Where did the roulette wheel and ultimately the famous casino game of roulette originate? Perhaps in several places and from some or many people and cultures. What follows are some examples of roulette’s possible origins and how players have played the wheel in an attempt to beat it
This exploration deals specifically with American roulette, which has a 0 and 00 space. This really doesn't make much of a difference for the purposes of this discussion except when we talk about the exact number the ball will land in if it rolls N number of spaces. European wheel players have a lower house edge at roulette approx 2.7 instead of 5.2 as well as a better roulette culture. The American wheel derivations presented here can easily be translated to the European wheel with just a little effort.
For centuries players have been trying to find methods with which to beat roulette and, at times, they have managed to do so with skill rather than with luck. Relying on luck is not the best way to assure an edge at any casino game.
Please Note: The overwhelming majority of players rely on luck to win at roulette but the casinos rely on luck’s master, math.
There are several methods that have been used to gain an edge at the game, such as:
- In casino gaming there are a variety of mathematical based systems that are touted as a sure fire way to beat the casino.
- This is especially true for the game of roulette. While some systems can be applied under a very specific set of circumstances, most can’t be applied over an extended period of time.