The gambling potential of roulette was identified pretty early. In the French heartland of Paris, roulette has been practiced in its current form. An early depiction of the present form of roulette can be found in one of the French novels by Jaques Lablee. An earlier reference is available in the regulations for Quebec where gaming of hoca, faro, dice and roulette were banned. The risk-taking gambling aspect of roulette was behind its frequent banning. This style invented by Pascal remained intact until 1843. Two Frenchmen Louis and Francois Blanc, in Homburg, the German casino town introduced their adaptation of roulette that followed the single “0” method in roulette wheel. This addition of 0 will increase these house odds for winning. They tried to create a new style with the intention of competing against the other casinos that offered the conventional wheel with double and single zero pockets.
In some of the primitive American roulette wheels there were the numbers from 1 to 28, along with the single zero, the double zero as well as the American eagle. This can be found in the Hoyle gambling book in the 1886. In accordance with Hoyle, the single zero and the double zero together with the eagle are never the bars. But if the ball drops into any of them, the player can sweep everything upon that table.
During the 1800s, all over the Europe and United States of America, the game roulette started to spread. It rose to popularity and became one of the most renowned casino games ever. After the German rule put an end to gambling during the 1860s, the Blanc family decided to move to the last remaining legal casino operation of Europe in Monte Carlo. With them Monte Carlo became the new gambling Mecca for those elite Europeans. It is in this place that this single zero roulette gained mass favor and became a premier casino game. Over a few years this roulette was exported all around the globe. But the double zero roulette remained dominant in the United States. Roulette is known as the “King of Casino Games”. It earned its name probably because of its association with the splendor of those casinos of Monte Carlo.
Legend has it that Francois Blanc allegedly negotiated with the Devil so as to access the secrets of the game of roulette. This legend partly derived depending on the detail that the total of the numbers, from 0 to 36, on the roulette wheel comes to 666. This is believed to be the “Number of the beast”.