Roulette is one of the most popular casino games in the world. It is easy to see why it popular – it is a relatively easy game to understand and there is an inherent level of excitement as the wheel spins around, the ball whizzes along, and you can quickly see whether you have won your fortune. In this article we take a look at the history of the game and give you a few key pointers on how to play roulette.
The word “roulette” roughly translates from French as meaning “little wheel” and the game was created in France in the 18th century – based on many similar types of wheel games that were already being played across Europe. Due to the popularity of roulette, it quickly spread across Europe and the United States during the 19th century.
At its most basic, roulette is a lucky numbers game with the winning number determined by a ball that randomly falls into a spinning wheel. The croupier spins the wheel in one direction and the ball spins in the opposite direction – once the ball loses momentum it falls into one of the numbered slots on the wheel. There are a range of betting options that players can choose – you can place your bet on a single number, a range of numbers, the colour red or the colour black, or whether the number will be odd or even. Bets are made by placing your casino chips on the desired result on the marked table next to the spinning wheel. Most casinos will have minimum betting levels. While there are slots marked for the numbers one to thirty six, the wheel also contains a zero which gives the house an advantage. Once the ball has been spun and the winning number has been identified, the croupier will place a dolly or marker on the winning number on the adjacent roulette table. This is a signal to all players that the croupier will now calculate all winning bets and collect any losing bets – usually this is done in quite a dramatic fashion using a rake to pull in all of the losing chips and deposit them in the croupier’s bank.
Roulette is a casino game that is designed to deliver a profit for the house. However some gamblers believe that they can beat the house by using a pattern of bets, trying to use past results to predict future results. Unfortunately there is no basis for this type of strategy as the results of the game are purely random and so while a player may enjoy some good fortune in the short term, ultimately the house will be the overall winner.
If you add up all the numbers on the roulette real (1-36), the sum total is 666 – the number of the beast. However if you are feeling lucky, then roulette could easily be the casino game of your choice. It is a fun, exciting game that everyone can enjoy.