Online Roulette is a true casino classic among classics, if ever there were such a thing. Thought to have been played as far back as the 17th Century and originating from a design by none other than mathematician Blaise Pascal, Roulette has charmed and entertained casino fans all over the world for over 400 years.
After the game made it from Italy to France in what historians calculate would have been early in the 18th Century, it attracted true acclaim and fame in local casinos. It would however shortly after its arrival in the country be banned from being played at local casinos by King Louis XV.
By the time it came to the rule of Napoleon Bonaparte, Roulette had been turned an exclusively royal activity and a game only to be played inside the casinos of the Palais Royale itself.
Roulette A Tenacious Survivor
But despite the game having been made illegal in the country altogether by the time the 1830s rolled around, it would soon after start to make its appearance in the casinos of Germany’s Baden-Baden, Wiesbaden, and Bad Homburg states.
This also happened to be around the time the famous “The Gambler” was published by Russian novelist Dostoyevsky, a book based on the author’s adventures at the Bad Homburg Casino.
This transition to Germany would ultimately bring us closer to the online Roulette wheel we know and love today. It would be here, in 1843, where brothers Louis and Francois Blanc would famously remove the double zero from the wheel at their Bad Homburg Casino. And so was born the single-zero wheel we now refer to as European Roulette.
The Long Road To The Internet
But Roulette also managed to make its way into the US around the same time it arrived in Germany.
The biggest difference between those early days in Europe and America was where the game was usually played. While played in German casinos, in America, Roulette would be almost exclusively only ever encountered in covert gambling dens. This was also where the American-style double-zero Roulette would become famous.
Even so, despite its incredible journey the world over, the real Roulette boom would arrive only much later with the dawning of the age of the internet during the mid-1990s.
With more and more homes suddenly connected to the internet, online Roulette would soon emerge as every bit the favourite among gamblers as what it had been in the casinos of old.
Today, the game is available in a variety of styles, including live dealer Roulette, which mimics the look and feel of the real casino environment online.
Online Roulette certainly has come a long way to how and where it’s played today.