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The Roulette Game
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The Roulette Game

Roulette, which means ‘small wheel’ in the French language, is a very popular casino gambling game played all over the globe. The very first form of roulette was played in Paris, France in 1796. It is considered to be a fusion of the Hoca and Biribi- Italian board games, “Roulette" which was a French board game and the English wheel games Reiner, E.O., Roly-Poly and Ace of Hearts.

The most primitive form of this game was introduced by Blaise Pascal around the same time, while he was working to develop a ‘perpetual motion machine’. The game became popular and spread all across USA and Europe in the nineteenth century. Today, it is enjoyed all over the world and can be seen in almost every casino. There are also a number of convenient websites where roulette can be played online.

The game has very simple rules. The Roulette wheel has 37(in French/European roulette) or 38(in American roulette) pockets. These pockets are coloured alternatively in red and black and are numbered consecutively from 1 to 36/37. There’s a pocket numbered 0 and it is coloured in green. There is a second pocket coloured in green in the American Roulette only which is marked as 00 (double zero). The croupier, in order to determine the winning colour and number, spins the roulette wheel and introduces a small ball onto the wheel. The ball eventually lands in one of the pockets.

The players can bet in a number of ways. Like they can choose to bet on the colour red or black, a number or a series of numbers or whether the number turning up is odd or even. Roulette has a house edge (which is the money a player is expected to lose on every bet to the house, on an average) of 5.26% on an American table and of 2.70% for a European table. Today, the odds have to be either 34 to 1 or 35 to 1, as set by the law. According to this, if you bet $1, you get to keep your original $1 and in addition to this the house pays you $34 or $35 for a single number bet.