Introduction to European Roulette

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European roulette is not only one of the oldest games still played in casinos today, It is also one of the most popular table games and is played all over the world and is offered in all reputable online casinos.

It is a game that offers a multitude of betting options from low risk to very high risk wagers, which has made it popular with different types of gamblers and also with regular folks who enjoy a fun night in the casino once a year on their annual holiday.

European Roulette History

The exact origin of the game is disputed; with some claiming it is a version of a popular English game Roly Poly that was played in England and surrounding areas in the early 18th century, while most gaming historians believe it is a game that originated in France in the 18th century.

There are even some gaming historians that claim that roulette is a hybrid of many popular games that were played at the time in various European countries. Wheel-based games like the English E.O., Ace of Hearts and Reiner, and the Italian board games Biribi and Hoca.

However if we go by what most gaming historians say that the credit of inventing the game of roulette needs to go to Blaise Pascal who was a renowned French mathematician that was trying in the 17th century to create a perpetual motion machine and inadvertently invented the roulette wheel.

Then in the 19th century French brothers Francois and Louis Blanc added the single zero to the numbers 1 through 36 that were used on the roulette wheel.

Basic European Roulette Rules

Roulette is played on a roulette table that is marked with all the numbers of the roulette wheel and the different betting options that are offered. Players use special roulette chips given to them by the croupier and place their bets on the roulette table.

The croupier then spins the roulette wheel and a second before the croupier drops the roulette ball onto the roulette wheel he/she would announce “no more bets”. From this moment on players are not allowed to add or remove chips from the roulette table.

After the roulette ball stops on a particular number slot the croupier would announce the winning number and place the dolly (a small marking device that marks the winning number on the roulette table) and clears all the losing bets.

Then the croupier will start paying the winners who are those players that have made a bet on the winning number or those who made outside bets where the winning number was represented. While this is done players are free to make new bets for the next round of play.

European Roulette Bets

There are many different types of roulette bets offered during each round of play. Players can choose freely which types of bets they wish to make and can also combine several different types of bets.

The bets are divided into two categories:

Inside bets – bets that are made within the numbers layout of the roulette table where the numbers 0 through 36 are noted, each in its own little number square. These bets are made on a single number, a small group of adjacent numbers, and are considered high risk bets that offer very high payouts.

Outside bets – bets that are made outside the numbers layout of the roulette table. These bets are made on large groups of numbers or red/black and even/odd. These bets offer lower risk and lower payouts.

Online European Roulette

It is hard to come across an online casino that does not offer the game of roulette. Some only offer American roulette but those tend to be online casinos for Americans. All the big online casinos that cater to European and Asian players offer European roulette games.

The main difference between playing European roulette in land casinos or online casinos is that when playing online the game moves much faster and there is no crowding around the roulette table that makes it hard to place bets.

Live Dealer European Roulette

Advancements in technology have helped create a unique roulette playing opportunity for players who wish to enjoy the best that land casinos and online casinos have to offer from the comfort of their own home.

Live dealer European roulette offers players the ability to play a real roulette game that is streamed to their computer via the online casino they play at. The roulette table is placed in a casino-style studio with real croupiers that are surrounded by many video cameras.

Players can socialize with other players and the croupier while they play. They can see the actual roulette wheel being spun and the roulette ball being dropped onto it, all from the comfort of their own home.

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