# The Basics of Roulette

Roulette is a casino game that has been around for hundreds of years. It is a table game that has many different rules and variations.

The most popular variation of roulette is European Roulette. It differs from American roulette because it only has one zero, which dramatically reduces the house edge to 2.7%.

## Origins

There are many different theories surrounding the origins of Roulette. Some believe that it was invented by the 17th century French mathematician Blaise Pascal as part of his quest to create a wheel that would demonstrate perpetual motion. Others claim that it was derived from older games such as Roly Polyy and Even/Odd.

These claims are difficult to prove. However, if we assume that the game originated in France (the clue is in its name, it literally means “small wheel”), then it makes sense that it was developed from existing spinning wheel gambling games like roly-poly and even-odd. There are also stories that suggest the game was invented by Roman soldiers, who often played gambling games to keep themselves entertained while on the march. These games were similar to the modern-day version of Roulette and involved shields that had symbols on them, which were spun on the ground and arrows placed next to them, with bets placed on which symbol the arrow would point to.

## Variations

There are many different roulette variants that players can choose from. Some have a friendly house edge while others offer huge payouts. The best variant to play depends on your experience level and skill. If you are a beginner, the best option is to stick with the European version which has a single zero pocket and a low house edge of 2.7%. If you are an experienced player, you can try games that have special betting rules and bets.

## Bets

In roulette, outside bets are placed on options found around the edge of the board. They have lower payouts than inside bets, but they offer higher odds of winning. A full complete bet covers 12 numbers (placed as 6 splits) that cover a third of the wheel, or le tiers du cylindre. It is the best bet to place on a single-zero wheel, beating voisins and orphelins bets by a large margin.

Another popular option is the James Bond betting strategy, which involves placing a small bet on green and repeating this sequence every spin. It’s important to set limits for this strategy, as it can quickly get out of hand if you don’t.