Roullete is a casino game with a plethora of betting options. Players may choose to bet on a single number, various groupings of numbers, the color red or black, whether the number is odd or even, and if it’s high (19-36) or low (1-18).
The game originated in France in the early 18th century and evolved into its present form through the improvisation of other games such as hoca and portique. It spread to illegal gambling dens and then to the United States where it became a popular pastime. There, the double zero wheel format was replaced by a single-zero pocket and the game became known as American roulette.
Roulette has many variations, but the most popular in both physical and online casinos is European roulette. It has a lower house edge than the American version and offers players a much better chance of winning.
The game is played on a circular table with a numbered rim and a revolving wheel. The wheel consists of thirty-six compartments painted alternately red and black, and numbered nonconsecutively from one to 36. A green compartment, called a ‘canoe’ by croupiers, carries the sign 0. On American roulette wheels, there are also two additional green compartments that carry the signs 0 and 00. The roulette wheel is a precision machine and spins smoothly without friction, driven by a revolving mechanism. The symmetries of the wheel make it easy to read and predict the outcome of each spin.