What is Roulette?


Roulette is a casino game in which bets are placed on individual numbers, various groupings of numbers and other combinations. These bets come with different odds and payouts. There are also announced bets which have their own unique French names.

Bets are made by placing chips on a special betting mat. Winning bets are paid out, and losing bets go into the casino’s income.


There are a number of theories about the origin of roulette. Some believe that it was invented by the French physicist Blaise Pascal during his attempt to create a perpetual motion machine in the 17th century. Others think it was derived from English games such as Roly Poly and Even-Odd or Italian games such as Hoca and Biribi.

Whatever the case, the game of roulette is now a popular casino and gambling game that has its roots in 18th-century France. In its earliest form, it consisted of a wheel with numbered pockets ranging from 1 to 36 on either red or black backgrounds and rules similar to modern ones. The earliest known roulette wheels were used in the gambling houses of Paris and contained a variety of bets.