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The name roulette means ‘little wheel’ in French so it’s no surprise to find out that this is where the game is thought to originate from. French physicist and mathematician Blaise Pascal is often credited with inventing the game during his quest to create the perpetual motion machine in the 17th century.
The first recorded instance of roulette as we know it today can be found in a French novel by Jacques Lablee which was written in 1796. It describes the game being played at the Palais Royale in Paris as having two betting spaces containing zero and double zero. Confusingly, these were also coloured red and black with the switch to green coming a few years later.
Some early American versions of roulette contained a zero, double zero and a slot depicting an American Eagle which was the house slot. The move to a single zero came in Germany in 1843 as a way to entice players to the game by giving improved odds of a win.
In the second half of the 19th Century, the popularity of roulette as a simple table game exploded across Europe and the US. The game became a top attraction in the gambling mecca for the elite of Europe, Monte Carlo.
This was the time when the single zero version became the main choice for European players. Meanwhile, the double zero version spread in the illegal gambling dens of the US and remains the version of choice in the Americas until today.
Although the basic principle of the game always remains the same, there are a few subtle differences in the setup of online roulette tables around the world. This is mainly thanks to the way the game developed separately in the US and Europe.
Here are some of the most popular versions of roulette enjoyed by players at online casinos today.
This is the most popular variant of roulette due to the smaller house edge that it provides. With 37 numbers including just one zero, it gives players slightly better odds than its American counterpart.
American roulette is similar to the European version in most ways but has the addition of the double zero on the wheel and table. This gives the house a slightly higher edge when compared to some other versions of online roulette.
It’s quite rare to find French Roulette at online casinos due to the game paying players half of their losing even money bets on the number zero. This gives the house a lower edge than most other versions of roulette online.
As the name suggests, this version features no zeros on the wheel or table at all which gives players improved odds of winning.
There are many online roulette variants which contain progressive jackpots to add an extra level of potential winnings to each spin. You can experience this for yourself by selecting Age of the Gods: Live Roulette from our live casino games lobby now.
There’s nothing quite like experiencing the thrill of a live roulette game by getting up close and personal with the shiny spinning wheel. That’s exactly what you can do right now thanks to the wide selection of roulette tables on offer in the live casino lobby.
Pull up a virtual stool and watch the ball spin in real-time via one of our high definition streams which are fronted by friendly and professional hosts. Using the latest technology to create a fully immersive table game experience, the games can show in-game stats and players can even choose their preferred camera angle.
You can join in any time you choose with live roulette games taking place around the clock. There are several variations of this classic table game for players to choose from including:
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This version takes roulette to a whole new level by adding 4 progressive jackpots into the mix. 1% of all bets in this ancient Greece themed table game contribute to the mighty prize fund.
There is no excuse to miss out on some sporting action thanks to this innovative roulette format where the live hosts discuss the latest footy scores and news.
If you like your table games fast then speed roulette is perfect for you. Players place their bets as the ball is in motion meaning that there’s no ‘dead time’ between spins.
The rules of roulette are easy to understand, which helps to explain the popularity of this table game around the world. Basic roulette gameplay involves the following 6 steps:
Step 1 - Pick a number, group of numbers or colour that you wish to bet on.
Step 2 - Choose how much you want to bet on the next spin of the wheel and remember to bet responsibly.
Step 3 - Tap or click to place your bet on the number, numbers or colour that you’ve chosen.
Step 4 - No more bets can be placed as the wheel starts to spin and ball is thrown.
Step 5 - Find out where the ball lands to discover if you are a winner or not.
Step 6 - If the ball lands on your number or colour your winnings will be shown instantly on the screen.
The true variation in online roulette gameplay comes from how players choose to place their bets on each spin. There are 3 types of roulette possible bets.
Inside Bets - bets on a single number (straight) or a combination of numbers across the roulette table.
Outside Bets - bets which cover a larger range of numbers such as choosing red or black, a whole column, odd or even numbers and more.
Called or Announced Bets - these are only used in European roulette where numbers are combined by their positions on the roulette wheel and not the table. This can cover up to 12 numbers for increased odds of landing a win.
In some variations of roulette, there may be side bets such as jackpots which bring some extra fun into each of your bets.
It’s good to know your chances of winning before you join one of the William Hill live casino roulette tables. To calculate this, you’ll need to know how the odds work in combination with the different types of bets and variations of this ever-popular table game.
The easiest odds to calculate are those where a bet is placed on a single number only, often called a straight bet. If playing European roulette there are 36 numbers plus the zero so you have a 1 in 37 chance (2.70%) of landing a win. American roulette has the additional double zero, making it a 1 in 38 chance (2.60%).
Beyond betting on a single number, there is a wide range of bets and therefore odds on offer at any online roulette table. The odds percentage for the various type of roulette bets breaks down like so:
Split - betting on 2 neighbouring numbers - 5.41% for European and 5.26% for American roulette.
Street - betting on a row of 3 numbers - 8.11% for European and 7.89% for American roulette.
Corner - betting on four numbers that form a square on the table - 10.81% for European and 10.53% for American roulette.
Double Street - betting on two rows of numbers, 6 in total - 16.22% for European and 15.79% for American Roulette.
Basket - betting on the zero, double zero, 1, 2, and 3 - 13.16% for American roulette only.
Even Bets - betting on red or black, even or odd, 1-18 or 19-36 - 48.65% for European and 47.37% for American roulette.
Column and Dozen - betting on 1-12, 13-24, 25-36 or on the first, second, or third column - 32.43% in European and 31.58% in American roulette.
Each player has their own favourite strategy for playing roulette at an online casino with a view to beating the house.
The most commonly used strategy is known as the Martingale strategy and essentially involves players increasing their bet after every loss. The logic is that when they eventually land a win the player will get their lost bets back and can then begin betting with the initial amount again.
Ultimately, how you play a game of online roulette is down to the player. The most important thing is to play responsibly at all times and only bet within your budget.
With so many different styles of online roulette tables and bet combinations available, it’s easy to see why this classic table game is still popular with casino players. Here at William Hill, we like to offer a great range of roulette variations for all our players to enjoy. You can even play roulette for free by playing online roulette for fun.
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