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Roulette is said by some to have been started or invented way back in
1655 by the French scientist Blaise Pascal, during his monastic retreat,
and first played in a makeshift casino in Paris. Other historians claim
however that a French monk invented it in order to help break some of
the monotony of daily monastery life. Still others say it originated in
an old Chinese game whose object was to arrange 37 statuettes of animals
in a "magic square" of 666 (but they fail to describe the method
of play). They add that the game was later played in Tibet, and eventually
by French Dominican monks. One of these monks is said to have transposed
the statuettes into numbers from 0 to 36, and arranged them haphazardly
along the rim of a revolving wheel. Since the early French roulette wheels
of the 1800s had both the 0 and 00, this theory does not sound plausible.
The history of roulette thus remains a bit shrouded in mystery. Claims
and counter-claims over the years have not helped to solve many of the
riddles and missing links surrounding the game, and undoubtedly, the true
origin of the game will remain a mystery forever.
The modern version of the Roulette wheel did not appear until around
1842 when Frenchmen Francois and Louis Blanc are said to have invented
the single "0" roulette game. Eventually, the game was brought
to America. However, the single "0" modification was rejected
in the United States and roulette history was altered forever with American
roulette wheels being made standard with the two zeros "00".
Although both the double zero and single zero wheels originated in France,
the double zero became known as the "American Wheel," because
it was accepted with open arms and survived in the states. The popularity
of the single zero wheel had supplanted the double zero wheels in Europe
and consequently was dubbed the "French Wheel." Roulette is
the oldest casino game still in existence today.