Roulette is a casino game with high odds. It is a great game to play, but it is important to set a budget and know when to walk away. Avoid using betting systems that claim to beat the odds.
The roulette wheel has numbered compartments that alternate between red and black and on American wheels an extra green zero pocket. Bets are made by laying chips on the roulette table’s betting mat.
The origin of roulette is a bit of a mystery. Some believe it was invented by 17th-century French mathematician Blaise Pascal as part of his attempts to create a machine that would demonstrate perpetual motion. Others claim that it was based on earlier games, including Roly Poly and Even/Odd. The earliest written reference to the game was found in a document that outlined gambling regulations for New France (now Quebec, Canada) in 1758.
Today, most people believe that the modern game emerged in 17th century France from a combination of the English games of Roly Poly and Even/Odd with the Italian game Biribi. Its name is derived from the French term for “small wheel” and it became popular in casinos and gambling houses throughout Europe.