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The Unofficial Guide to Casino Gambling
by Basil Nestor
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Basil Nestor incorporates decades of gambling knowledge to give the reader insight into probability, common gambling mistakes, and winning strategies in his popular book, The Unofficial Guide to Casino Gambling.  Covering all the bases of casino gambling including machine games (slots and video poker), table games (blackjack, roulette, craps, baccarat, poker), and waiting games (keno and sports betting) the book also has sections on how to get casino comps, gambling systems, a history of gambling in the US, and much more.

History of Roulette

“Roulette” is a French word that means “little wheel.”

We don’t know who invented the original 38-slot gambling game, but we do know that it first appeared in ParisBasil NestorBasil Nestor is the author of the new Playboy Complete Guide to Casino Gambling. This wonderful book teaches players how to avoid sucker bets and win more when playing gambling games.  He is also the author of The Smarter Bet Guide series for video poker, slots, craps, and many other books about gambling.  Basil's website is  around 1796, and roulette with 37 slots debuted in 1842. Both versions came from French sources, but the former version became popular in the United States. So the 38-slot game is now called American roulette while European roulette is the 37-slot contest.

We’ll focus on the American game in the first articles in the series and then discuss the European version.

In 1842, French brothers Francois and Louis Blanc debuted the single-zero roulette wheel at their new casino in Hamburg (roulette was illegal in France at the time). The game was an instant hit, and it turned Hamburg into a popular gambling destination. Twenty-one year later, Francois repeated the success on even larger scale. He took his single-zero game to the impoverished country of Monaco and transformed Monte Carlo into an international sensation.
The preceding material is a portion of what you'll find in Basil Nestor's Unofficial Guide to Casino Gambling.
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