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Wired shoe helps gambler cheat at roulette

Marc Perton
03.19.05
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We want to meet Laszlo Kovacs' shoemaker. The Hungarian gambler was recently arrested in Australia, after authorities discovered he was using a shoe-based computer, connected wirelessly to an earpiece, to cheat at roulette. Apparently, by tapping his foot under the roulette table, Kovacs was able to get a reading on the wheel's speed and use that data to calculate what number would come up next. Authorities estimate that Kovacs won about $200,000, tapping his way from casino to casino. Yes, we know hookups like this are illegal in casinos around the world, but we'd love to see how this thing worked; we assume it's based on the same tech as the shoe computer — pictured above — created by the Eudaemons in the 70s. We'd also like to find out if there's a way to apply it to other casino games (and, yes, for those of you who are counting, that's another shameless cross-network plug).

[Thanks, Bernie]

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