The game of Roullete, also known as Roulette, is one of the most popular casino games in Europe and around the world. It is a simple game in which players place their chips on a specially designed table and then wait for the spinning wheel to land on a number. The winning bets are then paid out based on the odds of each type of wager. The game originated in the 17th century and has had numerous fanciful legends attributed to it, including being invented by the French mathematician Blaise Pascal and by Dominican monks.
The Roulette wheel consists of a solid wooden disk slightly convex in shape with thirty-six compartments painted alternately red and black. These are numbered nonconsecutively from 1 to 36, with a single green zero on European wheels and a double green zero on American ones. The compartments are separated by metal frets, or “canoes” in the words of a professional croupier, and the entire wheel is set on a perfectly balanced spindle that rotates almost frictionless.
Upon placing their bets, the croupiers will toss a small white ball into the wheel and watch it spin. When the bouncing stops, a number or color will be revealed and winners will be awarded according to their betting odds. In addition to bets on individual numbers, there are also outside bets that pay based on the groupings of the numbers (high-low, odd-even, red-black, and first, second and third dozen).
For many people, the thrill of watching the ball bounce around the wheel in a game that relies entirely on luck makes Roulette an exciting and fun form of gambling. However, it is important to remember that the built-in house edge in Roulette means no skill can overcome it and make the game profitable in the long run.