Roulette is a casino game that has different betting combinations, which offer varying odds for winning and payouts. These bets are grouped into two categories: inside bets and outside bets.
Players place bets on a roulette table until the croupier announces, “No more bets.” The dealer spins the wheel and drops a ball into one of the slots.
There are many fanciful stories regarding the origins of roulette, including the claim that it was invented by the 17th-century French mathematician Blaise Pascal. However, the game is likely to have been derived in France in the early 18th century from older games like hoca and portique. These games used a wheel with numbered slots and bets on red and black, which are very similar to modern roulette. Other anecdotes suggest that the game may have originated in China and was spread to France by Dominican monks who learned it during their travels. The game was then modified and adopted by the French aristocracy in the 1700s. It would eventually become popular with casinos and gambling houses throughout Europe. It is still played today in many countries around the world.