Roulette is one of casino gaming’s biggest staples. It’s right up there with poker, blackjack, craps and slots in this regard. But for all of its prominence in society and popular culture, there’s quite a bit of roulette-related mythology that the average person has no knowledge of. If you’re among that group, then you’ve come to the right place. Just sit back, relax, and read on to get yourself in the loop—or in this case, wheel.
- The Devil’s Wheel
Have you ever wondered why a roulette wheel is numbered from 0-36 in the European version of the game, and 00-36 in the American edition? Isn’t it a bit of a random designation? And why would it use 0 or 00 instead of 37 and 38?
Well, just do the math.
Added together, the numbers on both types of roulette wheels have a sum of 666—also known as “the number of the Beast,” and a symbol that is commonly associated with the Antichrist and devil. As legend has it, a pair of French brothers named François and Louis Blanc, who are responsible for the invention of the single-zero game, struck a deal with the devil for the secrets of roulette, and used it to popularize the Monte Carlo casinos they ran. The numerical coincidence adds to the mystique of it all and has helped the nickname “The Devil’s Wheel” stick through the years.
- No-Go in Copper and Golden States
If you’ve arrived at a casino in Arizona or California hoping to play some traditional roulette, you’ll be somewhat disappointed. State laws prohibit all gambling games where the outcome is decided by dice or balls, meaning that roulette is off the table in these sunny locals.
Or is it? Although the ‘wheel and ball’ method of roulette playing has been banned in both cases, California eventually worked around it by originating its own alternative: California Roulette. It’s played identically to roulette, except instead of results being determined by the ball position on the wheel, that process happens with a deck of 38 cards that mimic the wheel’s probabilities. California Roulette gets played in Arizona as well, as does video roulette, which makes the cut, legally speaking.Continue Reading