Developed in the 18th century in France, roulette is a game of chance whose playing field is a small, wooden wheel with 37 (or 38 in America) “pockets”, numbered the digits 0 through 36 (with roulette wheels in America including a 00 pocket).
First, players place their bets, on either one or multiple pockets. The house representative spins the wheel, then spins a small white ball in the opposite direction. Once the ball loses momentum and eventually settles into one of the pockets, whoever bet on that pocket is given their winnings, and the cycles starts again.
Roulette became one of the top casino games in the 19th century, when it exploded across America and Europe.
The historical game that most closely resembles bingo is the French Le Lotto, from the late 18th century.
Bingo was only standardized in the early 1920s, when the form and rules of the game were solidified by Hugh J. Ward. Ward put the game in carnivals and the like in the areas around Western Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh.
A man by the name of Edward Lowe eventually brought the game – then called Beano – to New York, and from there is spread across the United States.
Similarities Between the Two
Being games of chance, what really brings both roulette and bingo to life is the social atmosphere that they provide. The format of the games means that the competition between the players is not direct competition, like in traditional sports, but rather an indirect form of competition. In bingo jackpot games as well as roulette, all the players involved are essentially competing against the house, and thus a sort of camaraderie coalesces.
Whereas in a traditional sport like football, two teams are competing directly against one another – one team scoring means that the other team’s defense wasn’t up to the task of stopping them, and this can lead to some animosity between teams.
In roulette and bingo, nothing that happens in the game is personal. One person winning off betting black 22 did not affect the other’s bet of red 11, as the result would have been the same for that second person regardless of the first individual’s bet. In bingo, when one person fills in a square, that doesn’t mean that everyone else failed in some way – others might even have filled in the same square that turn!
This relaxed accepting mindset is part of what makes these two games so enjoyable – they both promote an environment where everyone can win, and all of the players are in it together.
Of course, in all social situations, how enjoyable a time you have is determined by the people you are with, and this is true of both roulette and bingo as well. As long as everyone involved understands the game, the emergent camaraderie and good spirits will ensure that your evening is a pleasant one. So whether you’re playing roulette or bingo, remember – you’re all in it together, so go all in and enjoy yourself.