If you’ve heard of real life inspector gadget, you might know Keith Taft. He was a genius who was devoted 30 years of his life to developing devices that would beat the casinos. In the 70’s, Taft and his son Marty began their fiddling. They are also considered to be the first to create a computer that captured digital videos.
After vacation in 1969, Taft became hooked on blackjack and recalled that Edward Thorp had written that the game was beatable with precise mathematics. He decided to try card counting but was unsuccessful. After failing, that was when he decided that he would use computers to get an edge in casinos.
The Completion of George
Taft first completed a 15-pound computer name George. This computer helped with card counting. He wore this device under his clothes and controlled it with his toes. Since he was too bulky, he had to create a lightweight device named David. David was shockingly advanced than George.
His first week he used it, he made profits of $40,000. Then, he marketed his device and taught people how to use it for $10,000 apiece. Eventually, he was detained at a casino when his computer was found. But because the casino and FBI did not know how to use it, he was let go of with no consequences.
The Belly Telly
Keith and Marty’s next invention was the Belly Telly. This invention was a little camera placed in a belt buckle so they could see the dealers hole card. The image would be showed to an accomplice who had a satellite on a pickup truck in the parking lot. In turn, he would signal back to the player, which move they should make.
In 1985, Nevada made it illegal to use electronic devices to help in gambling. The punishment of having such devices in casino environments would be 10 years of imprisonment. This was after Taft pocketed millions of dollars over the years. Finally, for all his hard work, Taft was inducted into the Blackjack Hall of Fame in year 2004.