Fun, Fast Facts About Roulette
Roulette was invented by French mathematician Blaise Pascal, a byproduct of his experiments with perpetual motion.
The French version of roulette has a single zero, while the American style has a double zero. (Although you can still find wheels with one zero in some American casinos, even on the Strip!)
In some forms of early American roulette, an American eagle was used instead of the double-zero.
Roulette has been called the “King of Casino Games.”
In 2004, Ashley Revell of London sold all his possessions and brought $135,300 to the Plaza Hotel in Vegas and put it all on “red.” Revell walked away with his net-worth doubled.
The cloth covering with the betting areas on a roulette table is known as a “layout.”
Roulette has been featured in a number of successful feature films, including “Diamonds are Forever” and “Casablanca.”
Perhaps not surprisingly, “roulette” is French for “little wheel.”
A bet on an individual number in roulette is called a “straight-up” bet.
The plastic marker a roulette dealer uses to signify the winning number is called a “dolly.”