Tech marvel or gambling gimmick?

A German company has devised a wristwatch computer the creators claim can help wearers win at the roulette table.

The Winning Watch employs a 32-bit microprocessor running at speeds between 20 and 60MHz, according to a press statement. Its C-based program “can run complex programs…within a very short execution time.”

According to the Winning Watch Web site (, the device relies not on conventional probability mathematics, but employs “an extremely complex calculation technique” to figure out the wearer’s best bet at roulette.

The site says Winning Watch wearers can count on winning an average of $380 per hour. “The player is transformed into a kind of ghost employee of the casino.” The player is transformed into a kind of ghost employee of the casino.Text Tested among various European gambling houses, the Winning Watch is the result of work done by researchers at “a highly renowned German university” who had to balance processing power and heat dispersion. The site doesn’t say which school worked on the watch. The aesthetic aspects come courtesy of “a specialized Swiss company renowned throughout the world.” The site doesn’t reference the firm’s name. Winning Watch Ltd. didn’t respond to questions by press time.

According to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, it’s illegal to use helpful gambling devices like the Winning Watch. According to section 209 of Canada’s criminal code, such “cheating at play” could result in a two-year jail stay.

The Winning Watch Web site says, “the user is never seen fiddling with or looking at his watch, as such movements would quickly be spotted….The designers of the Winning Watch have come up with an ingenious way of informing the wearer of the bet to make without being noticed.” The site doesn’t inform visitors as to what this notification method is.

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