MONACO: Lady Luck Ran Out

The gloomy gamblers of the Continent who frequent Monte Carlo's famed Casino are usually content to court fortune with no better equipment than a good-luck charm or an "infallible" system. Three Californians—Jason Lee, 60, Philip Aggie, 37, and Ralph Shaker, 40—were of a more practical stripe. Resolved to beat the American-type craps table at the old Casino, they arrived in Monaco, dropped $35,000 at the table, but returned to the U.S. with a handful of wax impressions of the Casino's dice. A month later, they went back armed for victory.

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