Roulette is one of the most popular casino games out there, and the millions of players who take their turn to spin the wheel daily will understand why. It’s fun, fast-paced, intense, arguably doesn’t require a huge load of skills, and it can seriously pay out.
We thought we’d bring some of the interesting facts about roulette that you may not know to the table to show you a different dimension of the game.
1. The original wheel design has an interesting layout history
Everyone can see that red and black colours alternate on the wheel. But what is less obvious is the fact that pairs of odd and even numbers alternate – meaning that pairs of high and low alternate. And every odd number has its even successor directly across it on the wheel.
2. European roulette vs. American roulette
If you’re heading to the US for a gambling holiday, it’s well worth noting that European roulette offers a better chance of winning than American roulette, because the American roulette wheel has not one but two zeros. That means your chances of betting on a winning number are 1 in 37 (2.70%) with European roulette and 2 in 38 (5.26%) with American roulette.
3. James Bond was a huge roulette fan
If you’re a fan of the James Bond films, you might be surprised to learn that the leading hero was a huge roulette fan, as this big feature of the character in the books written by Ian Flemming never made it into the films. In the books, Bonds lucky number was 17. Also interesting, Sean Connery, one of the actors who has bought Bond to life over the years is a huge roulette fan, and when he was filming one of the movies, once won $300,000 in an Italian casino.
4. The origins of roulette wheels date back to France
Famous French philosopher, and mathematician Blaise Pascal had a lifelong fascination with perpetual motion machines. Inspired by an English game called roly-poly, he invented roulette in the 18th century. The ‘spinning wheel’ therefore appears to originate in England, but its French roots remain strong.
5. Long odds and lucky streaks
Every spin of the roulette wheel is totally unrelated to previous outcomes, meaning winning with a certain number or colour doesn’t increase or decrease the likelihood that the number or colour will be a winner the next time. With that said, it is still possible to experience runs of either good or bad luck while you play roulette. The chances that the same colour will hit 10 times in succession are one in 1,024. Despite the long odds, the colour red once hit 36 times in a row in Bristol, England. The record for the number of times the same number hit in a row is held by the Rio Casino, Nevada.