Atlantic City Roulette

Roulette History

roulette wheelThe origin of roulette has been disputed by many over the years, but whether it was first played by patient, tranquil Monks in Ancient China, or by the seventeenth century French mathematician, Blaise Pascal, is immaterial. It remains one of the most popular forms of gambling in both the United States and Europe hundreds of years on!

The term roulette is undoubtedly French and it means ‘small wheel’ which is a more than apt description of the game. The game’s popularity soared in the mid 1800’s when it became a favourite of the reigning monarch of Monaco, Prince Charles 111. He came up with a brilliant idea to save the ailing economy of Monaco from further disaster, and persuaded other prominent figures in the small principality to allow legalised gambling. In due course the very opulent Monte Carlo Casino opened its doors to international gamblers, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Prince Charles certainly started a trend which has been emulated by cities and states in the USA – using the proceeds of legalised gambling to inject a new vigour into stuttering economies – Las Vegas and Atlantic City are prime examples of this royal innovation. Perhaps the city fathers of both American cities should have taken the cautious Prince’s lead though, in that no local Monegasques are allowed in to the Casino at Monte Carlo!

How to Play Roulette

The click of the ball as it races around the roulette wheel is undeniably a sound of the great casinos in the world, and for centuries the game has both intrigued and excited punters.

It is an easy game to grasp but the one element that the punter must be aware of is what the minimum and maximum wagers are at the particular table.

Roulette is simply a wheel, a ball and a layout board. The wheel is divided into compartments which are either red or black and the top row is randomly numbered.

The layout board too is divided into compartments which are marked red, black, odd, even, 1st 12, 2nd 12 and 3rd 12 and so on. The punter will place his chips on a colour, number or combination of numbers, and should the ball fall on any of his choices, he will be paid out according to predetermined odds.

Once everyone has placed their bets, the croupier will close all bets by saying “no more bets” and will spin the roulette wheel in one direction, and the ball in the other. Then it is all up to lady luck!