Roulette is a game of chance that takes place on a gambling table on which there is a disc divided into 37 boxes/sectors numbered from 0 to 36 (00 to 36 in the case of American roulette), colored red and black, the box with the number 0 is green, and a betting mat.

Sometimes red wins, sometimes black wins, but Blanc always wins.

How to play

The game consists of guessing which numbered sector the ball will stop on. There are different types of winning possibilities, and these are indicated on the betting mat: even/odd, red/black, exact number, pairs/squares of numbers, first third, second third, third third third, etc. to which corresponds individually a prize proportional to the risk of the bet.

What is gambling?

People bet, usually money or goods, on the outcome of a future event. The bet, once placed, cannot be withdrawn. The outcome of the bet is governed by chance. The skill of the player does not count.

In Italy, the oldest lottery dates back to the 16th century and still bears the same name: Lotto. In Genoa, for the first time in Italy, the game of Lotto was legalized in 1576, following a long unrecognized tradition of betting on many events (outcomes of Doges’ elections, marriages, sex of the unborn).
In Italy Betting on horse racing became a popular game of chance with the birth of Totip in 1948.

In Britain in the 12th and 13th centuries, betting on horse racing, now among the most popular forms of gambling, was called “the sport of kings.” But in 1661, the first law banning gambling was enacted, with the aim of preventing less well-off people from getting into debt.

In France the philosopher Blaise Pascal in the 16th century was the inventor of roulette.

In California in 1885 ‘American Charles Fay built the first SlotMachines.
(Source: Arnold P The Enrucionedio of Gomblino Chartwell Books 1977).
Roger Caillois (1913 – 1978) French writer, sociologist, anthropologist and literary critic wrote the best-known Classification of GAME (1962) in which the following definition appears: “ALEA games whose outcome can be determined solely by chance, as in the case of a coin toss, in betting, roulette, lottery… In these kinds of games: player skill is often irrelevant, chance is dominant, risk is always present.”

La Roulette in the Casino, from Monte-Carlo, 2nd Serie, print, Georges Goursat Sem (MET, 1982.1128.12) - license: CC0 1.0

How to build

  • n.1 pallet 120×180 with hole for roller (80 cm)
  • n.1 pallet 120×160 with hole for rolling cylinder
  • n. 2 cardboard table legs, 48×120 cm // The legs are created by overlapping and gluing rectangular panels of the appropriate size on top of each other up to the height of 48 cm (see: Assembly sheet)
  • 46 mm cardboard panel with half-circle cut at 130 degrees per 100 cm
  • Cardboard panel printed in green with casino table (100×90 cm)
  • Cardboard panel with game instructions for interactive simulation (120×20 cm)
  • Television or video projector with simulation projection screen
  • cylinder with roulette (80 cm in diameter)
  • roulette game chips


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