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Roulette game types in online casinos

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  • January 29th, 2015

Online roulette is among the most popular online casino games today. Part of its appeal is that it is an easy to learn game, with very few decisions needed to be made by the player – basically it’s all about putting some chips on the table and waiting for chance taking care of the rest. It’s an entertaining game that can be played either online, or in a land-based establishment – although finding a traditional, full-size roulette table is rather hard these days.

If you think “roulette is roulette” and consider that it has no different versions, though, you are mistaken. During the last two centuries the game has been used in more than one form, which gave birth to at least three different versions of online roulette in most internet casinos. These are called American Roulette, European Roulette and Classic French Roulette – and neither one of them is a proprietary game. To understand how these came to be, we need to take a look at the game’s history.

Back in the day France was the center of the gambling world. Roulette is a French game, where it was played as early as the 18th century. The roulette wheel used had two “zero” slots on it – the single zero and the double zero – offering the house an advantage. Later the game was changed by the Blanc brothers, who were invited to improve the gambling reputation – and the tourist flow – of a German spa. They removed the double zero slot from the wheel, decreasing the house advantage – and this was found attractive by casino goers who have flocked to these resorts to relax and play. The original French design of the roulette wheel entered the United States through New Orleans.

Later gambling was outlawed in most of Europe and the United States, except for a handful of cities where it was still allowed – in Las Vegas and Monaco. The roulette wheel designed by the Blancs was used in the Monte Carlo casino, and the original French design remained the choice for Las Vegas casinos – this is why we differentiate between the American and European roulette today. From these two casinos the two roulette wheels have spread out to the rest of the world, and found their way online in the mid-1990s.

The original French roulette is not too different from the American one – the major difference between the two is the existence of the “announced bets”. In the original French game players can bet on sections of the wheel and pre-defined groups of numbers, each one bearing a specific name. For example, Voisins du zéro is a bet placed on 22,18,29,7,28,12,35,3,26,0,32,15,19,4,21,2 and 25.

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