The game of roullete is a simple game based on pure chance. Players can place bets on groups of numbers or individual numbers. The croupier then throws a ball into the wheel and waits until it stops on a number.
If the ball lands on 0, any even-money bets lose. However, some European roulette tables offer special rules like la partage that reduce the house edge to 1.35%.
Despite some fanciful stories, there is no definitive origin of roulette. Some credit 17th-century French mathematician Blaise Pascal for inventing the game, though it was not his intention — he was actually trying to produce a perpetual motion machine when he came up with the idea for the weighted wheel. Others think it was derived from Chinese games brought to France by Dominican monks. Whatever the truth, it is clear that roulette evolved over time to become the centerpiece of 18th century Paris gambling scenes.
There are several different bets players can place on the roulette wheel. Some of them are more risky than others. The split bet, for example, has a high payout (17 to 1), but it also increases the chances of losing your entire wager if you make an incorrect prediction.
Other types of bets include the Street Bet/Three Number Bet and the Straight/Four Number Bet. These bets require you to place your chips straddle the line between two numbers on the layout. They offer a higher winning odds than inside bets, but they pay less than other types of bets.