your good fortune and minimize your losses when things don’t go your way. In this it way it mirrors real life, and probably for this reason, it has remained one of the most popular gambling games of all time.
The tradition of roulette is long established and global. Perhaps it is the roulette wheel more than any other object which symbolizes the element of chance in gambling. Regarded by many as the original `wheel of fortune`, it is an integral part of every casino and you would be hard pressed to find one in which roulette was not present.

The diversity of roulette is also one of the game’s most attractive features. Whether you are conservative in your betting or you like to go for that long-shot with the juicy payout, the betting options make it a game in which anyone can play, regardless of their bankroll or betting habits. Straight bets, square bets, corner bets – the multiple options add mystery and intrigue to a game already built around suspense and hope. Furthermore, who wouldn’t love the prospect of making a $10 wager, watching the ball fall into your selected slot, and then walking away with a cool $350?