Roulette is a gambling game in which numbers are guessed and grouped into different betting combinations that bring about different odds and payouts. It is a fun and exciting game that is easy to learn and understand.
Bets are placed by laying down chips on a special table map before the ball is spun. Players can bet on individual numbers, groups of numbers, colors red or black, or even or odd.
There are many fanciful stories about the origins of roulette. The most popular is that it was invented by a French math wizard and accomplished nerd called Blaise Pascal in the 17th century while he was working on a perpetual motion machine. Other sources suggest that the game may have originated in Ancient China, where it was played by arranging 37 animals into a magic square with numbers totaling 666, and brought to Europe by Dominican monks. Whatever its true origins, it is clear that the game quickly caught on and spread to other parts of Europe and beyond.
Today, roullete is played with a spinning wheel of 38 (or, on European/Latin American tables, 37) number divisions and a small ball. Players place bets by placing chips on a betting area and then rolling the ball into one of the numbers on the wheel.