What is it about roulette that makes it so enticing? The game carries a larger-than-life air around it and is one of the most talked-about casino games in pop culture. How much do you know about roulette?
- Who invented roulette?
While the origin of roulette remains controversial, it is generally accepted that the first roulette-like game was developed in 1657, by noted French physicist and mathematician Blaise Pascal. Roulette, closer to how we know it today was made public by Palais Royal, a popular gambling house in Paris.
- What can definitively be the worst bet in roulette?
In American Roulette, the five number bet holds a whopping house edge of 7.89 percent! If you find yourself at an American Roulette table, don’t make the (0, 00, 1, 2, 3) bet.
- What is the sum of all numbers on a roulette table?
It’s 666. Now you know why the game sends shivers up the spines of many gamblers.
- What are historically some of the oddest and wildest streaks at roulette tables?
Twice, in a period spanning over a 100 years, the same number came up six times in a row on a wheel. Once in July 1959 when “10” came up on the roulette wheel at Puerto Rico’s El San Juan Hotel. The second time was in July 2000 when “7” came up at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.
Did you know?
European roulette is one of the most fair casino games in the world! The house plays with odds of 2.7 percent only – that is, pretty much like the odds of an average player.
In 2004, a trio of gamblers got away with using laser devices and pocketing more than $1 million because they hadn’t done “anything illegal”. The James Bond-style robbery occurred at the Ritz in London, where the trio escaped prosecution since their scanner did not interfere with either the roulette ball or the wheel.