The Professor Who Beat Roulette

Dr. Richard Jarecki was a medical researcher by profession, but had a secret drive to develop a way to beat the roulette wheel. Not content to simply win a lot of money, he sank a lot of time (and got a lot of people to help) fine-tune his system.

Like any good scientist, he collected a lot of data. And began to use that research to his advantage:

With his wife, Carol, he scouted dozens of wheels at casinos around Europe, from Monte Carlo (Monaco), to Divonne-les-Bains (France), to Baden-Baden (Germany). The pair recruited a team of 8 “clockers” who posted up at these venues, sometimes recording as many as 20,000 spins over a month-long period.

The article is a fun read, and I seem to have a penchant for these types of “beat the house” stories.

While I like gambling (what little I’ve done of it), I don’t know that I could ever really risk the level of money that these folks seem to risk. I want to argue that for every Dr. Jarecki, there’s a whole university full of people who also had a “system” (but one that wasn’t quite as good as his).

[via BoingBoing]

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