Of all the games that you can play in casinos, roulette game is deemed to be the most popular of all games. This game is popular as it does not require any particular skill level or mental energy to just play the game. Due to the fact that the rules are uncomplicated, even a beginner can play this game in the casino. It should be kept in mind however that there are different online roulette variations that are available.
A French mathematician Blaise Pascal invented the game. He had an obsession with moving devices and this gave him the inspiration to invent the game way back in the seventeenth century in France. It was only in 1842 that the number zero was added to the game by two other Frenchmen names Louis Blanc and Francois Blanc. The zero was added so that the house odds could be increased.
By the early eighteen hundreds, the game had expanded to America and it was at this stage that the double zero was introduced into the game. Again, it was implemented in order to increase the house odds. Interestingly, the earlier versions of the game had an American eagle in place of the double zeros.
It was at this time that the game spread like wildfire all over America and Europe and it became very popular. Roulette was often referred to as the King of games in the casino and it is believed that this was due to the link the game had with Monte Carlo. After all, Francois Blanc established the game at this popular gambling haven.
A legend has been told that Blaise Pascal cut a deal with Satan to obtain the secrets of the game. Rumor has it that if you combine all the numbers from 1-66 it would total 666 and this is known to be a number of the beast, which represents Satan. Not much more information is available on this subject.
You are able to play two versions of the game, one is European Roulette and the other is American. The important difference between the two versions revolves around the zero and double zero on the wheel. American Roulette has the zero and double zero and this increases the house advantage to about 5.3%.
In the European version, there is only one zero and the house odds are therefore only 2.7%. In the American version, non-value chips are used. Non-value chips means that chips that are possessed by other players have the same value which is determined at the time of purchasing the chips. In the European version, standard casino chips are used and they have different values.
European tables are bigger than their American counterparts. Croupiers use a long rake type tool to collect and dispatch losses and winnings. In the American version, this process is dealt with by hand.