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History of Roulette

Roulette Wheel The roulette is one of the most popular gambling games of all times. For many years it is regarded as a trademark of the word of gambling. Many films have glorified it and many people were caught in its charm. In this article we will review the history of this beloved game.

The first roulette was created in France by the famous French mathematician Blaise Pascal in the 17th century. The word roulette itself means "a small wheel" in French. It has been said that he invented the roulette because of his curiosity of perpetual motion mechanisms. The 0 number was added to by Frenchmen as well. Louis and Francois Blanc have added it in 1842 in order to increase the house odds. A famous roulette legend says that Louis and Francois acquired the secrets of the roulette from the Devil himself. The legend was based on the fact that if you add the numbers on the roulette, from one to 36 the sum is 666, the "number of the beast". Francois Blanc was also the one that opened the first of the Monte Carlo casinos, which are usually associated to the roulette. The roulette is often regarded as the "King of Casino" due to its popularity in the luxurious Monte Carlo casinos.

The roulette arrived to America during the early 19th century with French immigrants. The '00', which is a trademark of the American roulette, was added during this period. In some early casinos an American eagle was portrayed instead.

Thomas Brown, Editor