Mill worker’s wheel expertise broke Monte Carlo’s bank

The Monte-Carlo Casino in Joseph Jagger’s day

Similarities between mill and roulette wheels allowed a working-class Yorkshireman to break the bank – legally – at Monte Carlo almost 140 years ago.

Joseph Jagger knew through his work with textile wheels that no wheel could ever spin perfectly.

So when his business hit trouble and he faced the debtors’ jail, he came up with a clever plan to use this know-ledge to win him a fortune.

In 1881 he borrowed money to travel to Monaco and spent a month watching the roulette tables in the casino, without placing a bet, so he could identify which wheels had the most bias and thus which numbers were most ...

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