Many gamblers who play roulette in casinos worldwide get engrossed with the game, and you may be one of them. The intricately designed roulette wheel with its seemingly haphazard arrangement of numbers fascinates many, but few may be aware of its origins. Its inception is rooted in varying theories, though it is believed to have originated in the 18th century in France.

Some theories about the origins of roulette include its invention being ascribed to the French scientist Blaise Pascal, while others believe that it was invented by an unknown French monk. A third theory relates the invention of the game by French Dominican monks who based it on an ancient game of Tibetan or Chinese origin. Whatever the real origin of the game, people from the ages play roulette to alleviate their boredom with the exciting game.

There are several other games that are considered to be the precursors of the roulette game that we all know today. One is the Even-Odd or EO game played in the 1700s using a wheel and a ball which is very much similar to the setup used today to play roulette. However, EO has 20 sections marked E for Even and another 20 sections marked O for Odd and instead of a 0, there is a certain portion in the wheel allocated for the house.

Another game that seemed to be related in some way to roulette is called Roly Poly, but its association is mainly limited to the fact that the playing of the game was banned in many countries. Whether roulette originated from these games or was developed independently by some monks, it is important to note that games of chance provide a way for our ancestors to alleviate boredom and to fill up their time with some fun and excitement.

Evidence that people would play roulette as early as the 18th century can be found in decrees that prohibit people from playing the game. One example of a decree that bans the game is dated 1758 in Canada, previously named New France, where roulette together with dice, faro, and hoca were banned. In England, a decree dated 1745 states that the pernicious game Roulet and/or Roly Poly is being banned. From these documents, it is safe to state that people started to play roulette in the 18th century, originally in France, before its spread to other countries.

Gamblers who play roulette avidly watch the fast spinning of the wheel before placing their bets. Roulette means little wheel in French, and on this wheel are the numbers 1 to 36 plus a 0 if you play French roulette, or a 00 in American roulette tables. Placing an inside bet means putting your chips in any of the numbers, while an outside bet means betting on red or black, and on odd or even. The inside and outside bets are the simplest best that you can place when you play roulette, though there are other betting options that you can consider when you become more proficient with the game.

When you play roulette in any casino in Europe, keep in mind that there are two variants of the way that the game is played. Some casinos employ the “En Prison” rule, which means that if the ball lands on zero and you made an even bet, you are given either one of two options. You can get back half of the bet and lose the other half, or you can leave the bet “in prison” until the nest spin. You lose the bet if the ball lands on the zero in the subsequent spin or claim all the money back if the ball lands on any number that matches your bet. If the “La Partage” rule is enforced, you automatically lose half of your bet.

To play roulette close to where the game originated, you can visit some of the casinos in London or in the European continent where the game continues to draw a huge crowd every night. Some of the roulette wheels in these casinos feature the single zero French Roulette, which means that the house edge is reasonable, but there are also roulette tables with the double-zero feature popular in American casinos.

  • The Casino de Palais de la Mediterranee in Nice along the French Riviera has a stunning décor and magnificent architecture with Art Deco, Greek, and Egyptian influences. It has a full complement of professional staff that will cater to all your needs, and you can relax in its opulent surroundings while enjoying your favorite game in the casino. You can play roulette in either of the six American Roulette tables and two French Roulette tables, or engage in your favorite game of slots from 10 AM to 3 AM during weekdays, and until 4 AM during weekends and holidays.
  • The Casino Barriere d’Enghien-les-Bains has an Art Deco style structure that houses a mid-sized casino. It is located in the outskirts of Paris and is built along the shore of Enghien’s lake beside the Groupe Barriere Hotels. The casino features 18 English Roulette tables that take a minimum bet of 2 Euros and 4 French Roulette tables where the minimum bet is 5 Euros. You can play roulette in the casino or sample the other games on offer such as Chemin de Fer and Baccarat, or sample one of the 500 slots games that are located on the gaming floor. You can play slots daily from 10 AM until 4:30 AM, while the live table games are on from 3:30 PM to 4 AM.
  • The Baden-Baden Casino located in the town of Baden-Baden in southeastern Germany is one of the oldest casinos in the continent, having passed its second centennial in 2009. The opulent structure looks like a French palace adorned with plenty of gold details, red velvet drapes, and ornate architectural ornaments. You can play roulette alongside other traditional casino games in the 24 gaming tables that include Baccarat, Poker and Blackjack amidst an aura of glamour and magnificence that only historical structures can provide. The casino is open daily except on holidays mandated by the government.
  • In London, there are many casinos within the center of the city where you can experience a serious game of roulette as played by Englishmen. Some of the most notable casinos in the city where you can play roulette without being a club member are the Grosvenor Casinos, Gala, Ladbrokes Casinos, and Stanley Casinos. Most of these casinos are open for 24 hours, though there are some casinos that start operations in the mid-afternoon until the early morning hours.

Whether you play roulette in London or in the casinos in the European continent, you are assured of an exciting night playing the game regarded as the queen of games in these establishments.