Top 10 Boldest Casino Scams
Ever since the first casino emerged, there have been those who tried to find a way to cheat and defeat casinos. While there have been cases of making such attempts without breaking the rules, most of them were nothing but a banal fraud. We will now list top 10 elaborate cheats against casinos.
10. New York Roulette GangIn 2012, Ohio witnessed a series of crimes against casinos. The Ohio Casino Control Commission later reported about a gang of between 50 and 70 people involved in a number of scams. Their classic approach was as follows: players would enter with low bets.
While one player diverted the dealer's attention, the other put chips of a certain colour in his pocket and then left the table and discreetly gave the chips to another actor. His part was to enter the game at a different table, select a higher value to that chip's colour and cash out at the higher ratio.
The criminals were traced after they robbed four casinos across the state of Ohio. Four members of the group were arrested and admitted their crimes. Although, the officials on the case suggested their earnings were around $1,000-$2,000, their true income is unknown. It is still not clarified if the gang contained more members and what their present status is.
9. The Roselli Brothers
Between 1995 and 2000, a group of criminals who identified themselves as the «Roselli Brothers» managed to steal more than $37 million from casinos. A computer hacker helped the men to steal the names of individuals with favourable credit rating. The brothers then deposited $50,000 into the accounts opened in those names, which convinced casinos to offer them extensive credit lines. Offset betting process and well-timed gambling schedules allowed them to pull off their trick for five years. They basically convinced casino officials they were losing money, and the officials were happy to offer them more credit. At the same time, the other partner on the other side of the table was making money. Their last scam took place in Las Vegas in the winter of 2000. By the time the FBI discovered the fact of the crime, the gang had been long gone. Moreover, it turned out that the actual Roselli brothers had died many years before, and the criminals are still not identified.
8. One-minute ATM scam
In 2012, 14 schemers were accused of stealing more than $1million from Citibank. The scheme was to open a number of checking accounts and exploit a gap in the casino kiosk security that enabled numerous unrecorded withdrawals during a 60-second opportunity window. The schemers would go to casinos using the cash advance kiosks to take out up to tenfold what they put in using the 60-second lag. After receiving the money at the cages, the leader would keep a cut for himself, leaving the rest to be split among the gang.
7. The French Cigarette Pack Scheme
In 1973 a French roulette dealer created a radio transmitter which fit perfectly in a usual cigarette pack. A weightless receiver was turned into a roulette ball to be used during games. The other two members of the group were his brother-in-law who acted as an unknowing gambler and his sister who would press the transmitter's button on the pack by the next table. As she did that, the ball would change its spin, and land in groups of six numbers with 90% accuracy. In the end, the entire team of conspirators was found and arrested.
6. The Cutter Gang
In 2011, this group of schemers would beat casinos by cutting the deck after it has been shuffled. One member of the gang would take the cutting card, have the data recorded by a tiny camera hidden in the cufflink and, having left the table, pass the information to another conspirator. The schemers were suspected of the theft of $1 million in Las Vegas. The police had to let them go, for no sufficient evidence was found. They were then arrested and escaped shortly after.
5. The Contact Lens Scheme
In 2011, a gang managed to steal over €54,000 from the Princes Casino in Cannes by marking symbols on card decks, the other member would see the symbols using special contact lens. The police intruded when the group had a few series of impressive winnings. The group was found guilty and put in prison for a long time.
4. The Ritz Roulette Scam
In 2004, three schemers managed to obtain over $2 million from the Ritz Casino in London with the help of laser technology. The members used laser scanners in their phones which were connected to a computer that would forecast which numbers were probably to win big money based on the roulette ball's speed and then suggest which numbers it could land on. The method is based on the «sector targeting» theory. The schemers were arrested, but let go without being charged, as «sector targeting» technically is not illegal.
3. The Edge Sorting Scheme
Championship poker player Phil Ivey Jr is said to have schemed a $9.6 million fraud in Atlantic City in 2014 using the «edge sorting» method, which implies examining and memorizing abnormalities on certain cards. Phil and his partner realised that some of the cards had diamonds and patterns with defects on the back. They would then ask the dealer to flip the «good» and the «bad» cards in prearranged directions, enabling the schemers to identify the cards quickly. The casino has filed a lawsuit against the two fraudsters, Ivey denied all accusations.
2. The Fake Shuffling Scam
Pai Gow John gathered a team of illegal counters by convincing dealers to cheat for him, who would pretend they were shuffling cards while the cards would just make a shuffling sound and remain in the same order. The main player, pretending to be smoking a cigarette, would whisper the information about the dealt cards with the help of a microphone hidden in his sleeve. The outside players would then place their bets according to the way the smoker put his fingers on the cigarette. The group was discovered by casino security surveillance. Some of the members already accepted their charges and are now in jail, while Pai Gow John had to give up some of his luxurious mansions and vehicles.
1. Australian Danny Ocean
An unidentified man managed to steal over $30 million from the Crown Casino in Melbourne after hacking the surveillance system. It is suspected that one member of the group played at a VIP table, while his partner observed the surveillance footage from inside or around the building. This partner then relayed which bets to drop for a maximum gain. Additionally, the casino official, who was supposed to check on the group, was dismissed that evening and it is still unknown if he was one of the conspirators.