Amazing Facts About Roulette

Here's a list of stuff you probably don't know about online roulette...

One of the oldest casino games, European Roulette remains a mystery to many. This list will help you separate fact from fiction, rumor from reality.


1.       European Roulette gives far better odds than American Roulette.

The European version gives the house a 2.7% advantage while American roulette – with its double-zero wheel – gives the house a 5.26% edge.

2.       The first roulette wheel was not developed for gambling.

It was made by mathematician Blaise Pascal who was experimenting with perpetual motion.

3.       The original European Roulette had two “0” pockets.

Brothers Francois and Louis Blanc wanted to attract gamblers by offering them better odds – and introduced the single “0” pocket.

4.       All roulette wheels feature pockets in three colors.

Numbers 1-36 are in alternating red or black pockets, and the 0 pockets are green.

5.       The famous Martingale strategy does not work in the long term.

Requiring gamblers to double their bet every time they lose to recover the previous loss and profit as well, the strategy has only led to huge financial losses.

6.       Eating while playing just isn’t done.

It is considered bad taste to eat or drink while playing at roulette tables. However, it is considered very much obligatory to tip the croupier.

7.       Roulette is considered “King of the Casino Games.”

Roulette is the third most popular casino game – second only to Slots and Craps.

8.       Roulette is also referred to as “the devil’s game.”

The reason – all of the numbers on a roulette wheel add up to 666.

9.       Roulette gets its name from the French word for 'small wheel'.

Blaise Pascal, a 17th Century French mathematician, was said to have invented the roulette wheel.

10.   Famous roulette quote from Albert Einstein.

"You cannot beat a roulette table unless you steal money from it."

11.   In 2004 an Englishman doubled his fortune by betting everything he owned on roulette.

 Ashley Revell sold everything he owned and gambled it all on one spin of a Las Vegas roulette wheel. Betting it all on red, he won $135,300.

12.   Roulette: Hollywood film star.

Roulette has been featured in a number of successful films, including “Diamonds Are Forever” and “Casablanca.”