History of Roulette

If you visit a casino, you will of course expect to see a roulette wheel there. After all, these days, they are a hugely prominent part of any kind of gambling hall, to the extent that we mainly take them for granted. However, of course, roulette hasn’t been around forever, and every game has to start somewhere.

The transition to online roulette games has seen new engagement by both players and betting companies. Many betting companies offer different kinds of betting bonuses. The Casino bonuses at Casinohawks are a good example, but what about the history of the game itself?

The word itself means ‘little wheel’, and the whole concept dates back to France in the 18th century. Although this fact is often challenged, many believe that Blaise Pascal was the first person to invent an early version of the wheel, while aiming to create a perpetual motion machine. That may well be where the original idea came from, but the game of roulette itself is actually a hybrid of a 1720s gaming wheel and an Italian game called Biribi.

The game as you know it today can be dated back as far as 1796 to Paris. On early roulette wheels in Paris at this time, a red slot was used for a single zero, and a black for double zero. This was changed in the early 1800s, with green being used for the zero slots, in order to avoid confusion with any other numbers.

In 1843 came the invention of the typical European wheel, with no double zero slot. This was introduced in Germany, and the aim was to give players a better chance to win, to encourage them to play where these wheels were, as opposed to in other gambling houses. This became popular and, as you know today, was eventually adopted all over Europe as an alternative to the typical American wheel with the additional double zero.

All through the 19th century, gambling became more and more popular in Europe, with roulette being by far the most popular game in any gambling house. This is largely due to the ease at which the game can be played. In the 1860s, Germany banned gambling, which threw a spanner in the works for the major players in the industry. To avoid the ban, the Blanc family – huge casino owners of the time – moved to Monte Carlo, where they introduced a huge gambling house that people all over Europe flocked to go to. It was in fact here that the single zero wheel was firmly cemented as the wheel of choice for Europe.

In the US, for the start of the 20th century, there were only a few casinos, mostly in Las Vegas. Now, of course, there are hundreds of casinos worldwide, meaning that there is no longer any need to travel any distance to play the game.

Nonetheless, Las Vegas and Monte Carlo are still held in the hearts as many as kings of roulette, and the casinos are a huge tourist attraction here.

2016 brought the introduction of a triple zero casino in Las Vegas. Although only a handful of casinos have adopted this wheel into their selection, it will certainly be interesting to see whether it takes off in the future. After all, all games develop over time, and it seems likely that roulette will do the same.

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