Accidentally stumbled on this alternate thread when trying to check a development.
However I'm sure many will find it of relevance.
And the first article (clearly by Max Presnell) has some weird errors.
As does Walsh's masterpiece (freely available at your public library).
I understand the truth is closer to:
Circa 1984 Neville Wran briefly decriminalised Blackjack, allowing Blackjack tables in clubs.
That's why Zeljko, Shelley and Walsh arrived in Sydney. To run a table.
Zeljko generously kept the numerous patrons there well lubricated.
They first stepped onto a Randwick meet on Australia Day, 1985 (not 1984. as Walsh claims).
And made themselves quite conspicuous to 100's of patrons, with some memorable social skirmishes.
Some Loch Ness monster.
They lived in Ultimo, close to the Vulcan and Fairfax, where The Gadfly penned the original 1993 article.
But they set up their PubTAB operation (and vanished from Tracks) at a Redfern Pub.
The publican would play ignorant, but anybody driving past that extremely congested spot would be able to spot a 2nd floor festooned with any number of TV and Computer Screens energising away.
All under Max's nose, so I'm curious why his version is so different.