How To Play a Casino Roulette

Live Casino Roulette - Who Invented?

By Carlo Abela

Blaise Pascal, in the 17th Century. A French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and a Christian philosopher, Blaise Pascal was born on the 19th of June, 1623, in Clermont-Ferrand, France. He was the only son to Etienne and Antoinette Pascal, being the third of four children.

When he was only three years old, his mother, Antoinette, passed away, and he was educated by his father. Etienne Pascal was a tax collector, and also a talented mathematician. Etienne recognized his son showed an amazing aptitude for mathematics and science.

In 1642, as a teenager, he streamed groundbreaking inventions and discoveries. This child prodigy pioneered on calculating machines with the aim of making his father's job, that of collecting taxes, easier. After years of effort, and fifty prototypes, he built his Pascal calculators, which were later known as Pascalines. The Pascaline was capable of adding, subtracting, dividing and multiplying. Unfortunately, just a year of it going into production, the product was terminated mainly due to its size, and its extraordinarily high price. However, he had established himself as one of the first inventors of mechanical calculators.

In the 17th century, he worked to create a perpetual motion machine, with the purpose of producing more energy than it used. In 1655, during his search for this wonder machine, he had introduced a wheel. After being modified substantially, Pascal's Roulette machine was born. Its name was derived from the French word for "little wheel."After corresponding with mathematical theorist, Pierre de Fermat, in the beginning of 1654, which overlapped his work on the Roulette machine, Pascal discovered the basis of the mathematical theory of probability. This stated that events, and their outcome, did not occur randomly.

From a young age, he had poor health and lived most of his adult life in great pain. As a teen, he struggled with insomnia, migraine and digestive disorders. Pascal's constant work on his already fragile health, took its toll, which could also explain his rather complex personality.

His death occurred in the morning on the 19th of August, 1662, just two months after his thirty-ninth birthday, at one of his sister's house, in Paris. His last words being "May God never abandon me". He was buried in the cemetery of Saint-Etienne-du-Mont. Pascal's death was attributed to a malignant stomach tumor, which had spread, badly damaging his brain.

Blaise Pascal left many legacies to his name. His knowledge developed areas in geometry, physics and computer science. His important work influenced great minds of the time, like Sir Isaac Newton, which lead him to uncover his "general binomial theorem for fractional and negative powers."

Quotes by Blaise Pascal.

"I have made this letter longer than usual because I lack the time to make it shorter."
"Men despise religion. They hate it and are afraid it may be true."
"Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much."
And the most quoted of all..."No more bets, please." This isn't really a Blaise Pascal quote, but since it seems aptly suited here, I had to include it.

Strategy to Play Roulette

Can you really WIN playing Roulette? The answer is YES. On the other hand, can you really lose playing Roulette? The answer is YES, too.

However, it is also true that you can help yourself around the game. The best way to minimize loses is by applying a strategy to sway favour to your side, but that isn't a 100% guarantee that you will win at every spin.

Some gurus urge you to be patient and study the order of the colours the ball stops on. When you think you have some sort of pattern going, then choose your colour, choose your number. To clarify that a bit better, should a string of Red, Black, Red, Black come out in sequence, always according to certain gurus, chances are that the colour Red is due next. Possibility, yes, but the probability is 50% on that. Obviously, the string of Black, Red, Black, Red in a sequence also follows suit, meaning that Black is most likely to be the next colour. What follows depends on if you were wearing your lucky socks, or not.

At this point, it would be very wise to bet a small amount, say a $20, as getting it wrong would bring your betting momentum to a standstill, apart from spoiling your experience, and rip a hole in your pocket. If luck's on your side, then it would make sense to increment on that as you go along, but don't throw caution to the air and bet huge amounts.

The Best Way How To Play Roulette

You might ask yourself, which is the best way to play roulette on, in a real life casino, or an online one? Well, they both have a wheel going round and a little white ball which calls into one of the numbered pockets. However, there are a number of differences involved. In the case of the live casino, you can smile at the dealer, and the dealer can smile at you. This doesn't happen when you're playing the game online. Apart from that, once you're next to the wheel, you can see it go round, you can hear it go round, and you can hear and see the ball in which little pouch it decides to drop into. Following the game through an online casino, most of this will be lost, unless the cameras set up are of a good quality. Some are so poor, you can hardly make out the dealer's face, let alone the wheel, the numbers, and worse still, the ball becomes nearly invisible. Under these circumstances, playing this game is no fun at all.

