Roulette – the ‘little wheel’
Not very many people who enjoy the game of roulette actually know that it means ‘the little wheel’. Roulette is believed to have been invented in France in the late 1600’s by a mathematics and physics scientist. Over time, the game has evolved to become a worldwide phenomenon that is played both in the land-based and online casinos. Today, it has become an iconic symbol for the casino industry.
Roulette is a wheel that is divided into 36 slices, all which have alternating red and black colours. There is also an additional zero in American roulette, which differs from European roulette. The wheel is set in motion and a ball is placed on top which rolls in the opposite direction. When the wheel comes to a stop, the ball will land on a particular slice which indicates the winning colour and number. The players are supposed to bet on a set of numbers and colours. There are a number of strategies that can be utilized while playing, click here to read more about them.
Though the rules are the same, there are some slight differences between the European and American roulette which is discussed below.
It is also commonly known as French roulette. The originators wanted to have a game with low stakes for the customers so they introduced a zero digit on the green slices. It is known as the house number because anytime the ball lands on this digit, the house wins.
In addition to the zero, the Americans introduced an additional double digit zero (00) which ups the stakes of the house. If the ball lands on the single zero or the double zero, the house always wins. Therefore, the chances for the house winning in the American roulette are higher compared to the European roulette.