Origin of Roulette


Roulette is a casino game where you bet on numbers. You can place a bet on one number, various groupings of numbers, or even/odd and high (19-36) or low (1-18).

When playing roulette, it’s important to set a budget before you start betting. Each table carries a placard with minimum and maximum betting limits.


It is difficult to pinpoint the origin of roulette. However, the game is generally believed to have emerged in 17th century France as a result of the combination of several older games. These include Roly Poly, Even Odd and Biribi (an Italian game involving guessing which numbered ticket would be pulled from a bag). There are also some fanciful theories suggesting that the wheel was inadvertently invented by 17th century French mathematician Blaise Pascal as part of his mission to produce a perpetual motion machine. Others claim that it was based on a Chinese game introduced to Europe by Dominican monks. In any case, the first written reference to a game called Roulette was in a gambling regulations document published in New France in 1758.


Some roulette variations are played with different rules while others include special bets. For instance, Lighting Roulette from Evolution Gaming relies on multipliers to boost your chances of winning while the Double Ball roulette game from IGT offers higher payouts. Another variation is the French roulette which carries a similar house edge to European Roulette but comes with the rules ‘En prison’ and ‘La Partage’. There is also the Triple Bonus Spin Roulette from IGT which features a unique wheel that pays out 1:12,000 for straight bonus wins.