History of Roulette

Roulette is considered to be one of the most popular wagering games for both online and land based casinos.  Even though it is one of the oldest casino games, yet the people’s attraction for this game does not seem to have taken a dive but on the contrary more and more players are enjoying playing Roulette.  In order to understand how Roulette became so popular and an essential part of gambling, one must go through the history of roulette to explore its origin and propagation all over the globe.  However, there are many theories and evidences related to ancient civilizations as well as modern times that relate to this game.   In order to learn more about the history of roulette, let us go through some of the curious cases related to this subject.

Role of Ancient Chinese Civilization

Many historians believe that the game of Roulette goes back to ancient Chinese civilization when it was played in the form of a board game which required arranging thirty seven different animal figurines.  This game involved a spinning wheel made up of stone which had animal figures instead of numeric symbols.  The most interesting thing related with this theory is that the middle of the spinning wheel had number 666 written over it.  This is the same number which we get by adding up the total numbers on a modern roulette wheel!

It is alleged that Dominican monks changed the animal figurines of the Chinese game with numeric numbers and propagated the new version throughout the Europe.

Roulette’s Roman Connection

Not only Chinese but Romans were also spinning the roulette wheel even when they were marching on to create the mighty Roman Empire.  Instead of using a stone wheel and a board with animal symbols, they opted for a simpler version that involved a shield and an arrow, which seems to be quite convenient as per their situation.

The game was played by drawing certain symbols inside the shield and then an arrow was placed next to it with its head pointing at the shield.  The soldiers made wagers on those symbols which they thought would stop at the head of the arrow.  Shield was made to rotate and the person whose symbol stopped at the arrow’s head was declared the winner.

All the Credit Goes to French

As the word Roulette is derived from the French language, so majority of the historians give credit of its birth to France.  The word “Roulette” literally means a little wheel.  Though the credit of invention of the French roulette, which is now a part of the three types of modern roulette, goes to Blaise Pascal but there are some instances that relate this game to already existing game of that era called “Roly Poly”.

Both Roulette and Roly Poly share a similarity in the form of a spinning wheel for the outcome of their results.  Blaise Pascal being an inveterate gambler was quite privy to this knowledge and he used it while designing his roulette wheel!

Roulette Goes International

In 1842, when gambling was declared illegal in France two young entrepreneurs named Francois and Louis Blanc decided to provide their services to casinos operating in other countries.  They were hired by the owner of the famous Monte Carlo casino for their expertise in gambling. They not only made roulette a part of the gambling circles but also attributed some changes which made it more worthwhile for the casinos.

French refugees also helped in expansion of this game as they brought it to their adopted countries across the world especially in the Asian and African colonies under their rule.  It is also attributed that Roulette reached shores of United States via these immigrants.  The initial version which was adopted by American casinos was the French one which only had one zero on its roulette wheel.  As the casino operators wanted more advantage in their own favour so they decided to create an Americanized version of this game which had an added double zero.

Roulette in Today’s Modern World

Today Roulette and its variants are an integral part of the online and land based casino games.  With the availability of the online version, a new trend has been seen in the rising popularity of this game as lots and lots of people are now enjoying Roulette.  Even though Roulette is a game of pure chance and luck but there are many theories and strategies which can help a player to have a better edge.  The ancient Chinese and Greeks enjoyed the excitement related to this game and this is the right time that you should share it too.