Live Roulette History

live roulette historyNobody really knows when roulette was invented, or who its inventor was. However, there is a lot of evidence to suggest that it was invented by French mathematician/engineer/philosopher Blaise Pascal in the 1700s. It is claimed that Pascal was attempting to create a perpetual motion machine, which of course he failed to do, but in the process created what we would now recognise as being a roulette wheel. The game developed into its current form during the 1800s, and became one of the most popular games at the Monte Carlo Casino in Monaco.

Multiple Versions

Its popularity spread across the Atlantic to Las Vegas, where the game was adapted to improve the house edge. The traditional French version of the game, predominantly played in the Monte Carlo Casino, features a roulette wheel with one green zero, and an identical betting layout on either side of the wheel to allow more players to play the same wheel. The American version of the game has only one betting layout, and features two green pockets.

roulette wheelThese green pockets are numbered zero and double zero, and outside bets cannot be placed on these, thus reducing the players' chances of winning with an outside bet. In recent times, an adapted version of American roulette, with one green zero rather than two, has become the most popular version of the game, and is often called European roulette, despite being based on the American layout.

Online Roulette

Round about the beginning of the 2000s, online roulette games started to become available on the internet. These made use of a random number generator to decide the outcome of the games, sometimes accompanied by an animation to suggest the spinning of a roulette wheel. While these games were fun to play, many players felt that this version of the game was somewhat lacking in comparison to the real life version, and some harboured doubts about whether the random number generator was in fact truly random.

Live Roulette

The recent introduction of live roulette, in which a human dealer spins a real roulette wheel, and this is relayed to players via a live video stream, removes this element of doubt on the part of the player, and makes for a much more authentic casino roulette experience. In just a short space of time, this version of roulette has gone on to become the most popular online version of the game, with hundreds of thousands of players around the world.

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