The Wheel of Fortune: The History of Casino Roulette February 15, 2022 Rebecca Hamm The “little wheel” or “Roulette” as it is known in French, is the oldest casino game in the world. It was invented in 1796 by a French man named Blaise Pascal, in the beginning players bet on a number, a color, or a group of numbers, even or odd. Roulette is currently the third most popular online game in the casino , worldwide. A Turning Point In 1842, the number 0 was added to the roulette wheel by a man named Louis Blanc. This change was necessary to ensure that the house would have an advantage. King Charles III of Monaco exploited this home advantage to gain capital that his kingdom desperately needed when he opened new casinos. That’s how Monte Carlo earned its reputation for being almost a casino capital. Did you know … Did you know that if you add up all the numbers on the roulette wheel, you will get the 666 result, which is why it is known as the Devil’s Game. It is tradition for the dealer to place the ball in the number of the day of the date on which he is playing, this for the first round of the day. Bet on the five numbers: 00, 0, 1, 2, 3; will result in lesser chances in the roulette game. Poker Legends The song “The man who ruined a bank in Monte Carlo” was about a real man named Charles Jagger. He was an engineer who in 1873 spent his days secretly studying roulette in Monte Carlo, and later discovered that there was a pattern. He used this knowledge to his own advantage, thus earning $ 400,000 in just one week. Amazing!