Different casino games have been known for a pretty long time - even in 17th century very simple kinds of casinos were presented in some European countries. And at that time the roulette game was already known. Then it had only 36 numbers and the roulette wheel contained only pockets from 1 to 36.
Much later in 1842 a frenchman Louis Blanc had made an improvement to that widely used roulette wheel. He added a zero field and wheel with pockets from "0" to "36" allowed to increase the house odds to 2.7%. Lois Blanc was probably interested in such an increase, because he was the owner of the first casino in Monte Carlo. On the American continent casinos decided to increase the house odds even more and added another pocket to the roulette wheel - at first is was a sign of American eagle, but later a double zero sign became more usual.
So since those times, casinos all over the world have used two types of the roulette wheel - European roulette wheel and American roulette wheel. But that difference does not make the roulette game less popular. Casino gamblers all over the world love both types of the roulette game. Different casinos even started implementing video roulette machines, because of the game's huge popularity.
With the beginning of gambling on the internet the number of those who want to play roulette game became much bigger. Roulette game on the internet has just the same table layout as the real world casinos do and roulette wheels, that are used at online casinos, are also the same (sometimes you can meet both European and American types of roulette wheels at the same online casino), but it is much easier to play at the online casino. Therefore, you can play just the same game of roulette, but only with the advantages that the internet has to offer. The main advantage of online gambling is, of course, its availability, as you can be anywhere in the world and still gamble at the online casino. There is no need to go to Las Vegas to play roulette, because with the online casino you can easily make it from your own living room.
And, of course, during the whole history of roulette development there were people thinking about beating the wheel. And today with the online gambling the number of players who want to find a technique of beating the wheel in the roulette game is very big. On the internet you can meet offers of different winning strategies and roulette betting methods, and even such things as roulette bias system are represented.
But although the number of people in search for method of beating the wheel in roulette is so huge, and the different winning theories are numerous, beating the wheel is simply not possible. According to the theory of probability, roulette belongs to a family of the so-called "unbeatable" casino games. Such a fact means that in a long term only the casino wins. No matter how complex betting technique or any other method of beating the wheel is, a gambler loses in a long run. So the only thing you can rely on while playing roulette is your luck. Don't think about beating the wheel playing roulette. Just enjoy this wonderful game and maybe you will win someday.