Impress Your Friends: Seven Facts About Roulette!

Roulette is a casino game you often see since it really puts luck into play, and gamblers are attracted to that. Interestingly enough, roulette was created back in 1655 by Blaise Pascal, who was a French physicist, mathematician, and inventor. Rather that inventing a machine for people to indulge in their gambling whims, Pascal was actually trying to create a perpetual motion machine. Thanks to his accidental genius, we have this highly entertaining game to play on our excursions to the casino. Want some more interesting facts on this chequered game? Read on for amazing trivia!


  1. In Ian Fleming’s series of James Bond books, Bond was an avid roulette player. This, however, was never portrayed in any of the movies. Bonds favorite number to bet on in roulette was 17. Sean Connery, who is well-known for portraying 007 on the big screen, once played roulette in Casino de la Vallee in Saint-Vincent, Italy. Here he bet on the number 17 multiple times in a row. The first 2 times the bet failed; however, the third time was the charm and 17 was a hit for him! Connery then proceeded to bet on 17 again and he won a second time in a row. Astonishingly, Connery chose to bet again and somehow managed to win on 17 three times in a row.

  2. You might have thought those odds were low for Connery, but in 2012, a roulette wheel in the Rio Casino in Las Vegas reportedly landed on the number 19 seven times in a row. The odds of this happening are roughly three billion to one. However, it has been suggested that this incident was due to a seating problem. Whatever the reason was for the number 19 being landed on seven times in a row that night, the winner sure had Lady Luck on their side!

  3. TV magician Derren Brown once tried to predict the outcome of a roulette table for his Channel 4 TV show in the UK. He predicted the number 8. The result was 30, which is directly next to number 8. So although Brown was wrong in his prediction, the locations of the predicted number and the actual number suggests that he may have found a method which allowed him to predict the outcome of the table.

  4. Roulette wheels that have not been correctly seated can result in uneven results. You can sometimes tell when a roulette wheel has been incorrectly seated by the way the light reflects from it. The next time you sit down at a roulette table, keep a sharp eye out and see if you can detect an improperly seated roulette wheel. If you manage to find one, you can definitely use this to your advantage.

  5. There is a variation on standard roulette known as California roulette. This version of the game was developed in order to get around anti-gambling laws in the state. It uses cards to pick the numbers rather than a roulette wheel.

  6. The phrase "the house always wins" is an apt one for roulette. The house always has an edge. American style tables may allow a "five" bet which allows you to cover squares one through three and the two zero squares. This particular bet gives a 7.89% advantage to the house, making it one of the worst possible bets. Keep this in mind the next time you want to try your hand at American style roulette.

  7. Roulette is sometimes known as the devil’s game due to the numbers on the wheel adding up to 666. Francois Blanc, who helped turn Monte Carlo into the casino capital of the world, was rumored to have sold his soul to the devil, who in turn revealed to him the secrets of roulette.


The next time you want to impress your friends on a night out to the casino, you can whip out all these extraordinary facts you’ve learned. Not only will they be fascinated with what you have to say, but they’ll also learn a thing or two for playing roulette to their advantage.

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