Al Capone’s Rigged Roulette Wheel Used by the Mob

The Sun

May 5, 2016

Revealed – Al Capone’s rigged roulette wheel: Table used by the Mob in 1920s Chicago uncovered.


ONE of Al Capone’s rigged roulette wheels used to fix games and rob gamblers has been uncovered after being dismantled for restoration. Alexander Walder-Smith, from Guildford, bought it in Iowa from a man who had stored it in a barn for decades.


Mr. Walder-Smith said: “I just thought it was a very nicely made roulette table from the 1920s or 1930s. It was only when my restorer called to say he’d found batteries that we realized there was anything unusual.” The restorer discovered a series of concealed wires leading to two push buttons disguised as screw heads. The hidden buttons interrupted the spin of the ball, allowing crooked croupiers to fix games. When activated, two tiny pins shot out which could guide the ball towards a particular number or colour.


“The batteries were concealed in one of the legs and changing them would have been a major operation. They had used newspaper to pad them. They were all local Chicago papers dated between 1928, when we think the table was built, and 1931 when the batteries were last changed.”  Read More