# Roulette Odds

Roulette is a game in which players place bets on which number a ball will land after spinning a wheel. Bets are placed by laying chips on a betting mat with precise locations indicating the bet type.

You can place a bet on individual numbers, small groups of numbers or even bigger groups of numbers. You can also place “outside bets” which pay out at lower odds than inside bets.

## Origin

The origin of roullete is a little uncertain, though many websites claim it was invented by the 17th century French mathematician Blaise Pascal. He is credited with developing roulette as a way to study probability theory, but it was probably around before then and most likely derived from earlier games such as portique, hoca, bassett, and even-odd or roly poly.

Regardless of its actual origin, the name seems to have come from the French word for a small wheel — roelete, based on the Latin rotella. As more Europeans came to America, it was only a matter of time before they brought their games with them, including roulette. The game became so popular that it soon caught on in other parts of the world.

## Bets

Roulette odds are based on the probability that a specific number will appear on the wheel. Players can place several types of bets, including outside bets that pay 2-1. These bets can include street, splits and corner bets. A Voisins bet, for instance, costs nine chips and covers 17 numbers. This type of special bet is among the riskier wagers as it can increase the playerâ€™s initial investment by a factor of 17. The payouts for this wager can vary from PS18 to PS24.