Published on 19 October 2014 by Rhi
Whether you are a gambler or not, whether you exclusively play slots, or sports betting; whoever you are, chances are you have heard of Roulette and have a basic understanding of how it works. There is a wheel, with the numbers 0-36, you place a bet, a ball is spun around a wheel, landing in a number and you win or lose depending on your selections. But did you know that this game has a fascinatingly rich history? Today we’re talking some fun facts about roulette that you might not already know…
1. Types of Roulette
There are two main types of roulette; French (sometimes called European) and American.
Roulette began life in France and was further developed by two Frenchmen in Germany- Francois and Louis Blanc. When Germany banned gaming, they moved the game to Monte Carlo in America where it grew into a sophisticated game for the elite. However, an “American” version began to flourish across the country in gambling dens with a number of key differences.
The French version has a single 0 pocket, whereas American roulette often features the 0 plus a double zero (00) further enhancing the casino’s edge.
The layout also varies between the traditional French version and the American. The original French roulette has the wheel between the betting layout, whereas the American has one big betting layout, with the wheel set above the table.
2. The Devil’s Game
There is an old story around roulette, stating that Francois Blanc bargained with the Devil himself, in order to learn the secrets of gambling and the roulette wheel in order to win. This far-fetch legend stems from the fact that the sum of the numbers on the roulette wheel totals 666.
3. The American Eagle
One thing is very true of America throughout history; it likes to make its mark upon things, and roulette was no difference. In some American versions of the game, there were the numbers 1-28, single zero, double zero and a unique American Eagle pocket, symbolising American liberty. This tradition didn’t hang around for long, as the Eagle gave the house yet another edge and it soon disappeared leaving only numbered pockets. To this day, wheels including the Eagle are incredibly rare, with collectors willing to pay tens of thousands of dollars for them.
4. Netent Roulette
Always one to please the players, Netent of course developed a number of roulette games for table game fans. You can find plenty of variations including American Roulette, French Roulette, Roulette Pro and many more. They even have roulette available in their Live Casino so you can play the game, in person, from the comfort of your own home!