History of roulette: the origins

When can we date the history of roulette? The history of roulette begins in Italy.

 First it was called “girella” and the legend says that it was the ancient Romans who first played with it using a shield and a spear as a support hinge. Other legends say that it was the Chinese who created it or, more likely, to perfect the swivel.

Roulette as we know it today was imported into France in the 1700s, and the well-known scholar Blaise Pascal modified its rules, studying its perpetual motion and adding a ball of ivory. 


If Pascal had modified roulette for more scientific studies, the French did not think so, and towards the end of the eighteenth century French gambling halls all had roulette. 
The history of roulette, however, is not over yet: in the early 1800s the French brought roulette to all the gambling halls of New Orleans, thus founding the first casinos in the United States.

Do you know when the first Italian casino was founded? In Sanremo, in 1905. And do you know when Russian roulette arrived online? Only in 2004. Don’t you find it absurd? The history of roulette is clear, it is not a French invention, yet it is thanks to them that roulette has become so famous.