Roulette is one of the oldest and most popular casino games available today, which has roots dating back as far as the 18th century, and according to the history books the game was first developed in France.
A Brief History of Roulette
History tells us that the actual roulette wheel is believed to have been formed by the combination of a pre-existing French board game called Roulette, an English wheeled game known as Roly Poly, and two other popular games at the time called Ace of Hearts and Reiner. There have been very few alterations throughout the history of roulette. This popular game has remained unchanged for many decades.
The current form of the game available in most casinos around the world is the same version that has been played since 1796. There was a French novel written in the same period in time, which described the game and the layout of the table and the wheel.
The roulette wheels originally had single and double zeros that were red and black respectively. Green was then chosen to be the color for the zeros at the beginning of the 19th century as a better way of differentiating them from the other numbers.
It was several years later (in the mid-1800s) that a roulette wheel was introduced into casinos that had only one zero as opposed to the standard wheels with both single and double zeros. The two different roulette games have remained mostly unchanged since their inception and since the game was first played, it rapidly spread across Europe and then throughout the rest of the world, instantly becoming popular wherever it was introduced.
It is very rare to enter a casino these days and not find roulette as a permanent fixture. Players can choose from single zero roulette or double zero roulette. Players are more likely to find the double zero wheels in places like the Caribbean, the US, and South America. Single-wheel roulette games are more likely to be found elsewhere.
What’s in Store for Roulette?
In more recent years (towards the end of the 1990s), the game was developed for playing over the internet. Today, online roulette can be found at almost every online casino. There are even some websites that are dedicated entirely to roulette and the various roulette strategies (some more reliable than others). Hundreds of players, fans, and casino operators all try to cash in from the game.
Roulette has managed to connect with a younger generation of internet gamblers who can now play this exciting casino game from the comfort of their home and the game can even be accessed now by using a mobile device.
The history of roulette has so far been a colorful one and both European Roulette and American Roulette look set to enjoy equal success in the future, as their introduction to the virtual world has only increased the game’s popularity.