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Roulette mastermind claims he can beat the wheel through sheer focus

LUS QuestionsCategory: TaswwufRoulette mastermind claims he can beat the wheel through sheer focus
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One of the world’s most mysterious and successful roulette players has spoken out in his first-ever interview, revealing how he beat the wheel at casinos around the world.Nearly two decades ago, elusive roulette mastermind Niko Tosa and two of his partners were arrested after raking in £1.3 million at the over several nights. After floating wild theories that the trio had used lasers and microcomputers to predict the wheel’s movement, Scotland Yard investigators were unable to turn up any evidence of cheating, and dropped the charges after a nine-month probe.Now, in an interview with , Tosa claims his system is simple, if difficult to replicate: First, find a roulette table with a slight bias or defect that reduces randomness.

Second, mentally estimate where the ball will land once it is in motion, relying on countless hours of practice on a home wheel.Tosa, who lives in a small Croatian village, scoffed at the notion that he relied on a computer as a fantastical concept from a James Bond film, telling Bloomberg: ‘We are peasants.”You can call me Nikola Tesla if I have such a device!’ he declared, insisting his edge at the roulette wheel was due to sheer mental focus, a feat that seems nearly superhuman.  Nearly two decades ago, elusive roulette mastermind Niko Tosa and two of his partners were arrested after raking in £1.3 million at the upscale Ritz Club casino (above) in London Nearly two decades ago, elusive roulette mastermind Niko Tosa and two of his partners were arrested after raking in £1.3 million at the upscale Ritz Club casino (above) in London Police never found evidence that Tosa cheated, and he claims his edge at the roulette wheel was due to sheer mental focus and ability to estimate where the ball will land (file photo) Police never found evidence that Tosa cheated, and he claims his edge at the roulette wheel was due to sheer mental focus and ability to estimate where the ball will land (file photo)Little is known about Tosa, which is a pseudonym.

Bloomberg agreed to withhold his real name as a condition of the interview, and his photo has never been published. He is believed to be in his 50s, and lives in a small coastal village south of Dubrovnik, Croatia, the town used as  in the Game Of Thrones series.Though the town is not wealthy, even by Croatian standards, Tosa comes from a prominent family, according to , the Bloomberg reporter who managed to track him down there and interview him in November.Tosa freely admits he has used fake names and disguises to visit casinos around the world undetected, and says he has been beaten up several times by casino thugs infuriated at his ability to win at roulette.He has reportedly been sighted at casinos in Romania, Poland, Slovakia, and even Nairobi, Kenya, as he apparently searched further afield for gambling venues where he wouldn’t be recognized and ejected. For the most part, Tosa has flown under the radar, aside from the notorious incident at the Ritz Club in London on March 15, 2004.The members-only casino, which catered to royals and hosted celebrities including Al Pacino, Johnny Depp and Bill Clinton, was permanently shut down in 2020 after it was unable to recover from pandemic lockdowns.In 2004, Tosa quickly drew the attention of security staff at the Ritz when he visited several nights in a row with two companions, a Serbian businessman Nenad Marjanovic, and Livia Pilisi, a 32-year-old Hungarian woman described as ‘chic and beautiful.’  Tosa is believed to be in his 50s, and lives in a small coastal village south of Dubrovnik, Croatia, (above) the town used as a filming location for King's Landing in the Game Of Thrones series Tosa is believed to be in his 50s, and lives in a small coastal village south of Dubrovnik, Croatia, (above) the town used as a filming location for King’s Landing in the Game Of Thrones series Tosa has mostly flown under the radar, aside from a notorious incident at the Ritz Club in London on March 15, 2004 Tosa has mostly flown under the radar, aside from a notorious incident at the Ritz Club in London on March 15, 2004Security staff watching on cameras noticed that Tosa, who appeared to be the leader, scanned the casino upon entering until selecting a specific table.

He later revealed he’d been looking for a table that he had been successful on before, after it had been moved to another location.Tosa and his partners would follow the same routine on each spin: wait until the ball was in motion, and then shoot their arms out at the last second before bets closed to place a bet, usually on a section of consecutive numbers, rather than an individual number.All told, the trio, who started out with a few thousand pounds, increased their take to $1.62 million (£1.3 million) over several sessions at the Ritz. The following night, when Tosa and his partners returned to the Ritz once again, police were waiting, and arrested them on suspicion of ‘deception’.Cops searched the trio but found no hidden devices.

