History of Roulette - from 17th century to online casinos
One of the most popular casino games of all time, Roulette, is the embodiment of casino gambling. A mix of sophistication, elegance, skill (in betting) and sheer chance, it’s both sexy and exhilarating, meticulously sublime and yet wonderfully random.
The origins of roulette date back to 1655, when the French physicist, inventor and above all mathematician Blaise Pascal set out to show that he could build the perfect perpetual motion machine. Pascal failed in his attempts to elucidate the notion of perpetual motion in physical form but his experimental gamble was not without its upside for humanity. While his perpetual motion machine proved a flop, something equally as intriguing emerged, the game of chance we know today as roulette!
Roulette literally means “little wheel” in French, and Pascal’s attempt to produce a machine that never stopped moving brought to light instead a little wheel that effortlessly spins round and round until the forces of nature prevail and the little white ball that spins opposite finally comes to rest.
Roulette rapidly grew in popularity across Europe and remained largely unchanged for a hundred years or so, until Francois and Louis Blanc began to study it. As a casino game, early roulette was problematic because the odds were basically equal, meaning there was no house edge making it worthwhile to run the game. They quickly realized that they could increase the house edge by simply adding a zero to the wheel, ensuring roulette a place in casino history as a new, literal, money spinner.
Different version of Roulette
Roulette eventually made its way across the Atlantic to the U.S. where it again mutated slightly, with the addition of a double zero space, increasing even further the house edge and making the game a lucrative offering on river boat casinos running in the American south.
Today, this immensely popular specialty game is played in two common variations, European roulette
, and American roulette
. Easily accessible and hugely entertaining from the first spin of the wheel to the last, you can play both variants at Slots of Vegas casino today!
What's the difference between European and American Roulette?
But wait a minute, what’s the difference between European, and American roulette? Well, we’re glad you asked.
has the lowest house edge thanks to the addition of a single green zero. It is considered the most traditional form of roulette and can be found from the swank casinos of Monte Carlo in the Principality of Monaco and the south of France to Macau’s decadent gambling resorts in the far east, as well as right here online at Slots of Vegas
has both a single and double green zero at opposite ends of the wheel. This increases the betting options (although payouts remain the same) while at the same time slightly increases the house edge. This is the version of roulette most common in the U.S. and can be found in casinos from Las Vegas to Atlantic City as well as right here at Slots of Vegas.
Play this iconic casino game today and experience all the thrills and euphoria that make roulette, online or in the casino, the world’s most popular specialty casino game!