The history of roulette is as fascinating as the game itself. There is much confusion about who & where the game of roulette was invented. It is generally believed that the game of roulette was invented in France by Baise Pascal as he was trying to invent the Perpetual Motion Wheel. Then one of his friends thought of the idea of using the wheel as a gambling device. It is also believed that roulette is a combination of English games Roly-Poly, Reiner, Ace of Hearts & E.O, Italian board game Hoca & Biribi & a French board game of the same name.
The game is said to be played in Paris in the same form as today since early 1796. The game first went to Germany when two Frenchmen Francois & Louis Blanc introduced the single zero (0) wheel in the town of Homburg. In the 19th century though gambling got banned in Germany. These two Frenchmen like many others moved to Monte Carlo & turned the city into a gamblers’ heaven. It is also said that Francois & Blanc sold their soul to the devil to get the secrets of winning roulette.
When the game found its way to the United States, the casino owners here added the double zero (00) to the roulette wheel. Adding the double zero made the game more challenging to the players & thus reduced their chances of winning. Still the American style increased in popularity since its betting style was simplified & money offered were huge.
During the first half of the 20th century Las Vegas developed as the biggest casino hub of the US. Roulette became one of the most popular games played at these casinos. Even today roulette dominates the casino scene in Las Vegas. Today there are numerous numbers of casinos around the world which offers roulette to the players. The game of roulette today is undoubtedly the “king of all gambling games” in the world.