The History Of Roulette
Like many things, it’s often difficult to determine the origin of a particular game. But, it’s pretty much agreed upon that the game of roulette finds its origins in the country of France. First, the word itself, “roulette”, means “little wheel” in French. However, you may be surprised to learn that it appears that either monks, or at least a monastery life, lent itself to its invention. There are a few theories. A popular story goes that in 1655, French scientist, Blaise Pascal, developed the game during a stay at a monastery. Another theory is that some an unknown French monk developed the game to help relieve the monotony of the simple monastery life. The third theory is that roulette was developed based upon an old Tibetan game by some unknown French monks. Regardless, of the actual origin, it’s a good bet that it most likely happened in a French monastery. (There is an English version, called “Roly Poly”, that also bears mentioning.) However, roulette, in its present form, follows the French methodology. On a traditional table, French terms are written in the betting area. However, tables do use English writing instead of French.
Much of the interest in roulette is derived from the number of different bets and the associated odds that can be made. In general, you must know the different “inside bets”, these are bets placed on specific numbers. One must be able to anticipate the number or type of pocket on which the ivory ball is going to land. There are a variety of different bets that can be made. These bets generally have higher paying odds. “Outside bets” do not involve specific numbers but rather bets placed on the outside of the number map. These can include color betting, even/odd betting, column betting and a few others. The most important thing to remember is that the house always has an edge. There are theories that provide the player with some advantage, but none are proven. Some French tables will employ rules that, in general, will help a player out. The “La Partage” or “En Prison” rules are two such rules of play.
Some other tips are really to watch the play before playing at a table. Some dealers have habits that will lend itself to the ball landing a particular way. They may release the ball at a specific angle and velocity so that the ball lands at a specific place on the wheel. A wheel can sometimes go off kilter, although casinos are very good at spotting this. In Europe, and specifically, France, the dealer is called a “croupier.” Chips are handed out to each player by specific color so bets are clear. The chips are handed to the dealer who then places the individual’s chip on top of the rail with a marker indicating its monetary value.. It’s vital to know the procedure of a round. After the dealer clears the table, he will pause for a bit giving everyone a chance to decide on their bets. Then, he’ll throw the ball on the wheel and spin it, announcing “No more bets!” once the ball settles, the dealer places a marker on the winning chips. Losing bets always get cleared off first. It’s the same process every time.