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The Past, Present and Future of Roulette

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Roulette is one of the most popular games in the casino. It is easy to learn but hard to master, both simple yet devilishly complex at the same time. While there are different theories on its origins, it can be agreed upon that the game is not a modern concept and has been around for hundreds of years. Below, we discuss the fascinating history of roulette and how it came to be so loved. 

Early Origins

If you want to learn how to play roulette, it is now easier than ever with online offerings. Sites like this have a range of games for everyone, from easy versions to help you get used to the rules, to more complex ones with side bets for professionals. There is something for all skill levels. Yet it has not always been like this and roulette has its roots in much less digitally advanced places. 

While some argue it was invented in ancient China, many believe roulette came from the French physicist Blaise Pascal in the 17th century. To build a perpetual motion machine, he devised a precursor to the roulette wheel we know today. 

The Roulette Wheel

The biggest changes to this came when the modern roulette wheel was invented. This resulted from a design by Francois and Lois Blanc, who in 1842 were asked to bring it to Monaco by King Charles III. At that point, his empire was in financial straits and the idea was to build a casino that would attract people to the principality, buoying the coffers. 

Roulette was the star attraction, and it seemed that it would take off, as France outlawed gambling at the same time. However, poor marketing and a lack of infrastructure meant roulette was not the golden ticket they had hoped it would be.

Moving to America

An addition of a zero would cause the next big change in the roulette wheel. When the game travelled to the US, taken by European settlers, it caused controversy. Many saloon owners and gambling house proprietors did not believe the game had enough of a house edge. To compensate, they added a second zero section, known as the 00. This changed the probability, tipping it in favour of the house. Today, this remains the main difference between European versions of the game and American. 

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Variations on a Theme

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Since then, roulette has remained unchanged. However, there have been small variations, adding to the rules and bet types. Many of these have become extremely popular through the ease and availability of with which online games can be played. 

One of the most curious variations is that of California Roulette. As some games, including roulette, cannot be played there, the game has adapted. Instead of using a ball, the wheel has thirty-eight cards that represent each section on the American roulette wheel. Players have the same betting options, including red or black, high, or low, and more. They place bets, the wheel spins, and a pointer then lands on the card, which shows a number or a colour. Payouts are then handed out. 

Where roulette will go next remains to be seen. As a game that has changed little in such a long time, it seems like technology may be the only way to move it on.
 

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