The History Of Roulette
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After you've tried your hand at our latest twist on the legendary wheel, why not learn a little more about the history of Roulette…
The most widely accepted theory is that the inventor of the Roulette wheel was Blaise Pascal in 1655, a French physicist, inventor and mathematician. The account is that the wheel was born out of an attempt to invent a perpetual motion machine. Pascal may have failed to defy the odds by creating one of those, but instead succeeded in designing an entirely different game of odds with what would become the most popular online casino games of all time.
However, there is another theory as to the origin of the Roulette game; a word-of-mouth tale tells of an anonymous French monk inventing the Roulette wheel to cure the monotony of the minimalistic monastery life – and the exciting game certainly did just that!
The earliest documented use of the of the word ‘Roulette' is found in the English Act 18 Geo. II in 1945 stating "no place shall be kept for the playing of the said game of Roulet or Roly-poly". In 1758, the word was mentioned in regulations for the new country of "New France", or Canada, outlawing the playing of a game known as ‘Roulette'.
It is believed that Roulette came to England from France in the early 1700s where it was initially known only as Roly Poly. Once it was banned in 1945, the similar game of Even-Odd, which used E and O labels instead of numbers was popularised as a replacement. By 1875, Even-Odd had died out, and Roulette was revived once again. Today, online Roulette is by far favoured over games of Even-Odd in the online casino world – and after playing, you won't need us to tell you why.
The original Parisian Roulette wheel included a double zero, and is now known as American Roulette as this is the version that made its way to American shores. Roulette is now the third most popular online casino game in the US. The single zero Roulette wheel, on the other hand, was designed in 1842 by Frenchmen Francois and Louis Blanc specifically for King Charles III of Monaco. Charles loved the game so much that he went on to build a casino, which brought the Roulette wheel to the masses and generated a great deal of wealth for Monaco. This saw the birth of Monte Carlo as an upscale gambling destination, a reputation that has lived on since.
THE ONLINE REVOLUTION
For centuries of Roulette spins, you could only play single zero Roulette if you found yourself in Europe, and you'd have to voyage over to the United States to have a turn at a double zero wheel. All that changed, however, with the introduction of the online casino. Now, every variation of online Roulette is available at the touch of a button for a modern taste of the Monte Carlo experience. The possibilities of online Roulette are endless; now you can have a spin at both a French Roulette and American Roulette wheel, as well as the chance to step up to the thrill of the Multiwheel Roulette. Perhaps in the future, we will find ourselves stepping into a virtual reality casino invoking the style of the original 18th century Parisian tables, but for now why not try our 3D Roulette or Live Roulette games? The sky is the limit with the future of the online casino, so play on and let the magic happen.