The game of Roulette is a symbol of modern casinos. It was the 17th-century French invention, by none other than the famous French mathematician and physicist Blaise Pascal. Let us know more about who invented Roulette in the text below.
Who invented Roulette?
Although there are a few hypotheses about its origin, it is attributed to the French mathematician, who back in 1636 made a roulette wheel with 36 numbers, without the zero. He used it with his friends, for fun as he knew that launching it at a business level would not bring him benefits.
Blaise Pascal was also the first one to set up the foundations of what would be today’s calculators and PCs. He made up the first calculator, to help his father with the accounts. The machine, called Pascaline was similar to 1940’s mechanical calculators.
Years later, together with the French mathematician Pierre de Fermat, Pascal formulated the maths theory of probability. It has become of great importance in actuarial, mathematical and social statistics, as well as a fundamental element in the calculations of modern theoretical physics.
Pascal didn’t want to return to roulette strategy with a good reason. First of all, his invention would not be profitable because the bank did not have the chances to win. And finally, it only had the probability that the player would bet and lose. We would have to wait until the 19th century for a change.
In 1842, the Blanc brothers made changes to the roulette by adding a new number, 0. This is the Roulette that we know today with a prize ratio of 1/37, which leaves a margin for the house of 2.7%. Read more about Roulette here.
It was first shown at the Monte Carlo Casino
In this way, the Blanc brothers made changes to the Roulette wheel and made the bank more likely to win. So, roulette could be released in a casino and it was not in any casino, but at the Monte Carlo Casino, the first wheel of this kind in Europe.