Saturday, December 30, 2006

More on Roulette Computers and Chess Cheats

Happy New Year, everyone. I hope that 2007 brings big profits for all you gamblers, cheaters and whoeverelsers trying to beat the casinos!

It has recently come to my knowledge that the situation concerning the legality of using roulette computers in the UK is even more murky than before. Apparently, depending on who you ask, or which barrister you seek out, there is some degree of illegality to using roulette computers or other devices to predict where the ball will land. However, it is still my opinion and that of most people involved in the practice of UK law that anyone caught using these devices will not be prosecuted to the extent that there is a risk of jail time or serious fine. As the famous (not infamous) Ritz team proved, UK law is not very interested in prosecuting those who simply monitor where the ball will land without affecting that landing. However, if you try to manipulate the ball itself, as that ballsy French team so successfully did at Casino Deauville, you will face harsher penalties in UK courts. As I am told now, sometime in 2007 computers will be declared officially legal--but it won't last. Legislation to illegalize it will then follow. How long this "grace period" will be, I'm not sure. But it will give you enough time to make a killing!

Roulette players are not the only ones using electronic equipment to gain the edge. Now some prospective "Kasparovs" have turned to artificial brainpower. I certainly don't have a problem with innovators using equipment to beat the casinos, but chess champions cheating doesn't sit quite well with me. Shame on them! Here's the article that toppled the king!

Chess Player Banned 10 Years For Cheating With
>Bluetooth, Computer
>>The All India Chess Federation slapped the 10-year
>sanction on a player who had been using a Bluetooth
>device stitched into a cap he typically pulled down
>over his ears.
>By Gregg Keizer
>Dec 27, 2006 11:34 AM
>An Indian chess player was banned Tuesday from
>competition for 10 years after he was caught using a
>Bluetooth headset sewn into a cap earlier this month
>to get help from a computer.
>The All India Chess Federation slapped the 10-year
>sanction on Umakant Sharma, who had been using a
>Bluetooth device stitched into a cap he typically
>pulled down over his ears. According to the
>federation, Sharma's accomplices relayed moves made by
>a computer chess program to him via the Bluetooth
>headset. Bharat Singh Chauhan, the AICF treasurer,
>showed the cap and Bluetooth device at a meeting
>convened Tuesday that decided Sharma's punishment.
>Sharma was found out during a random check at a New
>Delhi tournament Dec. 4; he had been seeded second in
>the tournament.
>The World Chess Federation (Federation Internationale
>des Echecs, or FIDE) bars the use of mobile devices
>during play. "It is strictly forbidden to bring mobile
>phones or other electronic means of communication, not
>authorized by the arbiter, into the playing venue,"
>the group's rules read. "If a player's mobile phone
>rings in the playing venue during play, that player
>shall lose the game."