The Big Spin

Roulette has been a popular game since the 18th century. Invented in France, the roulette table is now the third most popular game at the casino and is only out-played by slots and craps.

With is name being French for ‘small wheel’, roulette is played by placing a bet on either a single number or a range of numbers, whether the number is odd or even, or if they think it will land on red or black. With a spin of the wheel, the ball is then spun in the opposite direction by the croupier and the ball eventually falls into one of 37 or 38 numbered pockets on the wheel. The number of pockets is dependent on whether the game is French or European roulette (37), or American (38). This then determines the winning colour and number.

Albert Einstein once said ‘You cannot beat a roulette table unless you steal money from it’ but there are many people who devise systems to try to beat the game.

Bets are placed on a cloth called the layout and the names of bets include the single, corner, trio, six line and the special dozen bet called a snake.

The virtual roulette game has now become an alternative to those wanting a real-life experience. With the first licences for online casinos being awarded in 1994, the web-based version of the game now has millions of players taking part. As well as virtual games, there are also live dealer games offered through a streamed video link.

Television roulette is now a regular part of the night viewing audience. With a quick registration and deposit made, it is possible to play from the comfort of the armchair.

With the purchase of a few chips, it is possible to take part in a game of roulette in any part of the world and at any time of the day. Place your bet and let the wheel spin.