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Understanding the Origin of Online Roulette

Online roulette is one of the most popular games on the web and players in Canada and across the globe flock to virtual tables to enjoy wheel spinning entertainment at its best. Over the years online casino software developers have adapted the original versions of the game and added new features and enhancements, and there are now several different variants of classic styles available for your enjoyment.

Mini roulette, multi-wheel roulette, Live Dealer roulette and progressive jackpot roulette are just some of the exciting options on offer and there’s a style of play to suit every Canadian looking for a good time and the chance to win big.

Roulette’s Background

Roulette gets its name from the French word that means ‘little wheel’ but there’s nothing small about the payouts that this game has to offer. The first true form of roulette was developed in France in the 18th Century but a Century earlier; Blaise Pascal had unintentionally created a prototype for the game whilst trying to build a perpetual motion machine. There was already an existing game called roulette but the style of entertainment we know and love today is said to be a combination of this earlier version, the English games E.O, Roly Poly, Ace of Hearts and Reiner, and the Italian board games known as Biribi and Hoca.

From as early as 1796, Parisians were enjoying the game in much the same format as we enjoy online roulette to this day. One of the first places this game was recorded as being played was in the Palais Royal and it was often enjoyed by the Kings, Queens and other nobility in the Royal Court. Initially the roulette wheels that were featured in the casinos of Paris had a black double zero numbered slot and a red single zero slot, but to avoid confusion green was implemented for the zeroes in around the early 1800’s.

In 184 in the German town of Bad Homburg a Frenchman by the name of Francois Lois Blanc changed the game slightly by creating single zero roulette, which went on to become the European style of the game that remains a firm favourite to this day. In American roulette, the double zero remained a feature, but in some cases an American eagle was added to the wheel as a symbol of liberty, increasing the house edge even more. The eagle was a passing trend however and it soon vanished, leaving just the 38 numbered slots in its place.

Roulette Goes Global

By the 19th Century Roulette had spread all across Europe and America and was quickly becoming one of the most popular casino games. In the 1860’s when the German government abolished gambling roulette made the move to Monte Carlo where a gambling mecca for the elite was established and still continues to thrive.

When online casinos started opening their virtual doors in the 1990’s roulette was one of the first games to be released and it fast gained a following in the digital arena too. These days slick, stylish and incredibly sophisticated games of roulette can be enjoyed online and some of the webs top software developers have created realistic representations of the games that are even better than the real thing.

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