The history of roulette revisited

Roulette is easily one of the most recognised and popular games on the casino floor. Despite the fact that the barrier to entry is so low in terms of skill and understanding, it has a way captivating gamers, providing hours of excitement. So much so that I find myself playing live roulette online, as well as in casinos. Here is a brief history of the game!

Roulette has been a well-known casino floor game for over 100 years. With its origins in France (roulette translating to “small wheel”) it is believed that the game was a fusion of different popular gambling games in the 17th and 18th century.

By the mid-18th Century, Roulette had gained popularity in Monte Carlo, a place which is now internationally known as the home of the game. At this time, the game was slightly different to how we would see it now; a Roulette wheel had 2 dealer slots (0 and 00) whereby if the ball landed in these slots the house would win, pocketing all bets. It was actually in 1843 that one of the original two “dealer slots” were removed, in accordance to a modernised version famously created by Francois and Louis Blanc. This gave better odds to punters, which meant its popularity increased and was widely adopted all around the world.

Since then, the most popular version of Roulette (as we know it now) has been played, although you still may across some variations which have come about since. In 1886 in the USA, a new kind of tables roulette tables became popular which had numbers only going up to 28 but with 2 dealer slots.

By the 19th Century, both versions of Roulette had gained popularity all over Europe and the U.S.A., earning its status as one of the most famous and most popular casino games. When the German government abolished gambling in the 1860s, the last legal remaining casino operation in mainland Europe existed only at Monte Carlo, which became renowned as a gambling “mecca” for the elite of Europe.

As the game and evolved so did the methods of cheating it. During the 1900s in the American version of the game, the spinning wheel was actually moved out of reach (in most cases) from punters, meaning they could in no way manipulate the wheel. The betting layout was also simplified further to make gambling easier and the transfer of payment quicker.

As a result, the world now has two forms of popular games and you can even find them online with live Roulette games: the traditional, stylish, classic game that can be found in Monte Carlo, and the hi-speed, action packed (and simplified) American version of the game which you will find in most casinos in Las Vegas.

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