Famous mathematician reveals Roulette secret

Long standing Roulette secret revealed

A Roulette playing mathematician famous all over the world for successfully turning the odds against the house has broken his decades-long silence on how he managed the feat.

Back in the 1970s Doyne Farmer was still a student and used the world's first portable computer to win big on roulette in Nevada. Until recently he has never revealed how he did so.

Farmer now works for Oxford University, and commented: "I kept silent because I did not want to communicate any information that might prevent anyone from taking the casinos' money."

Present day duo inspired by Farmer's work

He finally decided it was time to reveal his secret after a modern day pair were inspired by his actions to create and publish their own method.

This pairing was made up of Michael Small from the University of Western Australia and Michael Tse from Hong Kong Polytechnic University. They managed to prove that with a few measurements and a small computer or smartphone, you can indeed balance the odds of Roulette further towards your favour.

The trick is to record when the ball and a set part of the rotating wheel both pass a chosen point, which Farmer says is very similar to his own, the only difference being he also measured air resistance.

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