Roulette is a very common gambling game that can be found in all casinos, whether online or on land. The variety of betting and gambling opportunities at roulette has helped make it one of the most popular and abundant forms of gambling available to gamblers.
The roulette is played by players to bet their money on the odds that a ball in a big wheel lands on a slot. There are 37 or 38 slots, depending on the version of roulette the bettor is playing. The slots are numbered 1 through 36 (with a zero or double zeros constituting the final slots) and are alternately colored red or black. Players who place a winning bet are given a 35 chance to win, and they get their original bet back. Bets can be made in various ways, on individual numbers, colors or combinations, ranges, odds or pairs.
Blaise Pascal invented the first roulette wheel. Pascal was a mathematician, and the invention has been attributed to his fascination with perpetual motion devices. Originally, the roulette wheel did not include the number 0, but it was added by the Blanc brothers (Louis and Francois) in 1842 to increase the odds of the house. Roulette quickly spread throughout Europe and North America.
Two wheels, two different continents
In the United States, American roulette was invented when the double zero was added to the wheel, sometimes replaced by the American eagle. Roulette was one of the first casino games, as it was Blanc himself who established the first casino in the famous tourist area of Monte Carlo. Roulette is also invariably tied to depicting the game as evil, as the sum of all the numbers on the roulette wheel (from 1 to 36) is the number from the Beast of Apocalypse story, 666.
Keep in mind, as you play, that it was a mathematician who invented roulette and that he knew that to make a profit, the house would have to take most of the money. It is known that another mathematician, perhaps more famous, denounced the game of roulette; Albert Einstein is quoted as saying: “You cannot beat a roulette table unless you steal money from it.” Which would be: “You can’t beat a roulette table unless money is stolen from you.” In Spanish.
Possibilities and reasons
Despite the naysayers, many players continue to hope that the odds are in their favor when it comes to the wheel. Many try variations on the Martingale Betting Strategy, in which a losing bet is doubled in the next round so that the original amount is recovered while the original bet is still won. This strategy can potentially lead to disastrous financial loss and vice versa.
Regardless of an individual’s chances of winning at roulette, there are always at least some payouts and the game has so many variations that it is a fun experience. As in any game of chance, the key to roulette is knowing when to draw the line and get up from the table.