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July 25, 2014
Q. Can you beat the odds at the casino? Maybe, maybe not, but can you at least name ways you might try?
A. 1. Exploit the laws of nature: Since roulette wheels are mechanical instruments prone to wear and tear, unbalances arise that steer the picks, says former casino floor manager Bill Zender, as reported by Jeff Wilser of Mental Floss magazine. “In 1873, Charles Jagger found a wonky wheel at Monte Carlo and bet on the biased numbers. He came away with $400,000 — that's $7.8 million in today's dough!”
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