Roulette is a classic among casino games. It was the first proper machine invented and developed to allow people the pleasure and fun associated with gambling, after dice and cards. There was an element of mysticism and transgression associated with it; the sum of the 36 numbers of roulette (from 1 to 36) equals 666.
By the late eighteenth century, the game was well established in main French cities, from where it spread to Louisana, a US territory from 1803 onwards. Later it became a favorite in casinos both in Europe and in the United States. After the development of the internet, online casinos sought to bring to their platforms the charm, tradition and excitement of the game.
How To Play
Several players gather around the roulette table and place their bets in the table itself, which has the numbers and the several combinations in which it is possible to bet. Once everyone has made their bets or the time is up, the ‘croupier’ closes the bets (with the famous sentence ‘rien ne va plus’), spins the wheel, and throws the ball to it. The number in which the ball will stop will determine the wins.
Players could go for conservative bets, the ones with bigger odds of a win but, correspondently, smaller prizes. These are the 50/50 bets:
There other bets with bigger prizes and fewer chances of success, like:
- Dozen (the ball stops between numbers 1 to 12, 13 to 24 or 25 to 36)
- Column (in which of the three columns of numbers)
The riskiest bets, hence the ones with the bigger prizes, are to try to guess in which of the 36 numbers the ball will end up.
Playing Online Roulette
Online roulette is no different from playing in a brick-and-mortar house. You can even find the French and American variants, with one or two zero spots (that give the house’s advantage). Some online casinos offer live roulette, with live video transmission, a human croupier, and a physical roulette table.