Roulette is a casino game that involves betting on which number the ball will land on. It is important to understand the different types of bets and their odds before laying your chips down.
The wheel has 38 divisions numbered 1 to 36, alternately red and black, with one green zero (on American tables there are two green zeroes). Each bet pays out according to fixed roulette payouts.
There are a number of different theories surrounding the origin of roulette. One of the most popular is that the game was invented by French mathematician Blaise Pascal in the 17th century as part of his attempts to create a perpetual motion machine. The wheel he produced as a result was similar to the ones used in modern roulette games. Another theory is that the game originated in China and was brought to France by Dominican monks. The game eventually made its way to the gambling houses of Paris, where it became a huge success. The game would later gain popularity throughout Europe and the world.