Roulette is a casino game that involves spinning a ball around a wheel of numbered compartments. Thirty-six of these compartments are painted alternately red and black, while one is green and carries the number 0.
Players place bets on which numbers will come up by laying chips down on a betting mat. They have until the croupier announces “no more bets” to do so.
There are many fanciful stories about the origin of roulette, including that it was invented by a 17th century French mathematician named Blaise Pascal as part of his efforts to create a perpetual motion machine. Others claim that the game was based on ancient Chinese board games, which were later introduced to France by Dominican monks.
Whatever the case, it is widely accepted that the modern game of roullete was first played in Europe in the late 18th century. At this time, it was a popular gambling game among the French aristocracy and their royalty. Its wheel and table layout were very similar to those of modern casinos. This version of the game became so popular that it was eventually introduced to America. However, it took much longer to gain traction here.