Roulette: Then and now

The game of roulette has been in existence since the 17th century. There are conflicting reports as to exactly who or even where the game was invented, but the simplicity of the gameplay has been enduring. The main contenders are monasteries in China where it is claimed monks invented the game to beat the monotony of monastery life, and the party streets of France. The France argument does hold more water, considering that the name roulette is French for the wheel. Also, the odds are named in French in classic set ups of the game.

There are two components to the game: A wheel, and the odds mat. The wheel is basically a multi-coloured wheel which spins with a ball on it. The premise is that players bet on the outcome of the ball’s placement. There are odds assigned to each position of the wheel.

Roulette has evolved over time. The changes in the game have not been to elaborate. One of the main changes was the renaming of the French-titled odds. Today, there are European, American, and other localized versions of the game. Roulette also moved from the homes to social places, to the casinos, home again, and now, online.

Today, one has the choice of playing at home, in a casino, or online. There are versions that can be played by children for their amusement with chocolate and candy treats instead of money winnings. However, the most convenient of ways of playing roulette is online. Online poker has several distinct advantages, among them, being that you don’t have to physically go find a wheel and that the casinos are open anytime. Playing roulette online is also safe because the whole gameplay is automated, and the casinos are regulated to ensure there is no foul play.

Roulette had a dip in popularity but the internet has brought this game of pure chance back to life. Play some and enjoy.