History of roulette
The first appearanced of any sort of roulette game came about in France in the early 17th century. The name actually translates as ‘Little Wheel’ from French, and the game originated when a probability student called Pascal - possibly accidentally - created the first spinning wheel that could be used for casino games purposes. This first wheel has a different design to what we’re used to, with pockets in which the ball would land, rather than the slots we have now.
After a few alterations and improvements, roulette as we know it was invented and, according to primary source documents from the 1700s, it became a regular fixture at parties and social gatherings across France. The original roulette wheel was marked with numbers from 1 to 36, as well as a single zero pocket. This is still the case on the European and French versions of the game that we play today.
As interest in roulette increased, and its popularity grew, new possibilities opened up thanks to a developing manufacturing industry. The wheel was quickly altered to have slots instead of pockets for the ball to settle into, like the version we play today, and provided players with a fairer and more reliable game. The double zero (00) version of the game that is used in American roulette appeared in the mid 1800s when travel became more common and the game crossed over the Atlantic.
The double zero (00) created further opportunities as additional bets had to be devised to accommodate the new slot. This paved the way for other variations to appear and, as manufacturing skills improved even more, the game improved also, with the invention of a wheel that could not be manipulated. By the turn of the twentieth century, roulette was one of the top casino games in the world.
Modern technology enabled even more incredible opportunities, with easier access and a number of new variations, such as live and progressive games, boasting some of the richest accumulative jackpot payouts available online. Online roulette is arguably the fastest, fairest and most exciting version of the game possible. Without geographical restrictions, multiple game variations are available around the clock, so you can enjoy your favourite form of entertainment at any time that suits your lifestyle, and from the comfort of your own home. You can also claim a number of casino games bonuses, including a welcome bonus of 200% up to $400 as when you sign up and play in Real Money mode.
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