Beating Roulette with Electronic Devices

Roulette is normally considered a luck-based game where the house holds a slight edge. But perhaps roulette is a beatable game if you understand the physics behind it and have a computer to measure these physics. In the late 1970s, Doyne Farmer and a group of graduate students attempted to use this knowledge to beat […]

beating-rouletteRoulette is normally considered a luck-based game where the house holds a slight edge. But perhaps roulette is a beatable game if you understand the physics behind it and have a computer to measure these physics.

In the late 1970s, Doyne Farmer and a group of graduate students attempted to use this knowledge to beat roulette. Their computer was devised to use Newton’s laws of physics to predict which area of the wheel the ball would land on.

Farmer and his team had two people wear computers to the table – one with a computer in his shoes, which was meant to input data as he tapped switches under his toes. The program calculated the velocity of the ball and when it would slow down and land in a certain section.

But as the Daily Mail reports, the team’s experiment didn’t work due to sweating, loose wires, and lost signal connections.

The Daily Mail also explains that this technology would have a much-better chance of working these days, namely because a roulette team would no longer have to build a computer from scratch. Here’s one excerpt from the article:

“These days, the computers are readily available.

“Technology has evolved. These days, all the required processing power could be fitted into a single unit.

“You could imagine a system based on a mobile phone where the camera videos the ball and the wheel and image processing software extracts the relevant data so that the prediction software can calculate the final position of the ball.”

Even with a mobile phone, there would be problems trying to beat roulette with a mobile device. One issue would be hiding the fact that you’re using a mobile device. Another problem is that it’s illegal to use electronic means to beat the casino.

But given that the technology has improved greatly from the days when Farmer’s team used a shoe-based device, sophisticated tech experts could no doubt device a way to beat the game.

 

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