Hobbies: How to Beat the Bandits

When the rumors first drifted in from Australia in December, Las Vegas casino operators laughed and laughed. An Aussie syndicate had learned how to beat the one-armed bandits? Impossible. Even when confronted with Australian press reports that the group had coined $225,000 in slot-machine jack pots before they were banned for life from most of New South Wales's gam bling clubs, Nevada's big wheels insisted "it could never happen here."

It could and did, and the laughter last week was coming from two of the original Down Under bandit-beaters. Soon after arriving in Las Vegas, George Clampett and Keith Jennings, both...

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