The iconic Roulette wheel is recognised worldwide, so where exactly did it come from? Well, it sure beats the life span of Blackjack, as it first came to recognition back in 1655 and the person responsible for this being Blaise Pascal. But, the wheel wasn't created by Blaise Pascal in hope for it to some day be one of the worlds greatest gambling related creations, no. Pascal was planning to invent a perpetual motion machine, to create a type of wheel that would spin constantly without real consistent force. Yet, Pascal could never imagine just what he had started and as a fan of roulette, we sincerely thank you.
It's also worth mentioning that the roulette wheel famous for it's black, red and number populated appearance, is that the rewarding green zero wasn't included on the wheel itself until the 1800s, in request of King Charle4s the third of Monaco. Into the 19th and 20th century the wheel has stayed true to its historic display and they are recognisable all over the world. The United States did end up adding another 0 just to maintain the excitement of the possible return for players, I mean, come on everyone loves to take a chance on the 0.
Blackjack, originally known as Vingt-et-Un and now sometimes referred to as 21 has been on the block since the 1700s. The game itself came about in France, where the nation was at it's peak, blackjack was taken on by colonialists and used to relax and enjoy with colleagues and friends. The Spanish empire would also argue that they had an influence on the development of the game as they were doing the exact same as the French, only difference being that they had produced their own unique game where there was a minimum of three 3 cards, the closest hand to the number 31 would be the winner.
So, the French and Spanish were enjoying the game for themselves for a while and it wasn't too long until North America got a hold of it and it became known as 21 across the entire country and world. By the end of 1931 casinos branded the game blackjack as it started to immerse itself in the casino industry, Blackjack became more and more popular as the years progressed and fitted right into the casino environment with the likes of slots.