Roulette

Roulette is considered to be a very popular casino game all over the world. Its presence is constant across borders as one can play roulette whether in Las Vegas or in many areas in Europe. The game is very simple and easy to understand and to be liked by anyone across varied social standings, age and even across gender. Knowing a little about the history of roulette is a good way to start learning and enjoying the game.With the advent of online casinos one can enjoy the pleasure of being able to play casino games in the comfort of their very own homes. Even in this virtual location, roulette is one of the crowd’s favorites. The simple rules and mechanics paired off with the chances of getting a shot at a winning streak or two are exciting additions to the whole package.

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The born of the Roulette game

Blaise Pascal, who has been known to us as one of the best mathematicians and scientists of all time, was actually one of the first proponents of the roulette tables that are scattered in all the casino locations we can get to. In his then ultimate source of the machine of perpetual motion, he accidentally presented a variation of the present casino roulette.

The history of roulette goes back a long way indeed. The way it is presently being played is how it has been played ever since 1796 in Paris, France. A description of the roulette wheel includes that of the house pockets and the layout. The description can be found in a book that was published in 1801. When the regulations for New France or Quebec were published, there was a reference to roulette where it was banned along with the games of dice, faro and hoca.

In the German town of Homburg, two Frenchmen set up a single 0 style of roulette wheel game in 1843. This was a unique feature to compete with the traditional wheels of single and double zero house pockets that were offered by the other casinos in the area. The earlier forms of American roulette showcased numbers 1 to 28 along with a single and double zero as well as an American eagle. If the ball landed on any of the zeros or the eagle the banker swept everything off the table.

Due to cheating in the earlier years of the roulette wheels in the United States, the wheel was designed to be on top of a table in order to keep it away from having certain devices placed in the table or the wheel. The whole layout was simplified in the long run. This marked the beginning of the American version of roulette. The history of roulette is far from being all-American considering how its humble beginnings are rooted in the annals of the French lifestyle. However, more and more casinos and roulette wheels are being set up all over America that it might not be so hard for most people to think that the roulette game actually started as an American game.

Blackjack

Like most card games, Blackjack has a long and varied history. Unfortunately, the full history has not been discovered, even to this day. It is commonly believed that the early beginnings of blackjack originated in France during the 17th century. It was then known as Vingt en Un, which means “21.” The goal of the Vingt en Un player was to get a “natural,” or a hand of 21. While the goal of a hand of “21” was the same as the goal in blackjack, other parts of the game were quite different.

Blackjack was brought to the United States in the early 1800s. Initially, the game was not very popular. To get more players, gambling houses tried bonus payouts that were given to the player if he got the Jack of Spades and the Ace of Spades as his first two cards. This resulted in the game being called “blackjack.” There were no laws at the time prohibiting card games, so blackjack soon became very popular.

Blackjack professional appear

Professional gamblers noticed right away the great potential of the game, and soon they developed a basic strategy for improving their odds of winning.

Early in the 19th century, blackjack went underground as the U.S. government decided that gambling corrupted society and led to organized crime, so it banned and outlawed gambling activities. However, instead of interest in the game decreasing, it increased and the game became even more popular. In 1931, Nevada decided to legalize gambling, and Las Vegas was born.

As blackjack interest increased, the fields of science and math began to investigate. While Roger Baldwin was the first person to study blackjack and come up with strategies to win the game, the person who is considered to have written the first card-counting system is Edward O. Thorp. He used new machines and calculating systems and in 1962 published a book entitled “Beat the Dealer” in which the first actual blackjack card counting system was written. It became a huge success and took first place on the New York Times bestseller list.

Casinos were terrified. They quickly devised plans to minimize the damage and soon after modified the blackjack rules. Because Thorpe’s book was too hard to understand, all it really did was increase the popularity of the game. After realizing that Thorpe’s book was not a threat to them, casinos went back to the use of traditional blackjack.

Unfortunately, the threat returned in the mid 1970s in a man named Ken Uston. He and his colleagues inserted computers in their shoes and used them to count cards, winning thousands of dollars every month playing blackjack in Nevada. The threat returned again in the 1990s, when a group known as The MIT Blackjack Team made millions of dollars using card-counting techniques.
While no one really knows the complete history of the game of blackjack, it has become one of the most popular casino card games in American history. While it has had a past full of ups and downs, it still remains one of the most played casino card games. Its newest evolution has moved it into the online genre, where today it is played by millions of people all over the world.

Baccarat

One of the oldest games still played, Baccarat is has an interesting history dating back hundreds of years. According to much of the written Baccarat history, the game dates back to 1490AD and its’ name comes from the Italian word for ‘zero’. There are two interesting stories of how the game was invented, with one of them being based on mythology and the other about an Italian gambler.

The mythology behind Baccarat

The mythology behind Baccarat history is about a blonde virgin who was to perform an old Etruscan ritual with nine gods waiting anxiously for her fate to be revealed. The gods waited on their tiptoes while the virgin rolled a nine sided die. Once the die landed, her fate was set. Landing on the 8 or the 9 would mean the virgin would become a priestess. If the die landed on the 6 or the 7 she would be outcast by the church and banned from all religious activities from that day on. The virgin’s fate was not so good if the die were to land on any number lower than a 6, because it would mean that her fate was to walk into the sea and parish.

During the early years of Baccarat the game was only played by nobleman and was played in secrecy because it was illegal. After France realized how much money was changing hands, they made it legal and started taxing the winnings. The tax was then used to develop poor areas of the country. Around the time Napoleon held rule of France Baccarat was once again made illegal but after Napoleon’s reign ended the game was legalized again and began being played in casinos.

Baccarat was an extremely popular game and people all over Europe starting playing and the popularity spread outside of Europe. South America was the first area west of the Atlantic Ocean where Baccarat was played.