History of Roulette

Roulette can be traced back to France in 1655. The person responsible for inventing the roulette wheel is mathematician Blaise Pascal. He is well regarding in the mathematics field and contributed to Roulette history in 1655. He tried to create a perpetual motion device and the Roulette wheel was created as a result.

For nearly two hundred years, the Roulette wheel remained unchanged. In 1842, two Frenchmen named Francois and Louis Blanc added a ‘0’ to the numbers of the Roulette wheel. There were 37 numbers ranging from ‘0’ to ‘36’ – the addition of the ‘0’ basically was introduced to increase the house’s odds of winning.

The legend has it that Francois Blanc struck a deal with the devil himself in exchange for the secrets of Roulette. This tale is based on the fact that if you add up all numbers of the Roulette wheel, you will get a grand total of ‘666’ which is the number of the beast.

During this time, the addition of the ‘0’ to the Roulette wheel was illegal in France. However, this did not stop Roulette gaining popularity across Europe. Francois Blanc himself founded the first casinos in Monte Carlo – Roulette became the game of choice as a result. During the 19th century, Roulette was brought into North America. A ‘00’ was introduced which made the wheel have an even 38 slots.

There are a few famous Roulette players that have made history. In 1873, Joseph Jagger recorded outcomes of Roulette wheels in a Monte Carlo casino and won $450,000 before being caught. In 1891, Charles Wells won over 2 million francs which was an obscene amount of money in those days.

There are many Roulette strategies but the game is over three hundred and fifty years old. The game’s popularity is not great in North America but is the game of choice in Europe, especially in France and Germany.

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