Online Roulette - A Brief History
The term "Roulette" is French and in essence it means "small wheel". While it may seem that because"Roulette" is a French word that the game itself comes from France, but this isn't necessarily correct. There are a number of differing theories ranging from the game originating in China, in addition to ancient Rome. Many who believe the game originated in China, think that Dominican Monks that were trading with the Chinese brought the game back to mainland Europe. The Roman theory is based on accounts that Romans would tip their chariot wheels and spin them as a form of amusement.
A slightly more popular theory is that the French scientist Blaise Pascal, credited with the probability theory, invented the roulette wheel. Apparently, it was the by-product of one of the many experiments.
Finally, in 1842, the French brothers Louis and Francois Blanc invented the roulette game we know today. They devised the"0" version used by most nations in the world. A legend about Francois Blanc, is that he sold his soul to the devil so as to get the secret of roulette. Conspiracy-theorists validate this narrative by the fact that all the numbers on a roulette wheel added up to"666".
though the Blanc brothers' game was a resounding victory, gaming was illegal in France so that it premiered in Hamburg instead. Gambling was finally banned in Germany also, however, but The Prince of Monaco invited Louis to run his Monte Carlo casino and reacquaint the people with the game of roulette.
When brought over to America, the "0" version of roulette has been abandoned in favour of this"00" version of roulette. Today, so as to distinguish between both of these variants, the "00" variant is known as the American Wheel whilst the"0" variant the European Wheel. The "00" version has 38 numbers whilst the "0" version only has 37 but, despite their differences, both are extremely popular the world over...