A person placing game chips on a Roulette table
Roulette is one of the most loved casino games and you’ll find it in almost every online casino. Despite its popularity, most Roulette players don’t know its history. For instance, the Roulette wheel was invented by Blaise Pascal in the 17th century. The game has been around ever since and is enjoyed by gamblers from all over the world.

Read on as we give you a rundown of some of the most interesting Roulette facts.

1. The European Roulette Wheel Used to Have Two Zeros

According to a description of the European Roulette wheel in a book published in 1796, there were originally 2 zeroes l. It is unclear when this wheel was modified to include one zero only. What we do know is that the original Roulette wheel was adopted by Germans who created a version of the game with 2 zeroes again. This was done to attract new players by offering them a version of Roulette that would provide them with better odds of winning. This made its way to Las Vegas, and today, we know it as American Roulette.

Interestingly enough, despite the initial claims made by whoever re-invented the Roulette wheel with 2 zeroes, this wheel has a higher house edge and a lower Return to Player rate than the European Roulette wheel.

2.  Roulette is Also Referred to As the “The Devil’s Game”

One of the most popular nicknames for Roulette is “The Devil’s Game.” Of course, there is nothing actually satanic about it. Instead, the game is called this because if you add all the numbers on a Roulette wheel, the total is 666, which is commonly known as the number of the beast, as per chapter 13 of the New Testament.

3. The Most Famous Roulette Bet Went As High as $135,000

The most famous Roulette bet is credited to Ashely Revell. An English gambler, Revell sold all of his possessions and gambled $135,000 on a single Roulette spin at the Plaza Hotel & Casino at Las Vegas. He placed his chips on red and when the ball ended up on the number 7, a red, Revell was able to double the money to $270,600! He then used his winnings to establish his own online poker company known as Poker UTD. Revell’s bet was also said to inspire the game show “Red or Black?” that ran from 2011 to 2012.

4. The Most Commonly Played Numbers are 17 and 22

If there are two numbers that are played most often in Roulette, they are 17 and 22. The number 17  is popular because of its association with James Bond. The character was a big fan of Roulette and would often play this number. Usually, though,  17 is played because it is positioned in the center of the table.

Another popular number is the number 22. This number is also associated with a famous casino scene in the movie Casablanca. It also appears in other movies such as Lost in America and Indecent Proposal.

5. Old American Roulette Tables Are Worth Thousands of Dollars

Some American Roulette tables contained numbers from 00, 0, 1, to 28. It also had a field carrying the Bald Eagle. This state symbol would be considered as a zero. However, these tables were not very well received and people did not want to play on them. Casinos then opted to replace them with the Roulette tables we know today. The old American tables are no longer in use but they are regarded as a collector’s item and valued up to thousands of dollars!

 A ball on the number 7 on a Roulette wheel
A ball placed in a pocket in a Roulette wheel

6. You Shouldn’t Drink at the Roulette Table

If you play casino games like Poker or Blackjack, you’ll know that it is common to have a drink on the table when you play these games. The same doesn’t hold true for when you are playing Roulette. It’s forbidden to place a drink at a Roulette table and is considered to be againstRoulette etiquette. You should wait to enjoy your drink after you have played here. It’s different when you play Roulette online, though. In this case, you can place your drink wherever you want.

7. The Most Expensive Roulette Table is Worth Half a Million Dollars

Roulette tables don’t come cheap. If you ever opt to buy the wheel along with the accessories, you’ll see that it can cost anywhere between $5,000 and $7,000. However, the most expensive Roulette is still nowhere close to this.  It is made entirely of pure gold and silver and was sold for half a million dollars!

8. The Record for the Same Number Hitting Consecutively Goes to the Number 19

Earlier, we mentioned that the numbers 17 and 22 are the most commonly played in Roulette. However, the record for the same number hitting consecutively actually goes to the number 19. This number hit consecutively 7 times in a row at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. The odds of this happening are only 1 in 3 billion!

9. Phillip Green Won £2 Million in a Single Night, Playing Roulette

While Revell is known for winning $270,600 in a single spin, Phillip Green, a media tycoon in London, won £2 million in one night at a casino in Mayfair. He got incredibly lucky and was able to win enough money to trigger a profit warning by the casino. He also won £1 million in subsequent sessions!

10. The Best Bet is Red or Black

Over the years, many players have invented a number of systems to try and win at Roulette. However, realistically speaking, there is no foolproof way to beat the casino and win at Roulette. Instead, you should stick to betting on red or black and see where that takes you.

And that brings our list of interesting Roulette facts to an end! Are you interested in learning more about how to play Roulette online? Keep following Full Roulette for more tips and advice!  

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