I’ve spoken at length about roulette and if there’s one realisation I’ve reached, it’s you can never speak too much about roulette, in this casino European Roulette, commonly known as the most popular form of the game. This is really the one that is most commonly played and shares more attributes with French Roulette then it does with the less merciful American version of the game. The history of roulette is one story and that’s a story that takes us all the way back to France in the 18th century when a physicist, mathematician and inventor named Blaise Pascal tried to invent a perpetual motion machine. They say that a lot of this world’s enduring inventions and the ones that impact our lives are invented by accident – and it’s true. We’ve seen it happen so many times – the microwave, penicillin, the ink-jet printer, the x-ray machine and even potato chips – all inventions by default! The same can be said about the roulette wheel!
Blaise might have created the wheel but it is believed that the English and the Italians also weighed in on the creation of roulette. While there aren’t too many fact to back it up, the general belief is that the game of roulette is a combination of three English-inspired games, namely Roly-Poly, Ace of Hearts and Reiner and two Italian board games, namely Hoca and Biribi. The present form of the game has been around for over 200 years! As you see the game today – be it in a land-based casino, an online casino or as a mobile casino game, it’s been this way since 1796. SO in essence, when you elect to play a game like European roulette you’re not just playing any old casino game, but one with a rich history, a legacy and essentially, a legend.
How European Roulette Works
European Roulette offers players a variety of bets ranging between inside bets and outside bets. Each category has its own inner betting intricacies. The game allows for minimum bets and maximum bets on a series of numbers and colours. The wheel numbers from 0 to 36 with the colours red and black dictating which numbers are odd and which ones are even. The table layout of roulette allows for inside and outside bets. In terms of inside bets the following moves are possible:
- Straight Bet – betting on a single number
- Split – betting on two vertically or horizontally adjacent numbers
- Street: Betting on 3 consecutive numbers in a row
- Corner/square – betting on 4 numbers that or at one corner/juncture
- Six Line/Double Street - betting on 6 consecutive numbers in a row
- Trio – a 3 number bet
- Basket – betting on 0, 1, 2 and 3
- Top Line – betting on 0, 00, 1, 2 and 3
Outside bets offer better odds but lower payouts. The following outside bets are available:
- 1 to 18 or 19 to 36 – betting that the ball will land on a number from one of those groups of numbers
- Red or black – betting that the colour of the pocket the ball lands on will be on of the two colours
- Even or odd - betting that the number will be one or the other
- Dozen bet – betting that the number will be in one of the dozen groups – 1 to 12, 13 to 24 or 25 to 36
- Column bet – betting that the number will land in one of the vertical columns
- Snake bet – a specific bet that covers 1, 5, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 23, 27, 30, 32, and 34.