Roulette has long history, dating back to the 1600s, and many historians have varying thoughts about where it all began. While there are many theories about the game’s roots, the most widely accepted theory is that Roulette saw its beginnings in 1655, when Blaise Pascal invented the perpetual motion machine. The device was first used by monks to make monastery life more exciting. Soon, the game was discovered by Louis and Francois Blanc and brought to France, where it was restricted for play by only the upper echelon of society.
However, at the time, gambling was still illegal in France, so the two brothers brought Roulette to Germany where the game was an instant hit. It wasn’t until the 1840s that Roulette was brought back to France, as casinos in Monte Carlo and Paris picked up the game. Casinos were a popular tourist attraction in France, so it wasn’t long before people from other countries started to discover Roulette.
When the game was picked up overseas in the United States, casino operators were not satisfied with the initial design. They felt that having only one ‘0’ gave the casino a low house edge, so they introduced the ‘00’ pocket. The extra pocket increased the house edge and became the norm at American casinos and soon the 31-pocket version became known as ‘American Roulette’. At most online casinos, however, American and European versions will be available, and it is advised to always choose the ‘European’ option.
Today, Roulette is one of the most popular games in casinos around the world. You will never enter a casino and not find a Roulette wheel. While the game was previously reserved for wealthy players, modern Roulette has a diverse fanbase that continues to grow as more and more people discover the exciting nature of the game.