Sean Connery, playing James Bond
As soon as you start talking about the game of roulette, it is impossible not to mention famous agent 007 and his prowesses in the universe of casino.
Sean Connery, in the role of James Bond, is particularly renowned for his risk-taking tendencies: in one of his films, you can see him place his chips on number 17 three times in a row. What a surprise to then see the marble stop on this famous number 17 three times in a row and James Bond rewarded with 30,000 dollars!
If you resort to probabilistic reasoning to estimate the likelihood for such a phenomenon to happen, there would actually be 1 chance out of 50,000!
However, such an anecdote occurred on the 14th of July in the year 2000 in the paradise of casinos, Las Vegas, in the famous Caesars Palace: number 21 is said to have been winning seven times in a row.
The losses for the casino would have amounted to only 300 dollars though, while there was only one chance out of three billions for such a phenomenon to happen!
An engineer known as Joseph Jagger
Another anecdote should be mentioned when you are familiarising yourself with the thrilling universe of roulette games, and especially when you are looking for flaws in the famous wheel that is spun by the croupier while they utter the sentence “No more bets.”
When a person notices a fault related to this cylinder and the marble that is thrown, the casino is inevitably losing... Here is a concrete example, coming from the famous Monte Carlo casino and dating back to the year 1873.
An engineer known as Joseph Jagger studies the unfolding of the game of roulette in front of him and he realises there is a flaw in the wheel, which, according to him, makes the number 9 appear as winning a greater number of times than others. This discovery then challenges the random laws that govern the spinning of the wheel and the small white marble.
Jagger then decides to place all of his chips on this famous number 9: he wins the equivalent of 350,000 Pounds sterling!
Nobody knows if it was due to the wear and tear of the wheel or to any type of mechanical default, but one thing is sure: in 1873, meticulous digital controls had not been established yet to detect this type of flaw. Joseph Jagger therefore seized this opportunity to hit the jackpot in Monte Carlo!