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The History of Roulette

The History of Roulette

Where the casino player’s favorite game came from is not exactly known.  Some credited the Chinese for inventing roulette wheel, which was brought by Dominican monks who were trading with the Chinese.  But the most solid origin of the casino game is from the 17th century French mathematician known as Blaise Pascal.  Pascal was trying to create a perpetual motion device, using a big wheel for his experiments.  It is said that one of his friends saw the potential of the wheel to make a good gambling device.  While, Pascal wasn’t able to make its perpetual motion device, he was

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Quick Fact – European v. American Roulette

Quick Fact – European v. American Roulette

1840s-Today Gambler Francois Blanc, at his casino in Bad Homburg, Germany, introduced roulette in the early 1840s with only 0 and no 00 on the wheel and table layout, a choice he stuck with when he assumed control of the Monte Carlo in Monaco two decades later. This roulette version became the European standard. In contrast, American roulette games contained both 0 and 00, which afforded casinos about a 5.26 percent advantage. The European version reduced the house’s edge by as much as half, and because players stood a greater chance of winning with no 00 involved, it grew much more popular. Photos from Wikimedia Commons: by Betzaar.com, European Roulette and American Roulette

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