|Three gamblers who used a James Bond-style laser device to win more than £1.3 million at the Ritz in March did nothing illegal.|
The Hungarian woman and two Serbian men are to be allowed to keep their £1.3 million winnings.
They smuggled in a laser scanner in a cellphone that was linked to a micro-computer. The scanner measured the speed of the ball as it was released, identified where it fell and measured the declining orbit of the wheel.
The data was beamed to the computer, which calculated on which section of numbers the ball would land and flashed this to the cellphone just before bets closed at the wheel's third spin.
Casino managers became suspicious after the trio won £1.3 million over two days in March. On the first night they won £100,000. They returned the next night to win a further £1.2 million, which they quickly cashed. After declining offers of free caviar and champagne, they departed soon afterwards.
Suspicious security experts examined CCTV footage and officers from Scotland Yard's gaming squad later arrested the three at a nearby hotel and impounded the cash and mobile phones.
Legal sources say there were no grounds to prosecute because their scanners only provided information and did not manipulate the equipment.