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The Game of Live Roulette

May 13, 2008
If you've ever been to a live casino before that offers more than just an army of slot machines, the chances are you've had a chance to witness the excitement that surrounds the live roulette wheel. Maybe you've been part of the action itself and felt the strange attraction people have to this game of chance in particular. Whether you've seen the game up close or not, though, chances are you're familiar with the wheel, it's array of black and red-framed numbers, and the little white ball that decides people's fate. Where did it come from, though, and how has the roulette wheel spent its time in existence?

A casino in Paris France was the first to present the modern roulette wheel back in 1796. It is thought that Blaise Pascal may have invented the Roulette game, although that has not been confirmed. Roulette is French word meaning little wheel, so the origins of roulette are almost certainly French.

In the 1800's the popular roulette wheel was adapted by American Casinos, after adding 31 to the normally 30 numbered slot European roulette wheel. Thus two types of roulette wheels were created, the "American", and the "European". Due to the European wheel having one less number, your chances of winning on it are better.

Since its inception, live roulette has become one of the most popular casino games for years. In Europe, it is much more popular than other games, due to the fact that the odds of winning are much better than with other games. In America, a general love of poker, which has been on the rise, recently, beats out the popularity of roulette. Its popularity has made it a staple in casinos, and it's unlikely that the roulette wheel will go anywhere anytime soon.

For a newcomer to the game of live roulette, the first point to note is that there are two main types of bets you can try on the roulette wheel. These correspond to the layout of the wheel itself. You may place an inside roulette bet, which takes into account the arrangement of numbers which run around the inside section of the roulette wheel.

The next type of bet is an outside bet, this bet is on black or red.

The betting fun is just beginning, within the two main types of roulette wheel betting, there are several additional types of play. You can bet on odd or even numbers, an individual number, or a group of numbers.

You may decide to watch how the different variations of play are bet on before starting to bet yourself. It does not take long to feel the excitement and see the fun of live roulette betting. Once you understand how the roulette wheel is played you will want to join in the fun.
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