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Gang's magnetic roulette ball con rolls casino for $700,000

2003-01-16 00:00:00

A gang of con-men has won hundreds of thousands of dollars from an Austrian casino by planting a remote-controlled magnetic roulette ball on a table.

Police said the gang used a concealed device near the table, possibly hidden in a watch, to create an electromagnetic field and manipulate where the ball went to within three spaces. They did not win on every spin, but improved the odds enough to pick up $A688,000 over several weeks of regular visits to a Casinos Austria gambling house in Velden, Carinthia.

The group, believed to be four Germans and an Austrian, was found out after a croupier tried to pick up the ball but it stuck to his cuff-link.