How to Win at Roulette

Roulette is a game of chance, so make sure you play within your budget. Start by wagering on “outside” bets, which have a higher chance of hitting.

The game uses a spinning wheel with thirty-six compartments (known as frets or canoes by roulette croupiers) painted alternately red and black, plus one or two green pockets on American wheels.


While there are many fanciful stories about the origin of roulette, it’s probably fair to say that the game was first introduced as a tabletop game in the 17th century. Some sources suggest that it was invented by the French physicist Blaise Pascal as part of his attempt to create a perpetual motion machine, while others claim that the game evolved from older games such as portique, hoca, bassette and roly poly. As the game gained popularity, its name was eventually adapted to “roulette” and it soon became one of the most popular gambling games in Europe. By the end of the 19th century, roulette found its way to America along with other European elements like portique and hoca. Here the game took on its modern shape, largely by eliminating the double zero from the wheel.

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