Casinos being a prime and open place to make money have been a subject of heist and break-ins. However, there have been many people who thought one-step ahead of what a regular robber would think of. These masterminds’ succeeded in scamming some of the topmost casinos of the world, and even so, they remained successful to avoid arrest for quite sometime.
Let’s move ahead and see the top 7 recent casino scams.
Ritz Casino Scam
It was the year 2004, when three super genius gamblers were able to get a whopping £1.3 million from London’s most famous Ritz Club Casino. The trio made use of the laser technology to calculate the winning numbers for the roulette. The scanner was supposedly connected to a computer with software that could figure out the landing number for the roulette ball. The trio was arrested, however no charges were applied. Apparently, the “sector targeting” theory is not considered cheating.
2011 was the year when police was actively looking for “cutter gang”. The team worked impeccably to take away millions of dollars from the baccarat table. This time also technology was apparently their big time helper. A player wore a very small camera, which was fitted inside the cufflink. The camera was to record the card values, which were then meticulously used by another player to cut the deck. Authorities had to let them go after no solid evidence was found after their arrest in Cosmopolitan Casino, Las Vegas.
Crown Casino Scam
The most famous casino of Melbourne, Australia, Crown Casino was robbed off $33 million AUD in 2013. The case is still open because the unknown subject(s) could not be traced back. Apparently the unknown person successfully hacked the surveillance system to carry out the heist. The scam seems to be carried out by more than 2 people. The details of the scam have not been shared by the casino officially, however they are determined to get back all of their money.
Contact Lens Scam
Year 2011, Cannes – 64,000 Euros were conned from a well known Cannes Casino, Les Princes Casino. The players, a Frenchman and 3 Italians used invisible ink marking and high-tech contact lenses to carry out the scam. During the game session of stud poker, the Frenchman used invisible ink to make a line for ace and cross for king on the cards. The Italians used their special contact lenses to see these symbols on the card. Unfortunately, their winning seemed fishy and police was called upon. They were arrested and are going to be in prison for long time.
1 Minute ATM Casino Scam
14 people were arrested for the theft of more than $1 million in 2012, using their Citibank debit card. Headed by Ara Keshishyan, the team opened multiple checking accounts with Citibank. The team then used the debit card all over the Las Vegas and Southern California casino ATMs to withdraw 10 times the original deposited money. There was a 1 minute withdrawal window that allowed them to carry out many unrecorded withdrawals. The withdrawn money was then split for gambling. Ara Keshishyan was arrested for million dollar bank fraud.
Roulette Ring Scam, New York
A group of almost 70 people was charged with the Roulette Ring Scam, New York in 2012. The group consisted of many players who would place extremely low bets per chip for the game. While few players were busy distracting the dealer, the others played on with colored chips. These chips were basically used to cash out high value on other tables - $1000-$2000 per cheat. Although only 4 people were arrested (who also pled guilty) for the scam, there’s a speculation that the group was much bigger.
The Roselli Brothers Scam
A group of con artists made $37 million during a 5 year span from 1995 to 2000. These artists called themselves “The Roselli Brothers”, who raked the casinos of Nevada, New Jersey and Puerto Rico using the identity theft scheme. The brothers were accompanied by a computer hacker who was able to find people with remarkable credits. Using their identity, the brothers opened bank accounts with an investment of $50,000 and in return they got access to the credit lines of all the major casinos. While the scamming was going on for almost 5 years, it was in the year 2000, when the FBI managed to figure out about the heist, only to find out that the real Roselli brothers were dead.
Considering the fact that most of the scams go unaccounted or unsolved due to the lack of evidence, these genius casino scams made it to the list that took place in the recent years.