Roullete (or Roulette in French) is an exciting casino game combining action, excitement, luck and an engaging house edge. Since 17th-century France it has drawn gamblers around the globe as it remains both glamorous and mysterious with high payout potential potential. It remains popular due to its lasting appeal as an exhilarating yet competitive house edge game.
Roulette is played on a circular table (or layout) featuring numbers 1-36 arranged in rows and columns, in the United States featuring two green slots labelled 0 and 1. A ball is spun in one direction around the wheel before being released; if it lands within any of its numbers, players win; odds depend on both bet size and location on the table.
Once a winning number is announced, the dealer collects and pays out all losing chips before paying out winners. They place a marker on winning chips to avoid confusion during betting rounds; players may make outside bets first as these tend to be cheaper and have greater odds of success.
Single-number bets offer 35 chips should the number win, although any losses must first be collected before withdrawing winnings. Bets made on first, second or third dozen payouts offer lower amounts but have higher odds of success.
The game first appears in 1758 in a document outlining gambling laws in New France. It may have its roots in older games like Roly Poly and Even Odds which involved betting on spinning wheels; and Italian game Biribi which required placing bets against an imaginary rotating circle.
American casino goers tend to favor blackjack, video poker and slot machines more, while in Europe baccarat tends to garner more interest than roulette or other casino games such as keno. Still, roulette draws a crowd and remains a fixture at Monte Carlo and other European casinos.