One manufacturer told me they only sold to accredited casinos, and these had to return the wheels to them at the end of their useful life. Not sure if he was just playing me or if they were actively trying to keep the wheels away from roulette-hackers.
But I guarantee you: This kind of work is mind-numbing. I did this for a while in 1999 and let it go, members of our group continued with it over years and really suffered from the boredom. The same with gaming the slot machines (they have certain regularities or bugs, depending on the model) or poker and other games. So if you're a hacker, the challenge and fun wears off pretty quick and you wish you had a cubicle job instead.
Anyway, there are books from the mathematician and physicist Pierre Basieux, unfortunately only in German.
It has interesting insights about gambling, and roulette, (some croupiers can learn the physics of their wheels and can learn to hit a number on a spin) and the details of how they go about building the shoe computers is fascinating.
I don't know if anyone has built an equivalent computer with modern tech. I'd be interested to see how small it could be built.
Now there's an app for Google Glass! (news just in: casinos ban patrons from wearing Google Glass on the premises).
From the linked pdf paper there's this:
"...apparently been using a laser scanner and their mobile phones to predict the likely resting place of the ball." Would love to hear how they did it.
I'm really interesting in roulette. I wrote a Python script that plays online roulette (mainly to learn Python, don't actually expect it to make money.)
Card counting would get a lot easier with them, for example.
The main thing I took from it was that if they had put all that effort and dedication into something which directly improved people's lives, they probably would have made a lot more money. :-)
One person choosing a path that has a non-obvious net effect does not mean that there is none, it could be negative or it could be positive. We just don't know.
Take the development of the computer, a good part of it was a bunch of guys attempting to get it to play chess, what direct improvement to people's lives could have come from that?
Indirect effects can launch whole industries and make lots of money, possibly not for the people that start it but still, it makes you wonder what's the best way to spend your time.
Wait, I thought Claude Shannon with some help from Ed Thorpe were the first to build a wearable computer back in the 60's. Also to beat roulette. They shelved it though, because there were too many practical difficulties and there were better ways to make money - the stock market.
1 It is unlawful for any person to use, possess with the intent to use or assist another person in using or possessing with the intent to use any computerized, electronic, electrical or mechanical device which is designed, constructed, altered or programmed to obtain an advantage at playing any game in a licensed gaming establishment, including, without limitation, a device that:
a) Projects the outcome of the game;
b) Keeps track of cards played or cards prepared for play;
c) Analyzes the probability of the occurrence of an event relating to a game; or
d) Analyzes the strategy for playing or betting to be used in the game,
except as may be made available as part of an approved game or otherwise permitted by the Commission.
2 As used in this section, “advantage” means a benefit obtained by one or more participants in a game through information or knowledge that is not made available as part of the game as approved by the Board or Commission.
(Added to NRS by 1985, 970; A 2011, 216)
This is a felony carrying a 1-6 year prison sentence.
Also cellphone rules are pretty restrictive, so even camera phones would probably get you a reprimand.