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10 Gamblers Who Beat The Casino

Every gamblers, who plays casino games of different types, knows that these games are games of chances and can make you a millionaire or take your all money. However, people from our list did not want...

Every gamblers, who plays casino games of different types, knows that these games are games of chances and can make you a millionaire or take your all money. However, people from our list did not want to be losers and leave casinos empty-handed. Due to their outstanding mental skills, mathematical talents or just simple cheating, they have managed to come winners. The majority of our lucky gamblers are Americans, but this is not surprising because the USA is the country of well-known casinos and gambling cities, like Las Vegas.

Ron Harris. The $100,000-jackpot won by Reid Errol McNeal in Bally’s Park Palace Casino Resort in Atlantic City in 1995, left some questions in official persons. This lucky gambler staked 1 million to 1 odds and became the owner of the large jackpot from a keno machine. Very soon New Jersey gaming officials and two state troopers have arrived in McNeal’s hotel room to check his strange behaviour (he showed no emotions) and ask him some questions. They have found Ron Harris (the Nevada Gaming Control Board company’s technician and the computer genious) there. Harris has been helping McNeal by using his knowledge of gaming and has calculated results of a game beforehand. Both Ron Harris and Reid McNeal were arrested.

Gonzalo Garcia-Pelayo. The success of this Spaniard has become possible only due to his long-term observations and computer skills. A former record producer has decided one day to dedicate all his skills to the roulette game and has become the first person, who benefited from wheel bias in 1990ies. You will agree that roulette wheels are not perfect and can work inaccurately, meaning that a ball can land on some pockets more often than on others. Not a single casino in Spain has been left without Garcia-Pelayo’s attention. This man was observing spins of one wheel for a long time, writing down results and using a computer for their analysis. When the doors of all Spanish casinos closed before him, he traveled to America and continued his roulette success. Garcia-Pelayo’s world-wide popularity induced him to left this occupation with $1,5 million in a pocket.

Dominic LoRiggio. Probably, every fan of the craps game has heard about ‘The Man With The Golden Arm’ and ‘The Dominator’. This is about LoRiggio, who used the controlled shooting technique to roll the dice in craps successfully. According to this technique, a gambler has to take, toss and throw dices in a certain way to get the desired roll. Together with the famous player and writer Frank Scoblite, Dominic has become the owner of big money sums in different casinos. Everyone can learn all dice throwing secrets visiting LoRiggio classes now.

Keith Taft. This man’s photo can be found in the Blackjack Hall of Fame and, despite the fact that his methods are considered illegal ones today, Keith won a lot of money with their help starting from the 199ies. Taft was the true electronic genious and the ardent fan of blackjack. Together with his son Marty, Taft has created such computers as George, Thor, David, etc. and the ‘belly telly’ machine, which have been helping them near the blackjack table. He used microphones, video cameras and other innovative methods to win in this game and did it successfully. Now gamblers are not allowed to use electronic devices in casinos because of the Taft’s story. Read the complete interview with Keith Taft. It's very interesting. 

Ida Summers. This attractive woman has become the one of the most famous cheaters in the 1980-70s. Her two main methods, with the help of which she has won thousands of dollars in blackjack, were hand mucking and cold decks. No one could think that Summers is able to masterly conceal a card from the table and then insert it into play again. Moreover, the usage of the cold decks method or coolers was very dangerous at that time and it is now. A cheater should carefully exchange a deck on the table on the pre-stacked one and Ida Summers could do it without problems. Ida has won a lot of money before gaming officials and the FBI stopped her.

Tommy Glenn Carmichael. Carmichael had a talent for inventing interesting devices and he started using it in 1980 to cheat slot machines. His first device was the top-bottom joint one and he put it in a coin slot for instant payouts. With the development of the slots industry, Carmichael’s devices have become more complex. After the appearance of computer-based slot machines, he invented the ‘light wand’, which blinded a machine sensor. Police became interested in Carmichael’s inventions and arrested him a few times. However, now he is free and does not break the law.

Louis ‘The Coin’ Colavecchio. It will not be an exaggeration to name this person a talented man. Colavecchio had been using his talent of a counterfeiter to produce slot coins, which were so professionally made that many experts could not distinguish them from real coins. However, in the late 1990ies casino officials noticed the suspicious activity from the Colavecchio’s side. It was not easy to count how many coins ‘The Coin’ stole from casinos online. However, Colavecchio avoided imprisonment after the demonstration of his cheating business principles.

MIT Blackjack Team. The existence of this team of talented students, who used statistical methods and systems to win in blackjack, started in the 1990s at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Having perfected their card counting skills, they even founded the Strategic Investment corporation with an impressive bankroll. They have earned over $5 million for a few days! However, the information about the team has been spreading in American and European casinos, which finally finished its existence.

Richard Marcus. This gambling fan has dedicated many efforts, time and energy to the play near the roulette table. The main method of Marcus, which brought him $5 million, was the chips exchanging or past posting. Marcus used large bets and in case of a failure, he decreased bets. For example, he put brown $500 chip under three $5 ones and a dealers could not see it. When Marcus won, he showed this brown chip or carefully withdrew it from the stack when he lost. One day Marcus was arrested, but now he successfully sells books about gambling and shares his cheating secrets.

Edward Thorp. This mathematical genious, the professor with the doctorate degree is the inventor of the card counting system used in blackjack. No chance it would ever happen playing no download blackjack. Thorp started developing his system in 1960ies. With the help of the university computer and his intelligence, Thorp has developed his theory about smaller and larger cards and their advantages for players and dealers. Large money sums appeared in Thorp’s pockets with the usage of his theory. Two books explain his system, which became the hit among gamblers. Due to his outstanding skills, Thorp is in the Blackjack Hall of Fame.


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