History of Roulette
The first variation of casino roulette was introduced in 1796 in Paris, long after Pascal’s failed invention. This first variation was very similar to the variation we still play today with red and black areas numbered from 1 to 36. These early versions of roulette also had two green areas with the 0 and 00.
Later in the 18th century, the cylinder underwent some changes by adding elements from other games. This concerns the English Roly-Poly and the Italian board game Hoca and Biribi. Thanks to the changes, the game of roulette became extremely popular in France and later in more other European countries. A proof of the antiquity of roulette can be found in the French book La Roulette, Ou Le Jour from 1796. In this book the game is originally described with a single 0 and a double 00.
At the beginning of the 19th century the game of roulette was fairly settled and the other countries in the world also knew the wheel. From here, European roulette was played with 00 and 0 to 36. The American roulette also had the 00 as an extra, but also had only 1 to 28 to win.
Thanks to the transition to the online world, roulette is now even more popular than ever. One of the reasons is that roulette is now also available for people who do not have access to a casino and another important reason is that roulette is now available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.