Roulette is a gambling game. ‘Roulette’ is a French word and it translates to “little wheel” in the English language. This game is about dropping a small ball known as the ‘roulette ball’ or ‘pill’ on a spinning wheel. The wheel comprises numerous/numbered compartments.
While the wheel is in motion, the players involved in the game, have to bet on those numbers in compartments. The players place their bets according to their respective predictions of the number where the ball will eventually rest. Whoever bets on the right number wins the game.
Following is some more interesting information about the game:
- The croupier or dealer, starts the game by spinning the wheel in one direction, then they spin the ‘pill’ in the opposite direction on the wheel’s circular track situated on its outer edge.
- The French or European style roulette wheel comprises 37 coloured and numbered pockets. The American style roulette (wheel) has 38 such pockets. This is because the French style wheel comes with one zero, while the American version has two zeroes.
- The ball spinning on the wheel finally loses momentum while passing through the deflectors on the wheel. It eventually rests on one of the 37 or 38 pockets of the wheel.
- Lastly, the players with successful bets receive the winnings of the game.
Do You Know The History Of Roulette?
The origin of this game dates back to the 18th century in France. However, many renowned historians across the world believe that the French mathematician ‘Blaise Pascal’ was the one to introduce the earliest form of this game somewhere in the 17th century. According to the findings of these historians, Pascal invented this game as a part of his experiment about the perpetual motion machine.
Here’s Some More Info On The Game!
- According to historians, the primitive balls used in the game of roulette were made of wood or ivory.
- Modern day pills are made from substances like acetal, nylon, Teflon, phenolic, etc.
- These balls come in various sizes including 1/2 inch, 3/4 inch, 3/8 inch, 5/8 inch and 7/16 inch.
- Two noted Frenchmen, entrepreneur ‘Francois Blanc’ and renowned politician/historian ‘Louis Blanc’ introduced the single (one) zero style roulette wheel in 1843.
- Players can choose out of a variety of betting options while playing the game.
- In 2004, California in United States, introduced and legalized a new kind this game. It was the ‘California Roulette’.
- In California roulette, the wheel uses cards instead of numbered slots, to determine the winning number.