Roulette is by far one of the most fascinating online gambling, wrapped in mysteries, superstitions, fantastic stories, real dramas and is probably the only game that truly transposes you into the luxurious life of Las Vegas. While slot games have a clear history and a well-defined ancestry, the origin of the Roulette game is still debated and with history digging to discover the true parents, fascinating and at the same time, intriguing topics have appeared.
Some subjects have their roots in facts about real roulette, but some are fantasy creations, processed and born of envy, which in time have led to irrational habits, false beliefs, and unattainable dreams. Self-confidence is an attitude that we should all approach, regardless of situation and purpose, while arrogance is not welcome anywhere, especially at gambling where your money is on the table. Stay with us to see if everything you know about roulette is true or myth. In this article, we will debate the most interesting topics about this game, from its history of over 100 years.
Seedling or creepy?
When it comes to Roulette, there are many more things you need to know before you start throwing money, just because “you heard from reliable sources that this strategy works”, or that you “know someone who did it”, just like in the movie and now he’s a billionaire.
Roulette – a French, Greek, Chinese or Romanian game?
Roulette is definitely a game of French origins, especially if it is to judge by its name and the hypothesis that stands best is that it was developed by the wonderful child of the 17th century, Blaise Pasqual, in his endeavor to create a car with perpetual motion. But at that time there were already two similar games of chance – Roly Poly and Even-Odd – of which the great mathematician was no stranger, being himself a great gambler (source: medium.com).
Some articles refer to an ancient Chinese game, which involved arranging 37 animal figurines in a square, the numbers of the boxes inside the square amounted to 666. The game was introduced in Europe by the Dominican monks. Other references are made to an ancient Roman game, which was allowed for Roman soldiers to raise their morale on the battlefield. The game involved rotating a shield or wheel, with different insignia, in front of an arrow, and the bettor had to guess the symbol that would stop in front of the arrow. Due to the lack of concrete evidence, it has been established that Blaise Pasqual is the true parent of the roulette game.
666 – Coincidence or association
Is it called the Devil’s Wheel because in a single twist it can send you to Hell, or is it the name of the game associated with the luxury and extravagance of Parisian gambling locations from the 17th century, banned by the Catholic church at that time? The connection between the Roulette and the Beast is one and it is accidental. Really? If we take the words of the believers, it means that the total numbers from the wheel of the game 666 is not accidental, but is a treaty between the famous mathematician Blaise Pascal and Devil, in order to create this game. But if we consider the version of early roulette, created by Pascal, it did not have a zero pocket. Most likely, the arrangement with the Beast was made by Francois and Louis Blanc, two French traders who are responsible for introducing pocket 0, to increase the chances of the casino.
The legendary 17
17 is one of the most played numbers on roulette and that is not what we say, but numerous studies on gambling. Is it James Bond’s influence because it’s a central number, easy to locate, or is it a reference to some of the biggest roulette winnings? Number 17 is guilty for making legendary winnings, especially for actor Sean Connery, who has won three consecutive bets on number 17, after initially losing 2 previous bets on the same number. The probability of winning three times in a row on a single number is 50,000: 1. Is the number 17 a mythical roulette number, did Sean Connery sell the devil’s soul, or did he make a deal with the dealer?
Smart cheats – facts about real roulette
It is said that lying and greed have short legs! One thing that could not be true for the Primrose Hill band, which managed to cheat the casinos at the roulette game and collect millions of dollars for 20 years. The band consisted of 3 older men who used a method called “top hatching” and consisted of placing a high-value chip on a number that the ball had just landed. The band played around the world, Australia, Las Vegas, Macau, where they used their method at each casino, and even if they were caught, they could not be charged because the casinos did not have clear evidence. Their end came with the decision to play and try to make the same scams at casinos in London, locations known for high stakes. (source: gclub-casino.com)
Smoking hurts badly!
Another scam which could become a profitable topic for Hollywood films, took place in France, somewhere in 1973. A dealer at Deauville Casino, who was also a fan of Hollywood, developed a radio transmitter, hidden in a pack of cigarettes and a receiver hidden in a roulette ball. Together with two close family members, his brother-in-law, and his sister, they started a scam marathon at the casino where he worked and managed to clear $1 million in just one week. His brother-in-law had to play at the table where our hero was a dealer and bet on a set of numbers with a 90% probability of winning, and his sister, sitting at another table, had to activate the transmitter.
Remember Einstein’s words!
Over time there were hundreds of geniuses who tried to beat the roulette. They have developed dozens of strategies, programs, thousands of calculations, but none have yielded a positive result and no strategy has been scientifically proven to work. Only at one glance cast at the roulette wheel, Elbert Einstien said: “You can’t win at the roulette unless you steal money when you don’t look at the dealer.” This quote was used in several books and was taken as a reference for several articles, but only the book “Gambling Secrets of Nick the Greek” revealed more about the interaction between the great mathematician and the Greek professional player. It seems that the Greek player, Dandolos Nick, was Einstein’s guide for a tour of the gambling capital and in the desire to prove his contrary, Nick bet on roulette, winning three times in a row. While collecting the winnings, he challenged Einstein with several questions, but received only one answer: “I was wondering if you are so kind to wash my mouth with soap.”
It will not be long and we will hear about other rumors of the roulette game, or who knows, maybe another band of smarty pies who will try their luck with small scams. Whatever it is, we are looking forward to it.