In a villa outside of Dubrovnik, Bloomberg senior writer Kit Chellel has tracked down the Croatian national who, along with two other players using false identities, got away with £1.3m ($1.42m) in just two days playing roulette at the Ritz Club casino in London, leading police investigators and casino security consultants on a merry chase.
Chellel’s piece on Thursday comes a few months after he located the man known as Niko Tosa. The author reveals his name is likely fake, with the “recently found” man making jokes about being called Nicola Tesla.
Tosa will go down in gambling history as a roulette predictor who made a fortune by beating the house
Nevertheless, Niko Tosa will go down in gambling history as a roulette predictor who made a fortune by beating the house at its own game, not only in London, but also allegedly in Romania, Poland, Slovakia, and Kenya, where casino officials wanted him arrested.
According to Chellel, Tosa is an adept of “cerebral clocking,” whereby he would use his mind to predict the outcome of the spin of a roulette wheel and where the ball would land. That the Ritz Club replaced all its roulette wheels within months of Tosa’s exploits in March 2004 bears out the gambler traveling the world to look for the “right wheels.”
As a smiling Tosa told Chellel in November, he’s planning his next international trip, and he didn’t want the author “to blow his cover.”