According to experts it’s a no contest, there is only one person at the top, he is currently working on an anti-cheating device. He claims that all known cheating devices will be made obsolete once his invention has been perfected.
Tommy Glenn Carmichael is considered the best slot machine cheat in the history of slot machines, he is an ingenious inventor. For approximately 20 years he designed slot machine devices that allowed him to steal from casinos across the Caribbean and the United States.
In 1980, an old friend of Carmichael’s visited him at his Tulsa, Oklahoma Television repair shop. His friend Ray Ming had something to show Carmichael, a Bally’s slot machine.
Carmichael started at the bottom with a 5-cent machine at a casino near the Vegas strip, this was his first target. The outcome was $35, according to legend. The down side to his foray into this type of cheating hit its first problem as the old machines were being replaced. Carmichael was forced to try the smaller casinos. The move to these casinos led to his first arrest as he was caught at one of them and served several years in jail.
As is normally the case in jail, you have the opportunity to improve your criminal mind. In 1987, Carmichael was released and quickly found the machines he knew had been replaced. New slot and video poker machines now used microprocessors and RNG’s (random number generator software).
Carmichael purchased an IGT Fortune One video poker machine and proceeded to invent the monkey paw which was inserted into the machine via the payout chute. The device manipulated a switch that caused coins to release themselves into the payout bucket.
In 1991 technology caught up again through the computerization of the machines. He posed as a customer to a manufacturer of the new machines which allowed him to see the inside of the latest slot machine. He later bought one of the machines and proceeded to invent the “light wand”.
The wand used a small light to blind a sensor which once again caused the hopper to pay his