Each gambling game is shrouded in a certain aura of mystery, a mixture of real facts, legends and myths. Roulette is no exception in this matter. Its origins date back almost to the times of Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome. They say that the soldiers at their leisure loved to have fun, placing bets and spinning either a wheel from a chariot or a shield. French roulette has a particularly complicated history, which is considered the ancestor of all other “Ferris wheels”: European and American. This is a certain paradox, because it finally appeared as a roulette with its own rules only in the middle of the twentieth century, when the ban on gambling was lifted in France. The most reliable is perhaps the fact that the term “roulette” itself is of French origin and is translated as “small wheel”.
Rumor attributes the invention of roulette to the famous mathematician Blaise Pascal. It is said that he made the first roulette wheel in 1655 to trick a perpetual motion machine (a very common hobby of scientists for many centuries). According to another version, he only theoretically substantiated the principle of its functioning, and others made the wheel of Fortune. However, the name of the mathematician is forever associated with roulette.
Roulette got its modern look in 1842, when the brothers Francois and Louis Blanc proposed to divide the playing field into 37 sectors, numbered from 1 to 36 and entering the cell “zero”. It is “zero”, as it is usually called, that gives a certain advantage to the casino. Actually, the differences in the rules of the game of all types of roulette “revolve” around him. But by that time, gambling was once again banned in France, and François Blanc opened his casino in Monte Carlo, where he was requested by the royal family. Since then, roulette has been “walking” around the planet, becoming the main attribute of gambling houses.
Having arrived a little late from other countries, the French, nevertheless, did not introduce the versions widespread at that time. The French roulette got its own rules and thus won back its position, which was originally prepared for it by history. Who first came up with them – history is silent, but it was thanks to them that it became very popular.
French roulette – rules:
First of all, you have to become a little French in order to sit down at the table where the French roulette is located. It can only be played using French terms. But the main difference, nevertheless, is not only in their use.
The En Prison and La Partage rules apply here. These rules are similar to each other and apply in the event of a “zero” on the wheel. This is what French roulette is all about. Playing it for money is not so painful. If the player bets on equal chances (red / black, even / odd, big / small) and sends the bet “to prison”, then if the ball stops on the “zero” sector, the player has the right to either take back half of his bet, or leave them further in the game. The same goes for the second rule. Here you can also get back half of your money in case of “zero”. Because of this innovation, the advantage of the casino is reduced to 1.35% (in the European version it is 2.7%, in the American – up to 5.26%). Some casinos offer these two rules when playing European roulette, but this is only a sign of the French “ferris wheel”. French roulette,
Another difference of this type of roulette is that bets can be made during the rotation of the wheel, until the dealer announces the termination of accepting bets. True, online French roulette does not have such an advantage. In this case, you can only place bets before the start of the game.
For a beginner player, such a “weakness” is quite at hand, because first you can try your luck on French roulette, and then move on to more “hard” European and American option