Roulette Wheels

Written by James Lyons
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Roulette wheels are a display piece in many homes. Many antique collectors actually like to find and restore old wheels, using them as display pieces in their homes. Most people who buy roulette wheels, however, have more on their mind than aesthetic value. They are more interested in entertaining and having a good time. I personally fall in the latter category.

The game of roulette stretches back a long time, back into the 1700s. Its popularity has swelled nearly every year since its creation. Unlike craps and poker, roulette doesn't take a long time to learn. You can learn and effectively play the roulette wheels in a few minutes.

History of Roulette Wheels

Not surprisingly, roulette is a French word that means "small wheel." A number of interesting stories exist about the origin of roulette, the most popular of which involves a man by the name of Blaise Pascal. This 17th century French mathematician is credited with the invention of roulette. The application of the roulette wheel was a bit of an accident as Pascal was trying to create a device capable of creating perpetual motion. Pascal's friend believed the device could be used in gambling.

Another legend is a little far fetched, but it's amusing to mention. If you add all the numbers on a roulette wheel together, you get the number 666, the sign of the devil. Many mystic gamblers believe the great Francois Blanc, founder of the first casinos in Monte Carlo, sold his soul to Satan. In return, Satan gave him the irresistible game of roulette. Some believe the spinning of roulette wheels signifies the downward spiral into hell. Whatever the real origin of roulette may be, it is indisputably irresistible.


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