Having carried out some research on random number generators or RNG’s for short I concluded that there are degrees of randomness. The whole thing is really complicated, just like infinity itself.
Why do we need it? For betting or gambling of course, it has no other use than prediction. Since ancient times rolling the dice, flipping a coin or using playing cards all have forms of random number generation. In this article we only consider random RNG’s in machines.
Random number generation can be really simple as in the flip of a coin. However as the number of outcomes increases it can become a hugely complex task. For example flipping a coin only has two outcomes and in theory that outcome could be repeated an infinite number of times. The reality of course is that the odds of 2:1 are rather more balanced.
There are many reports that the game of Bingo can be traced back to an Italian Lottery called Lo Giuoco which originated in 1530. It is true that Bingo history does find some similarity with lottery games which require random number selection.
There is the suggestion that playing Bingo evolved from the British Armed forces at the end of the 1800’s. The British Army played a game called Housey-Housey which involved marking randomly drawn numbers on a card. The winner covered all the numbers on the card. The Navy had a similar game called Tombola which today we might call a raffle. There was a large naval Garrison in Malta from 1814 and some say that the game was derived there.
Roulette History and the evolution of the game as it is today
Roulette History – Blaise Pascal invented the Roulette Wheel
The origins of Roulette as we know it today are not certain but a French man is credited with the invention of the Roulette wheel. Blaise Pascal was a French physicist and mathematician working towards the invention of a perpetual motion machine. Roulette history started then. In 1655 Pascal invented the roulette wheel as a means of generating random numbers. Sadly it needed to be given a spin to start it and it came to rest soon enough. Many others have tried to invent perpetual motion but it has long been acknowledged that the laws of Physics prevent this.
In Roulette history his invention went relatively unnoticed for more than a century. The first accounts of playing Roulette as we know it were reported in 1796 in Paris. Roulette history generally concludes that the actual date the game was invented is not known.