Roulette was first played in 17th century France, with a ball spinning on a numbered wooden wheel. The word Roulette actually means 'small wheel' in French.
It is very easy to learn to play roulette online, as all you need to do is pick a number, colour or other simple to understand spot on the table felt.
There are two main variations of roulette, commonly referred to as European & American. On an American roulette wheel, there are two green pockets, numbered '0' and '00'. A European roulette wheel only has the single green pocket, numbered '0', giving the casino slightly less of a house edge on outside bets such as red/black or odd/even.
To untrained eyes it would look like the numbered pockets are randomly placed around the roulette wheel. However they are carefully ordered in pairs totalling 37 or 39, alternating in pairs of two odd numbers then two even numbers around the circumference.
When played online, Roulette is purely a game of chance, however it can be fun to play with a betting strategy to have some fun.
Some popular roulette strategies are Voisins du Zero, Tiers and Orphelins. They refer to specific combinations of numbers that are located near each other on the roulette wheel.
The roulette strategy page at OnlineGamnbling.com gives a full explanation of these bet types.
It is very easy to play roulette online, and for this reason it has proven to be a very popular game at online casinos. This could be because online gameplay is much faster than waiting for a dealer to clear the table of chips and payout bets, or maybe because there is no chance for dealer error or biased spins.
Always play European roulette, not American roulette, unless you like to bet on the green numbers!