It was the French civil and intellectual movements of the 17th and 18th century that made roulette socially acceptable. The name roulette comes from the French word "roue" (small wheel), an allusion to the heart of the game – the rotating disc in the roulette wheel. This is an ingenious precision machine equipped with 37 slots (zero and the numbers 1 to 36), coloured alternately in red and black or green (zero).
Place your Bets
Bets are placed on numbers on a felt-covered table, the tableau. The numbers correspond to those on the roulette wheel. You can place your chips (jetons) on numbers or combinations of numbers, on red or black or on even or odd numbers. While you're still placing your final bets, the croupier throws the ball onto the wheel in the opposite direction to the rotation of the disc and closes the betting by saying "No more bets!" The ball circles rapidly at first and then more and more slowly until the crucial point when it falls into a number slot. Absolutely fascinating!
Nice and Fair
Roulette is considered to be the fairest game of chance in the world. After all, approximately 98% of the bets placed will be paid out. Here in Wiesbaden, that's several millions of euros a day!
So off you go and "Place your bets" or, as they used to say, "Faites vos jeux!"