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Roulette - History of the Game

Emerging in the European casinos of the late 17th and 18th centuries, Roulette is widely believed to be the oldest casino game still in existence. The word roulette, in French, means "Small wheel" and is the target of much speculation and controversy in terms of its precise origins. According to some gaming experts Roulette was created in China and brought to Europe by Dominican monks. But a mounting pile of evidence suggests that it was actually the Romans who created Roulette. According to archeological studies, the Romans would turn their chariot wheels on their sides and use them as gaming wheels. But the story that is perhaps most popular involves the French mathematician Blaise Pascal. As the legend goes, Pascal was in the process of trying to build a perpetual motion machine, when he suddenly figured that his spinning wheels and ball bearings could be used as a random number generator, and thus used in a game of chance. At that time a game called "roly-poly" was already popular. This game featured a spinning ball and horizontal wheel, and is now seen as a strong contender for the predecessor of modern roulette.

The first modern roulette table appeared in Paris in 1796, and later in 1842, Francois and Louis Blanc added the "0" to the roulette wheel to increase house odds. According to a Parisian legend Francois Blanc learned the secrets of roulette by signing his soul away to the Devil. This is supported mainly because the numbers of the roulette wheel add up to "666". It was around this time that roulette took the form of the roulette we know today; the familiar elements were already there - the numbered layout of pockets 1-36 with alternating red and black colors, green 0, and green 00. The 0 was actually red in color and the 00 black, and the rules were the same. Eventually these colors would be changed to green to avoid further confusion on color bets.

The Blancs moved to Germany and set up a gambling house there when gambling was banned in France, and later it was banned in Germany. It probably would have stayed an outlawed activity in Germany were it not for Charles III. The Prince of Monaco was looking for a way to relieve the financial problems that was plaguing his land, so he charged Louis Blanc with setting up Monaco's first casino. The casino became an instant sensation with the people of Monaco, and was quickly adopted as a game enjoyed by the glamorous and the wealthy. Eventually the game was also played by common folk in less upper class establishments.

Roulette moved to America in the early 1800's, due to the flood of Europeans to New Orleans and Louisiana. It suffered a drop in popularity during its first few decades in north America manly due to greedy casino owners who raised the house edge to unfair heights. After a while the game resurfaced with more reasonable house advantages in the west and it gradually moved from there to the rest of the country.

Roulette had a relatively broad sweeping appeal in America up until World War II. During this time Americans were less interested in gamming, and when they did gamble they turned to blackjack, which was widely believed to have the most beatable odds. After the war and the subsequent Las Vegas boom, Roulette became one of the post popular and most infamous gambling games of all time.

How to Play Caribbean Gold Roulette

One of the things that makes Roulette such an incredibly entertaining and popular game is its plethora of betting options. And on top of the dynamic gameplay, Caribbean Gold Roulette also sports one of the most generous and forthcoming bonuses that you'll find online.

Roulette is played by dripping a small metal ball into a spinning wheel that has numbers and colors indicating odd or even. You make bets based on where you think the ball is going to land, and when the wheel comes to a stop and the ball lands on a number, you win if you bet on the number!

On the Roulette board is a series of specially marked numbers and boxes. When you want to place a bet all you have to do is left click the mouse button until you have deposited the desired number of chips, to reduce the number of chips all you have to do is right click. Then press the SPIN button to begin the game.

If the number falls with in the range of any one of your bets then you have won.

Bets in Caribbean Gold Roulette

Inside Bets or Straight Bets

A bet on a single number.

Split Bet or Two Number Bet

To bet on the ball landing on any two numbers, place your chips on the line between two numbers.

Street Bet or Three Number Bet

Three numbers in a row with one bet. To make this bet place your chip in the outside line of the row you want to bet on.

Corner or Square Bet

Place your chip in the center of four numbers and if one of these numbers comes up you win.

The Six Numbers Bet

Allows you to bet on two rows of three numbers. Place your chip in between the outside line of the last numbers of the two rows.

Outside Bets / Any Red or Black

These bets divide the roulette table into red and black. The bet is on either a black or red number coming up and is placed on either the red or black diamond. If 0 comes up the bet loses.

Any Low Number or High Number Bet

These bets divide the roulette table into the numbers 1 - 18 and 19 - 36. The bet is on either a number from 1 to 18 or from 19 to 36 coming up and is placed on either the 1 to 18 or 19 to 36 rectangle. If 0 comes up the bet loses.

Any Even or Odd Bet

These bets divide the roulette table into even and odd. The bet is on either an even or odd number coming up and is placed on either the even or odd rectangle. If 0 comes up the bet loses.

The Dozens Bet

These bets divide the roulette table into the numbers 1-12, 13-24, and 25-36. The bet is on either a number from 1 to 12 or from 13 to 24 or from 25 to 36 coming up and is placed on the 1st 12, 2nd 12, or 3rd 12 rectangle.

Column Bets

These bets divide the roulette table into columns of 12 numbers. The bet is on any one of the three columns and is placed at the end of the column on the 2 to 1 rectangle.

Words of Wisdom

By David Keel

A lot of people believe that Roulette is a total game of chance, and they're right. Just about the only strategy that you can use in Roulette is to make sure you manage your bank roll in a responsible manner. Know how much money you are going to spend, set limits and be prepared to stop playing when you do reach the end of your bank roll. Also another good thing to do is set a win limit, so that when you win a certain amount you stop playing and walk away with all your winnings instead of continuing to play to the point where you lose all your winnings again.

Now that you know the rules, why not Try out Roulette now!

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