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Roulette’s origins date back to 18th century France when Blaise Pascal, a French mathematician, physicist searched for a perpetual motion mechnism. It is believed that Roulette is a combination of several different wheel games like the English Roly-Poly, Reiner and Ace of Hearts with “Roulette”, an already existing board game in France with that title.
Roulette games have been popular since their inception, attracting such players as the European Elite. Due to its exciting, mysterious and romantic nature, Roulette has also been a popular game to depict on film, finding its way into hit movies such as Casablanca, Mission Impossible and Run, Lola, Run.
The initial board used in casinos worldwide consisted of red and black squares numbered 1-36, and included both a 0, in red, and 00 in black. Due to confusion the boards were revamped and the red and black 0 and 00 were eliminated, leaving one 0, situated in a green square. Casinos all over the world moved to the new table style, which became the norm everywhere, with the exception of the United States, where the original board still prevails. Players who wish to play online Roulette games offered in casinos today have a choice of American Roulette or European Roulette, with the main difference in play being the extra 0 found on the American board.
A game of chance and luck, the rules for roulette are relatively simple. Players must decide what number, color or group they wish to bet on and place their chip(s) accordingly. Once all bets are placed, the croupier will then spin a wheel covered in numbers matching those on the table, and while spinning, drop and small ball onto the wheel. When the wheel comes to a rest, the color or number matching the slot the ball has rested in is declared the winner and the croupier will divvy up payouts accordingly. Bets can be placed in a number of ways: players may pick an individual number or group of numbers, a color (either red or black), or place a bet on either evens or odds. The rules for online roulette do not vary from the live casino version; however, players do have the opportunity to pick the version of roulette they prefer.