Roulette - The "King Of The Casino"
Roulette is one of the most exciting and sophisticated games in the casino. Most of the gambling scenes captured in films usually feature the roulette table. It just goes to show how glamorous this game is. There is little strategy involved, and roulette does not really take a lot to play. It's just a matter of placing your bets on the right spot and off you go!
Roulette originated in France during the 17th century. As a matter of fact, it was the famous French mathematician Blaise Pascal who developed the first roulette wheel. Later on it was improved to include zero (increasing the odds for the house). When it was introduced in America, the double zero was eventually added to further increase the house odds. It rapidly gained popularity and at some point was considered the "King of the Casino", which is still true, after all these years. There is a tale about someone who made a deal with the devil to acquire the secrets of roulette. The tale was based on the fact that if you sum up all the numbers on the wheel from 1 to 36 the result is '666', the number of the evil one, Lucifer.
Roulette has two types of wheels: American and European. American Roulette adds a double zero to the single zero that European roulette uses. The distinction lies in the fact that the American version gives operators a larger advantage over the players; you stand to lose more by playing the American version. Nevertheless, people keep playing.
"Roulette", in French, means "Small Wheel". Roulette has 38 slots (including the zero and double zero). Eighteen slots are colored red, while eighteen are colored black - the same applies for odd and even. Zero and double zero are colored green.
The one who moderates the game is called the 'croupier', and once every player has placed their bets, the croupier spins a white ball in the opposite direction of the turning roulette wheel. Eventually, when the ball stops spinning, and rests in any of the slots, the croupier will announce the winning number, and distribute the prizes. All side/outside bets lose to the single-or-double zero.
You may place as many bets as you desire on one spin. Types of bets include straight bets (when you bet on a single number), split bet (on two adjacent numbers), street bet (three numbers located on a horizontal line), corner bet (on a block of four numbers), line bet (on six numbers in two adjacent rows), column bet (on any of the three vertical columns), dozen bet (on twelve numbers) and even bet (on either even/odd or red/black numbers).