Doctor Richard Jarecki was another roulette player who allegedly cracked the roulette code in the 1970s- he was another biased wheel player, a strategy that was somewhat easier in the seventies before wheel manufacturing processes became that much more accurate, and tracking systems came into play to try and help casinos identify roulette wheel bias.
His biggest run at the tables was $1.28 million in the 1970s, equivalent to some $6 million in today´s money. Quite a haul.
Like other wheel watchers, Richard Jarecki found that that some wheels were different to others, hinting at a possible wheel bias. He was successful in both identifying the biased wheels, and working out where the hot zones lay on the wheel to give himself an edge over the house.
He worked in a team with his wife Carol Jarecki where they used to play roulette in casinos in Monte Carlo and San Remo using their system that hunted down roulette wheels biased by mechanical imperfections. Carol is an American chess organizer, an International Arbiter, and a chess writer.
Jarecki Was known as the Roulette Tornado- a nickname he got from a San Remo casino dealer. In the seventies, he became the public enemy number one for many casinos around the world. In Europe he took casinos in Monte Carlo, Baden-Baden, Wiesbaden and San Remo to the cleaners.
The Jarecki method was similar to that of Williams Jaggers: patiently analysing thousands and thousands of results in order to identify hot zones on imperfect roulette wheels. While playing, he played conservatively, without taking excessive risks but played fast looking to capitalise on his insider knowledge of hot zones.
On wheel that he had successfully identified hot zones, his only constraint was the casino´s willingness to let him continue playing. He was banned from quite a few casinos- they feared him.
The 1970s was arguably easier for Biased Wheel players, as there were more biased wheel about (less checking and less accurate manufacturing processes). The casinos were not as good at sharing information about gamblers in those days. These days, if there´s a player that´s successfully taking the casinos on either fraudulently or legitimately, that person is profiled, and their details are share across the network.
Does that mean it´s impossible now to beat the casinos using these kinds of methods? Well no, and although it´s got a lot harder, two can play at the technology game. Technology can help players too, as long as they can hide it from the casino- just take the Roulette Clocking team that took on the Ritz in London and won.
It´s not getting any easier though.....