What is Roulette?

Roulette is a casino game in which players bet on the outcome of a spinning wheel. The wheel has thirty-six compartments numbered 1 through 36 alternately red and black, plus two green ones (on American wheels only).

Players place chips on the table map to make their bets. Each bet has its own odds of winning. Outside bets generally have lower payouts but higher chances of success than inside bets.


The word “roullete” is French for “small wheel”. There are many different stories about the origin of roulette but it seems to have emerged in 17th century France. It was probably based on the English games Roly Poly and Even-Odd as well as the Italian game Biribi. It was also influenced by Hoca, a gambling game that had been brought to France by Dominican monks. Although it was banned in New France for a while during the mid-18th century, the game returned to popularity in Europe and quickly spread around the world. Roulette is now played in casinos and gambling houses around the globe.

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