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Today’s Gambling Trivia: Roulette

Last updated: June 24, 2010 at 12:09 pm. Posted by in Caesars Palace, Gaming, Las Vegas Casinos, Paris Las Vegas. Comments Off on Today’s Gambling Trivia: Roulette.

Roulette has a long and storied history. It’s thought to be an amalgam of the English wheel games Ace of Hearts, E.O., Roly-Poly and Reiner.

Also in the mix were the Italian board games of Hoca and Biribi. Oh, and there was also a French board game called “Roulette” that preceded the advent of roulette as we know it today.

Bonus factoid: The first time a modern roulette wheel was used in a casino was in Paris in 1796. (No, not this Paris.)

Roulette layout

Bonus bonus factoid: "Roulette" is French for "little wheel."

We snagged that photo yesterday at Caesars Palace, which, like roulette, also has a long and storied history. Ah, the circularity of the universe.

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