While anyone can look up the history of Roulette on Wikipedia I thought I would still get into the history of it. From it’s very invention to online casinos these days, this is the complete history of Roulette and it’s more interesting that you might think…
While most people would think Roulette got its origins from Las Vegas, it was, in fact, France who first invented it. We go all the way back to 1720 and the very first recorded form of Roulette that was then called ‘Biribi’. The wheel itself was called an E.O which stood for Evens & Odds. It had 40 pockets 20 for E and 20 for O and another 10 that were blocked out for a house win. While it isn’t the Roulette wheel we know and love, it soon changed.
It wasn’t until the late 1790s that the wheel changed to the one we now know as a Roulette wheel and it had red for the single zero and black for the double zero. It wasn’t until the 1800s that the 0’s were changed to green and the term “little wheel” was first used. In French, those words are “petite” and “roue” Swap them around and you can easily see where Roulette first got its name.
It then started moving around Europe and it wasn’t until the 1860’s that America first started playing it. In some forms of early American roulette wheels, there were numbers 1 through 28, plus a single zero, a double zero, and an American Eagle. The Eagle slot, which was a symbol of American liberty and it was a house slot that brought the casino extra edge meaning bigger and better casinos could be made to accommodate the growth in people playing Roulette.
These days, of course, it is all about the online Roulette and while some people will embrace the technology I still prefer the real thing. And there you go! It was a bite-size, cut down history of Roulette that isn’t as boring to read as Wikipedia’s. Then again I could be wrong and have bored everyone to death if I have let me know in the comments below!