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Battered Shoe Focus of Casino Cheating Probe

14 March 2005

AUSTRALIA – As reported by the Australia Herald Sun: "A battered shoe worn by a Hungarian tourist in Australia has sparked an investigation into a syndicate accused of cheating the top casinos of Europe.

"Two Belgian police officers will fly to Sydney this month to study the shoe design, which they suspect could be behind a multi-million dollar European fraud.

"Four years ago detectives arrested Hungarian tourist Laszlo Sendor Kovacs after he won large bets at Sydney's Star City casino roulette wheel.

"Casino security became suspicious of the 59-year-old gambler tapping his right foot under table 9.

"Police questioned Mr Kovacs and found a Maxwell Smart-style microcomputer hidden in the sole of his scuffed shoe.

"With a toe tap, a computer in the shoe sent a voice-synthesised message to an earpiece telling him the wheel's speed. This allegedly helped calculate the number…"

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