Roulette is perhaps the most glamorous of casino games. It conjours up images of Monte Carlo, James Bond and movie stars being lucky and winning huge sums on a single spin of the wheel. Roulette’s exact origins are hard to come by but it is likely a wheel based game is almost as old as the invention of the wheel itself. There are stories that the game was invented in China and brought to Europe by traders who were trading in the Far East. We do know for sure that there were several early versions of a wheel and spinning ball invented in the 17th and 18th centuries in Europe.
The first game that we would recognize as modern roulette was introduced in Paris casinos around the end of the 18th century by Blaise Pascal. In 1842 two Frenchman named Francois and Louis Blanc invented the single zero game, by this time the Wheel and Table would be recognizable by today’s standards. However, at this time it was illegal in France and the brothers took the game to Homburg in Germany (Now Hamburg) and it became a huge success. News of Roulette’s success reached the Prince of Monaco who invited Louis Blanc and Roulette to set up a casino in Monte Carlo and this location still reflects the glamour a of Roulette today more any other location. In the early 1800’s Roulette reached the United States, however, in this version of the game they a double zero. Because of this, Roulette has never had the same appeal as it has in Europe, due to the lower odds of success. In online casinos you can play both games but the more popular one is of course, is European Roulette.