Roulette is a game of glitz and glamour that has been featured in spy movies and westerns alike. The game has been around for nearly 200 years and was one of the first to be introduced to online casino players in the early days of the industry. Roulette is one of the few online table games that offers players the chance to bet small and win big with a straight-up bet netting an impressive 35:1 payout.
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Roulette is one of the few casino games that has failed to have a set of standards associated with its table design. As a result, slight variations exist between French, European and American roulette. The origins of modern roulette can be traced back to the Palais Royal casino in Paris around the 1790s.
This early form of the game did not feature the iconic green zero and opted instead for a red and black checked pattern for the zero tile. This lasted less than a decade however, being replaced by the modern green in the late 1880s and this form of the game is today French roulette.
When the game made its way to the United States, with an addition of an American Eagle tile. However, this form of the game didn’t last long and in the 1890s the green double zero was added and the American roulette format cemented.
Roulette is played with two distinct pieces, the betting table and the wheel. Players predict the outcome of the game by placing chips on numbered squares on the betting table. The outcome of the game is then decided by spinning a wheel with a small white ball being placed inside.
The betting table features 36 alternating red and black numbered squares and one green zero square (European and French roulette). The roulette wheel features corresponding tiles. By placing a bet on a number on the betting table, a player is predicting that the ball will land on the corresponding number on the wheel. If it does, that player is paid out 35:1.