The Roulette Expert: Famous and Unlikely Players

by Chris on July 4, 2009

Albert Einstein is reported to have said “You cannot beat a roulette table unless you steal money from it.” Despite many claiming roulette to be unbeatable, it draws both factual and fictional casino gambling experts, daring to beat roulette at its own game.

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Claude Shannon is a mathematician and computer scientist known for his work on information theory. He built what may have been the first wearable computer to determine probable outcomes for the roulette ball.

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Malcolm X, the unlikeliest of roulette famous gamblers, did not play the casino gambling game but admitted in his autobiography to having played Russian roulette.

Frank Scoblete is widely deemed America’s top author of bestselling gambling books. Among his books is Spin Roulette Gold: Secrets of Beating the Wheel.

Christopher Pawlicki is an advantage player, roulette strategist, and expert in physics, mathematics, and computer science. He wrote the bestseller, Get the Edge at Roulette: How to Predict Where the Ball Will Land!

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Thomas Bass authored The Eudaemonic Pie, about computer hackers turned casino roulette winners, self-named the Eudaemons, by using computers in their shoes that predicted where the roulette ball would land.

Graham Greene, the British author, and John Hinckley, Jr., failed assassin of US President Ronald Reagan, both claimed to have been Russian roulette aficionados.

Jerry Patterson is a casino gambling authority, author of the bestseller, Casino Gambling, which is credited for introducing dice control to craps, and runs

Andres Martinez, an editor at Los Angeles Times, wrote 24/7, a book on Las Vegas with a roulette betting method in which a session bankroll is divided by 35, each bet on a number for 35 consecutive spins.

Johnny Ace, the American blues musician, played Russian roulette during a break in a 1954 concert in Texas, and shot himself to death in the process.

John Marchel, The Gaming Bulletin publisher, 101 Casino Gambling Tips author, and a roulette expert, and Raymond Lai, a mathematician, statistician, and roulette betting system creator, are proprietors of two different roulette information Web sites.

Ted Knuden is the gambling strategist behind the Mastering Roulette video while Norm Wattenberger of QFIT authored the Casino Verité suite of blackjack software and created the Roulette Analyzer software program.

Gonzalo Garcia-Pelayo became a casino roulette expert millionaire by using a computer model of the roulette wheels at Casino de Madrid in Spain to bet on the likeliest numbers on which the roulette ball would land.

Other known roulette gamblers are Brett Morton, Laurance Scott, Richard Marcus, Serena Lee Ng, J. Edward Allen, Jimmy ‘The Scott’ Jordan, John Patrick.