The origins of roulette itself are shrouded in mystery. Some historians agree that it originated in China, while others claim that it appeared during the Roman Empire. However, many say that it was born in France. It seems that it was the philosopher and mathematician Blaise Pascal who had the ingenious idea to create the concept while working on a perpetual motion machine.
Later, the White brothers decided to add a 0 square to increase the home advantage before its introduction at the Monte Carlo Casino. From there, roulette took off all over Europe. In the meantime, it crossed the Atlantic to the United States where the American version took shape. American roulette consists of 38 slots (36 slots numbered from 1 to 36, a 0 and a double 0). It is precisely the double 0 that gives the casino an inordinate advantage (5.26% for American roulette versus only 2.70% for European roulette). As you can see, it’s better to play European roulette with its 37 squares.
How to practice online roulette?
First of all, it is advisable to practice roulette for a long time before committing to real money bets. And the best way to do this is to play it for free on online versions in Flash or HTML5 format. By playing on an online version, you’ll be able to have a great time without having to physically travel to a land-based casino. You will be able to play roulette without leaving the comfort of your soft sofa. Playing free and unselfish online roulette will also allow you to implement your own strategies and fine-tune your betting techniques before you invest your own money.
The mechanics of the game of online roulette are exactly the same as those of “physical” roulette. The object of the game is to guess in which square the ball will stop. Therefore, the first thing to do is to study in detail the types of bets available in the roulette game and target those with the best chance of success. Indeed, there are many types of bets to be highlighted: simple numbers, straddle, cross bets, columns, even and odd numbers, red and black numbers, “pass” and “miss” … Although these terms may seem a bit cryptic to you, you will see that their scope is very simple. All you have to do is choose the type of bet you want to place, define the amount of money you are willing to bet and let chance take care of the rest. What a joy to see the ball come to rest on your lucky number!
Useful tips for playing online roulette
As mentioned in the previous paragraph, online roulette is a game of childlike simplicity despite its somewhat austere appearance. However, it is imperative that you master all of its features to perfection before investing real money. As such, make sure you have the roulette rules at your fingertips. Although this advice may seem superfluous in many ways, too many people still make the mistake of throwing themselves into games of chance without even understanding how they work … Afterwards, you must choose the roulette variant you want to play. European roulette, American roulette, English roulette, Mexican roulette (with its 0, double 0 AND triple 0) are all variations of the classic version … Aficionados of the genre can also play French roulette in some casinos, a variant that includes additional rules (including that of putting bets in jail when the ball stops on zero).
When registering at an online casino, find out about the various bonuses that you are entitled to. The overwhelming majority of virtual gaming establishments will offer welcome bonuses to reward your registration. However, before you rush to a room that promises you a huge bonus, you should carefully consider the conditions for its release. If you have to wager 75 times your bonus amount before you can cash out your winnings, you might as well back off and go to a more accommodating online casino.
Is there a strategy for winning at online roulette?
Fatalistically speaking, there is no such thing as a winning strategy in the game of roulette. If there were a surefire strategy to win at roulette, do you think casinos would be so eager to promote the game? However, there are some tricks that can reduce your home advantage (and therefore slightly tip the odds in your favor). Some betting systems (such as martingale, d’Alembert’s system, Fibonacci’s sequel …) will encourage you to place your bets in a predefined sequence in order to beat the casino in the short term. For example, by applying the martingale system, you will have to double the size of your bets after each defeat to try to recover the bet you originally placed. Using d’Alembert’s system, you will have to increase your bets by one after a loss and reduce them by one after a win. The Fibonacci sequence, on the other hand, encourages you to place your bets according to the famous sequential sequence of numbers by the Italian mathematician. Although practical and mathematically unassailable, these betting systems are not without risk.
In any case, remember that roulette is above all a game of chance. Therefore, it is luck that will preside over your destiny. In fact, it is absolutely impossible to predict the outcome of a game with certainty. While the various tricks we have outlined may be helpful, keep in mind that roulette is primarily intended to be a source of entertainment.
Don’t play to win! Play to have fun!