Gambling games- and games in general- are as old as human history, or even older. This article will deal with roulette history.In the 17th century Blaise Pascal made a primitive roulette wheel (the name is French for “little wheel”). He was attempting to construct a perpetual motion machine (but now, of course, we know that such a machine cannot be made)! The game is first known to have been played its present form in 1796. That year, Jacques Lablee described the game is his novel La Roulette, ou le Jour. At that time, there was already a French board game known by the name; the present game was formed by fusing that with three English wheel games and two Italian board games.Roly-poly, one of the English games that gave rise to roulette, was played in 1720. It used black and white slots and a spinning ball. EO (even and odd), first mentioned circa 1750, also used a wheel. But unlike roly-poly, it had forty sections, half marked even and half marked odd. Whichever side the ball came to rest on, the bank collected all the money staked on the opposite side. Biribi (also called cavagnole)-a “cheating game”-was played in southern France and Italy on a board with the numbers 1-70 marked; each player put his stakes on the number he wished to back. The hoca wheel was mounted on a table and was equipped with forty cups. He whose cup a rolled ball stopped in front of was declared the winner. Three of these cups belonged to the house itself.All these games that played a part in roulette history were outlawed at one time or another. EO was invented to bypass the English law prohibiting roly-poly, but it too was soon banned, as was biribi in France in 1837. On the other hand, hoca was sponsored by Cardinal Manzini, who saw the proceeds from the game as a potential source of wealth for the young Louis XIV; after the cardinal’s death, however, the death penalty was decreed for anyone found operating a hoca casino.Online roulette soon became popular following the advent of the World Wide Web in the 1990s. Roulette4Fun is a website where one can play online roulette for free; it features an animated wheel that looks three-dimensional. Users can also play for real and receive a large bonus at the William Hill Casino club.