It is no wonder that Roulette has such a strong standing when it comes to classic casino offerings when one considers its long history. Roulette has been a part of wagering and gaming in cultures all across the globe, dating back to the 17th century. The very first Roulette wheel was actually built to be a “perpetual motion machine” and was designed by the famous Frenchman Blaise Pascal. However, there were some modifications to made as time marched forward in order to create the wheel that is now so common today. The European version of the wheel is reported to have appeared as a game reserved only for royalty as early as 1796.
A Story Starts It All
The earliest version featured the number zero in addition to pockets for numerals 1 through 36. Casinos and places for gambling were not in favor of the odds that the original wheel gave out for them and added the double zero in order to increase their own edge. All of the numbers on the wheel add up to the numeral 666, encouraging the legend that the original secret to winning at Roulette was given to a French player, Francois Blanc, by none other than the devil himself. With this legend as a clever public relations scheme, the game quickly spread throughout Europe.
Shaping the Wheel
The game first appeared in America as early as 1800. Some tables used the single zero system while others took advantage of the double zero slot. The patrons of the local casinos preferred the single zero board due to the higher odds for their own winning. However, the single zero makes for quicker paced betting while the double zero format remains as the traditional configuration. The variation in play has solidified the difference in the wheels on different sides of “the pond.”