Resources on Game Room & Gaming
The History of Roulette
The history of roulette is not clear. It is known that Roman soldiers would sometimes tip a chariot on its side and spin one wheel, betting on where a mark on the wheel would stop. It is believed that French scientist and mathematician, Blaise Pascal, the inventor of probability theory, may have built a fairly modern-looking roulette wheel in the mid 1600s while experimenting with perpetual motion. By 1796 roulette wheels almost identical with modern wheels appeared in Paris casinos. This site traces the fascinating history of the roulette wheel in some detail up to modern times. In addition to the history of the roulette wheel, this site has contains articles on Roulette Strategy, How to Play Roulette, Roulette Odds, and a grounding in the language used in Roulette.
Learn about the history of the popular card game, Blackjack. The 52-card deck was originally called the French Pack. Blackjack actually originated from French games such as "chemin de fer" and "French Ferme" and was first played in French casinos in about 1700 where it was called "vingt-et-un" (twenty-and-one). It has been played in the U.S.A since the 1800's after they, along with England adopted the 52-card deck.
All About the Jukebox
This simple site details the history of the jukebox, noting the term "jook" was used to describe "jook joints" where poor Southern farm workers would go to drink and dance. The site features pictures of antique jukeboxes, and notes the importance of the jukebox for the recording careers of early rock and roll, blues, and rhythm and blues acts. Brand names such as AMI, Rock-Ola, Seeburg, and Wurlitzer, are celebrated on the site.
Here is an article about the disputed history of poker evolution. When the joker was introduced as a wild card in 1875, the European influence of poker ended. Further development of the game was essentially American. Site features sections about Texas hold-em strategies, college poker, poker news, hold-em poker articles, poker tournaments, poker players, poker strategy, poker hand rankings, poker trivia, poker promotions, poker questions and answers, poker tournament recaps, Texas hold-em downloads and Texas hold-em poker games.