8 Interesting Facts About Roulette
Live Roulette is one of the world’s most popular online casino games thanks to its unique blend of simplicity and speed. It’s a game of luck rather than skill, and therefore is a reliable litmus test if you want to check whether your stars are aligned.
Roulette has been around since the 18th century and it’s grown up a lot since its original conception - but where did it come from? What inspired it? Well, we know you’re chomping at the bit to find out all this and more so read on to find out a little more about one of our favourite live casino games with our top 8 interesting facts...
1: Little Wheel
The term Roulette is inspired by the French equivalent meaning “little wheel,” taken from the fact that the game takes place on... well... a little wheel.
Like most interesting games, the true origin of Roulette is a mystery, however, some believe that the renowned mathematician, Blaise Pascal, inspired it, but who on earth is Blaise Pascal?
Without taking you back to your days in a lecture hall, he was a French inventor and mathematician who tried to come up with a ‘perpetual motion machine’ (essentially, just a machine that moves constantly without needing to be powered up by something) and produced what we know today as a Roulette wheel - so he wasn’t trying to invent a casino game at all!
This isn’t gospel though, and it’s likely that the Roulette wheel had a lot of different influences over the years. According to other sources, the game may have been influenced by a 17th-century game called Roly Poly, which, like Roulette, involved a spinning wheel and a ball, and also used the even and odd number system.
Maybe we’ll never know what the main inspiration was behind the game - but the history is interesting nonetheless.
2: Too Many Zeros
Roulette initially had both a single-zero pocket and a double-zero pocket, contrary to what is common in most European Roulette wheels today (which use only a single-zero pocket). The double-zero wheels give the house a slightly better edge than the single-zero wheels, which encouraged some Parisian casino owners to invest in single-zero wheels in an effort to offer players better odds.
The double-zero concept eventually found its way to America, where it is the most common format available today. Roulette played with two zeros on the wheel is now known as American Roulette, while a game played with a single zero wheel is known as European Roulette.
3: The Devil’s Game
When you add all Roulette numbers together, you’ll get the eerie 666. Those familiar with the implication of this number sometimes tend to avoid the game, but it’s unknown whether the 666 is a result of fluke or just an intricate joke by a mathematician involved in its invention.
So, rest assured; the reason for Roulette’s misnomer as The Devil’s Game is less scary than it sounds.
4: How Can Such a ‘Little Wheel’ Be So Expensive?
Do you know how much it costs a land-based venue to purchase a typical Roulette wheel? Around £5,000! Just for a wheel! The most expensive Roulette wheel in the world came in at an incredible £400,000 - although to be fair, it is made up of 14kg of silver and gold.
5: Drink and Snack Free Zone
In many land-based casinos around the world, no drinks are allowed at the Roulette table and food is almost certainly not allowed. So, if you’re the type who fancies a nibble while you place your bets then you might want to fuel up before you take a seat. Why? Usually, it’s just to protect the material of the wheel from spills and stains - and considering how expensive they can be, we’re not all that surprised.
However, if you want to play Roulette over a fresh brew or your brekkie (with the added bonus of being able to wear whatever you want) then playing Roulette online is a good choice.
6: ‘Lucky’ Numbers From Hollywood
Don’t be misguided in thinking that certain numbers are more likely to win than any other, as Roulette is a completely random game. Be that as it may, 17 is one of the most popular Roulette numbers. The reason is not that more people win with this number but because of everybody’s favourite spy: James Bond whose favourite number is 17, and because people think Hollywood subliminally reveals ‘house secrets’ through its movies.
Also, the number 17 is right at the centre of the table, which naturally makes it an easy pick for most people. Another common number among Roulette players is 22, which is also inspired by Hollywood in the movies Lost in America, Casablanca, and Indecent Proposal.
These are all baseless and there is no way for the ball to land on one number over any other number.
7: Highest Hits
There is a 1 in 1,024 chance of hitting an identical colour ten times in a row in Roulette. The game is not as predictable as some people think. When a black number hits, the next one won’t necessarily be red, as each spin of the wheel is completely independent of the last. The current record of the amount an identical colour was hit consecutively is 36 times, in Bristol, England.
The chances of the ball landing on the same number on consecutive spins soon get into the billions the more times the wheel spins. Nevertheless, at Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, there is a record of the number 7 winning six times in a row!
8: Top Three
Roulette regularly makes an appearance in the top three casino games, accompanied by other big-hitters like slot games and online Blackjack - mainly because it’s a game that doesn’t take a lot of revision of the rules. It may take a little while to get into the swing of the game and understand the table lingo, but when you get there you’ll wonder how you were ever confused!
Online Roulette at Pink Casino
If you’re new to the world of playing Roulette, either online or in a land-based casino, then you might want a brief guide to get you started. Luckily over on our online casino blog we created an Introduction to Roulette Guide so that our players can start playing on the right foot.