History of American Roulette

Roulette is among one of the most glamorous games in the casinos today. There are basically two types of roulette games:

  • French Roulette (older type)
  • American Roulette which had been developed based on French Roulette.

American roulette history

The history of American Roulette is no different than roulette; the only difference is that a few changes were made to the original game in the later years of the history of the game.

It is believed that the game originated in France and in French the world roulette means little wheel. According to most scholars, the game had been invented by a mathematician in France in the 17th century known as Blaise Pascal. However, there is a contradictory belief that the game had first been invented in China and had later been brought to Europe.

Roulette as we know it today appeared in mid 19th century when two brothers by the name of Louis and Francois Blanc from France came up with the single zero wheel that we are familiar with today. In United States the roulette wheel made its way in the 19th century. It was then that American Roulette was born. In the US the single zero was changed to double zero. In the west, the game became especially famous with the miners and workers.

French roulette vs. American roulette

American roulette is quite different than French roulette. In the American version of the game there are 38 numbers on the wheel which include numbers from one to 36, 0 and 00. The idea behind introducing a double zero was that it gave an added edge to the house. This is the main difference between the two types of roulettes.

Also, the colors of the chips used during the games are different in American and French roulette. In the American version, different colored chips are given to the players so that they can easily differentiate them while placing their bets. In French roulette, the color of all the chips is the same.

American roulette thus was modified and changed according to the taste and the preferences of the people of the country. The popularity of the game is enormous and almost every casino in the US today has roulette. It is a game of chance, there are no skilled or advanced strategies used in the game, which is one of the reasons why it is so popular with casual players. The tiny ball bounces around when the wheel spins and lands on a particular number. The person who betted on that number would win the round and the game goes on. Even after years, the excitement and the thrill of the game has not dimmed.