The cell phones and a Palm-Pilot type device found on them did not appear suspicious upon analysis. A search of their hotel rooms yielded nothing but stacks of cash and a list of local casinos marked with cryptic symbols such as pluses and minuses.Investigators also tore the roulette table apart searching for any hidden devices or gimmicks, scrutinized security footage of the trio, planet88 and grilled the croupier working the table, but came up empty handed. In December 2004, after a nine-month investigation, Scotland Yard dropped the case, returning the winnings to Tosa and his partners and telling them they were free to walk away with the cash.  The members-only Ritz casino, which catered to royals and hosts celebrities including Al Pacino, Johnny Depp and Bill Clinton, was permanently shut down in 2020 The members-only Ritz casino, which catered to royals and hosts celebrities including Al Pacino, Johnny Depp and Bill Clinton, was permanently shut down in 2020 Roulette, invented in France sometime in the 18th century, is one of the oldest casino games. Mathematicians and physicists through the ages have attempted to beat it (stock photo) Roulette, invented in France sometime in the 18th century, is one of the oldest casino games.

Mathematicians and physicists through the ages have attempted to beat it (stock photo)To understand Tosa’s alleged gambling system, it’s important to understand the basics of roulette, including important differences between the wheels used in the US and Europe.In basic play, the croupier spins a wheel with numbered pockets, and then releases a ball spinning in the opposite direction of the wheel’s rotation.Gamblers, predicting where the ball will land, can bet on individual numbers, combinations of numbers, odd/even numbers, or red/black. Typically, bets can still be placed until the ball completes its third spin around the wheel, at which point the croupier will declare, ‘No more bets!’European wheels are much friendlier to gamblers, because they have only one ‘0’ pocket, which is an automatic house win, while American wheels have both ‘0’ and ’00’ pockets.This nearly doubles the house edge at American roulette tables, which is generally 5.26 percent, versus the gambler-friendly 2.7 percent in Europe.

(For comparison, the house edge in blackjack is typically less than 1 percent, making it the table game with the best odds for gamblers.)Tosa’s system primarily relies on so-called ‘neighbors’ bets, in which a bet is placed on a certain number and the two numbers on either side of it, covering a total of five consecutive pockets on the wheel.According to Tosa, the condition of the wheel is vital, and he seeks out particular tables where some slight defect or bias reduces the randomness of the outcome.Then, by watching the wheel and the ball until the last second before bets close, he claims to be able to predict where the ball will land with enough accuracy to beat the house edge.Tosa reportedly keeps a roulette wheel in his home, and has spent countless hours refining his ability to study its rotation and develop a mental intuition for where the ball will land.  European wheels are much friendlier to gamblers, because they have only one '0' pocket American wheels have both '0' and '00' pockets, nearly doubling the house edge European wheels are much friendlier to gamblers, because they have only one ‘0’ pocket, which is an automatic house win, while American wheels have both ‘0’ and ’00’ pockets Tosa's system primarily relies on so-called 'neighbors' bets (bottom right on the table above), in which a bet is placed on a certain number and the two numbers on either side of it Tosa’s system primarily relies on so-called ‘neighbors’ bets (bottom right on the table above), in which a bet is placed on a certain number and the two numbers on either side of itIf his claims are true, Tosa has beaten a problem that has stumped mathematicians and physicists for decades.  ‘No one can win at roulette unless he steals money from the table while the croupier isn’t looking,’ Albert Einstein supposedly once said.And famed physicist Stephen Hawking wrote of roulette: ‘It is practically impossible to predict the number that will come up.

Otherwise physicists would make a fortune at casinos.’ However, Tosa is not the first roulette mastermind to beat the house odds.In the 1960s, a young medical researcher from New Jersey, Dr. Richard Jarecki, won the modern-day equivalent of $8 million at roulette tables across Europe after spending thousands of hours perfecting a system.Jarecki also relied upon finding roulette wheels with some defect that reduced randomness, according to a profile by . The young doctor would spend hours observing roulette wheels over thousands of spins, recording and analyzing the data to see if any numbers came up more frequently than expected under random chance. ‘I [experimented] until I had a rough outline of a system based on the previous winning numbers,’ he told the Sydney Morning Herald in 1969.

‘If numbers 1, 2, and 3 won the last 3 rounds, [I could determine] what was most likely to win the next 3.’As casinos caught on, Jarecki was quickly barred from a number of them for winning too much. Casinos also quickly adopted changes to roulette wheels to reduce bias and increase randomness.After the 2004 incident at the Ritz with Tosa, many casinos have also further improved their wheels, switching to scalloped pockets to increase the amount of time the ball spends bouncing chaotically.Newly discovered exoplanet dethrones former king of Kepler-88 planetary system - HeritageDaily ...Tosa, however, remains undeterred, and told Bloomberg that he is preparing to set out on another international casino tour.