Roullete (roh-LAH-tuh) is a casino game involving a spinning wheel and a betting table. It has many variants and is a popular choice for online gamblers and live casino enthusiasts alike. It is believed to have been invented in 17th century France by mathematician Blaise Pascal. It was later adapted by other European countries and made its way to the United States where it became an integral part of gambling dens and casinos.
Like craps there are a multitude of bets in roulette that can be placed. Players can bet on a single number, various groupings of numbers, the color red or black, or whether a number is odd or even. In addition to placing bets on individual numbers, players can also place bets on groups of twelve numbers, called columns and dozens. A column bet places chips on the first, second, or third of the ’12’ squares of a roulette felt. If the ball stops in one of these columns, the player wins.
Among all roulette variants, the European version is the most popular one both in land-based and online casinos. The reason is that its house edge, which scales down to a coveted 2.7%, makes it the best choice for novice players. The en prison and la partage rules are two other interesting aspects of this variation.