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Russian roulette is a game of chance like the original one, however in this game the risk is the player's life, not money. The game is played with a revolver with a single bullet. Players spin the cylinder in turns, put the muzzle against their head and pull the trigger. The name of the game comes from the country of origin of this lethal game and the term "roulette" is used as it is also a game of chance and the act of spinning the cylinder is reminiscent of the roulette wheel.
Players sit in a circle, passing the revolver to the next player after the trigger is pulled. The player has 16.67% chances of firing a bullet into his head if there is 1 bullet in the 6 chamber revolver. Each player starts by spinning the cylinder, thus each player has an equal chance of being killed by the bullet.
Russian roulette was most probably derived from a game played between Russian soldiers in 19th century. However, this is only one theory regarding the history of the game as there is no certain mention of the game in any of the literature of that time. There are mentions of some suicidal and outrageous behavior among Tsarist Russian officers, but nothing indicates that this game was played then. The gun used by Russian soldiers between 1895 to 1930 was Nagant M1895, the double action, 7 chambered revolver. The cylinder is spin outside and does not swing out, which could be used to randomize the result.
Another theory is depicted in the movie the Deer Hunter, 1978, which immortalised the game and made it so popular. In the movie, the game was played by three soldiers captured during the Vietnam war. These prisoners were forced to play this lethal game and the guards bet on the results. This game was played until only one prisoner survives. This movie was followed by several teen deaths who thought that it was a great idea to play the game. Some of the men and boys were looking for a way to end with their lives, while most were just messing around. According to various statistics, there were around this 35 deaths caused by wrong interpretation of the movie.
The game can be different in the number of players, the type of gun (hence the number of chambers) and whether the players spin the cylinder each time they get the gun or not.
No matter which variation of roulette you think you are going to play, think again, as this game demands something more than your money and once you have lost, you cannot win back.