Roulette is a casino game where players place bets on different numbers on the table. Each player gets a set of special colored chips that have a specific value. They are used to mark the bets before the ball is spun.
The first type of bet is called a Straight Up, which is wagering on one specific number. You can also place bets on groups of numbers or odds and evens.
The origin of roullete is a little hazy, although it is believed to have originated in 17th-century France. It is thought that the game was invented by math wizard and genius Blaise Pascal as part of his attempts to create a perpetual motion machine. It was subsequently popularized by a French monk and then spread across Europe and to America.
While many theories exist, most point to Roulette as a variation of English games like Roly Poly or Even/Odd and Italian games such as Biribi or Hoca. Until around 1900, encyclopaedias described the 38 number version of roulette as “Italian Roulette” and a smaller wheel with 18 numbers as “Small Roulette.”
In fact, before it was ‘invented’ in France, the game had existed for centuries and was likely transmitted to the country by Dominican Monks. It was then adapted to its current form and became the most famous gambling game in Europe.