Should you wish to play Roulette via an online casino, make sure the camera work is of the standards expected. A few online casinos have good quality video coverage, but unfortunately, the majority don't. Not only the video is so bad that you aren't able to see anything apart from a dealer moving about isn't bad enough, the audio might be hurting your ears, and even if the language spoken should be English, it sounds like it's anything but.

It's a question of numbers, it's a question of chance, it's a question of strategy, but overall, it's a question of chance.

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For all those newbies out there, here is a down-to-Earth approach about the famous roulette game.

Legend has it that the devil was involved in the making of the game, and for those who enjoy their hairs standing on end, the total of the numbers on the wheel adds to 666. Is it pure coincidence, or was the devil actually involved? Perhaps we'll never know.

The game basically consists of a rotating wheel which has numbered pockets. In the European version, the numbers are from 1 to 36, in a seemingly random way, and alternate between the colours red, and black. There is also one pouch marked Zero, in green, making the total number of pouches to 37. In the American version, there are two Zero pouches, making the total number of pouches to that of 38.

They are usually six to eight seats at the roulette table, and these players play against the House, which is represented by a dealer, or croupier. The croupier's role is to spin the roulette wheel and to handle both the wagers, and the payouts. Each of these players is given different coloured chips. This is to help differentiate between them, and avoid confusion. These chips would be purchased at the table itself, and each table would have its own minimum chip values, as shown on a sign close by. The value of the chips is imprinted on them, and there are several denominations. The minimum bet, which is stipulated by the casino, could be a dollar, or a Euro, but this varies between tables.

To clarify this, if you give the dealer a €20 bill to be exchanged, you would be asked how you wanted the chips. If you prefer these to be of €1 each, you will end up with a total of twenty pieces. If you don't want so many pieces, you could ask for €5 chips, in which case, you'll end up with only four.

Once you decide to try your hand, a sign on the table will be your guide. This would specify the minimum amount you are required to bet. If it says 'Inside €2 minimum', that means you need to bet at least this amount on any of the 37 individual numbers themselves, which are printed on a mat. Should you have €1 chips, you would need to use two of these. 'Inside' bets are those bets placed on specific numbers on the mat.

On the same sign, there will also be an 'outside minimum' bet amount. Should this be €2 once more, this means that the minimum amount you can bet on the outside of the numbers area has to be at least that of €2. However, on the outside bets, you can't make two different bets of €1 each to meet the minimum. Here, you have to play the €2 as one bet.

On the table, apart from the numbers, some more options are also available, which are the 'outside bets', as follows:

1st 12, 2nd 12, 3rd 12, 1-18, 19-36, Even, Odd, Black, and Red.

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After the formalities have been taken care of, that is after having exchanged your money for colour chips, you can place your first bet. Excited? You should be, as it is part of the fun. Tensions rise, and so does your blood pressure, but it's all in the game.

To play this game, all you need to do is to place your bet, or bets, on the number(s) of your choice, which also includes the zero. These could be either on the inside, or on the outside. Once everybody around the table has placed their bets, the croupier spins the wheel, and launches the ball. A few moments before the ball settles in one of the slots, the croupier says 'no more bets'. At that point, fingers can be crossed, and breath is held until the ball chooses which pouch it decides to drop into. When the 'no more bets' is called, none of the players can bet, or even change their bets, until the ball drops. Once the croupier places the dolly, or marker, on the winning number, and clears the losing bets, patrons can then again place new bets, while the winner is being paid. A winner is that person who's betting number tallies with where the ball has dropped into a particular pouch. Should the number be on the outside, and bets have been placed here, then whoever placed any bets there will also be a winner.

Roulette is a very favourite game with people frequenting casinos, because it seems like a pretty straightforward game, and the chances of winning on a number are relatively high, as opposed to playing on a slot machine.

As such, the object of the game is to predict where the ball will land. Luck plays an important role here, and taking the logical approach can occasionally leave you quite frustrated. Some players tend to stick with their favourite numbers, and will play spin after spin hoping for their lucky numbers to come up, or drop down, as the case might be. The learned ones tend to bet on different numbers in order to increase their winning chances at every spin, however, the payout is considerably reduced this way. For the elite, specific methods are used.

You can decide how many chips to place on the number, or numbers, of your choice, and these amounts vary depending on the casino's policies.

Once you decide to leave the table, and eventually the casino, you are expected to return the chips, and you'll get their worth back in actual cash.

This game is one of pure chance, and your luck could be in, so, "Place Your Bets", and who knows, you could be playing against the Devil...and win!