Roullete, or roulette in English, is one of the most famous casino games. It has offered glamour, mystery and excitement to casino-goers since the 17th century. It is a game of chance, but serious players can reap big rewards with the right strategy.
The game consists of a spinning wheel with a single ball that comes to rest in one of the compartments of the wheel. The compartments are numbered from 1 to 36 in a non-consecutive pattern and alternate red and black. On European roulette wheels a green division is also present, while American wheels have two extra green compartments marked 0 and 00.
Before the dealer spins the wheel, a player places chips on the betting mat in a precise location that signifies their chosen bet. After the ball has come to rest, the dealer announces the winning number and pays out the chips. If the bet is on a number that wins, the payout is up to 35 times the amount wagered. If no number wins, the winnings go into the casino’s income.
The game of roulette combines elements of the older games of hoca and portique with the Italian game Biribi. It emerged in France in the 17th century and was first mentioned by name in a document describing gambling regulations published in New France (now Quebec, Canada) in 1758. The game was a favorite in casinos and gambling houses until it was banned from France from 1836 to 1933. Today, it is still a popular game worldwide.