5 Amazing Casino Scams That Actually Worked

5 Amazing Casino Scams That Actually Worked


People are pretty ingenious and when it comes
to finding creative ways to cheat the casino.
Some have gone above and beyond; From using
brute force, to smart gadgets, these are the
5 cleverest ways people have cheated the casino.
Obvious disclaimer, This is NOT a tutorial.
In 1973, a French Roulette dealer built a
radio transmitter inside a pack of cigarettes
and added the receiver to a roulette ball.
Along with his sister and a friend, the sister
controlled the transmitter which could make
the ball drop into a certain area of the wheel,
always within the same 6 numbers. Their male
accomplice would place the bets. The gang’s
plan was 90% accurate and took the casino
for 5 million francs, that’s $1 million
dollars US.
They were caught when the casino owner became
infatuated with the roulette dealer’s sister,
and his increased attention led him to notice
that she was always close to the winning tables.
Shortly after, the group were taken into custody.
A little more recently In 2011, four con artists
managed to take €64,000 from poker tables
at Les Princes Casino in Cannes. A casino
employee insider marked the backs of cards
with invisible ink. Each card had a different
symbol depending on which type of card it
was: A line for an ace, a cross for a king
and so on.
The others wore special contact lenses to
then spot the winning cards. As always, the
casino grew suspicious of their success and
upon a search, the group’s system was uncovered.
In 2012, Phil Ivey Jr, a professional poker
player, was accused of edge sorting his way
to £7.3 million, playing punto banco at Crockford’s
Casino in London. Edge sorting is when a player
uses the slight imperfections on the backs
of the cards to keep track of specific cards
in the deck. These imperfections are minor
of course, but can prove very useful.
Ivey had even asked the dealer to change decks
multiple times and rotate cards, before he
was said that he was “happy” to play.
He quickly found himself in court where he
lost his plea. In 2014, Ivey managed to win
$9.6million at a baccarat table in Atlantic
City. However, his reputation preceded him
and the casino refused to pay up.
Sometimes a brute force approach is the best.
A staggering 50 to 70 person operation, across
multiple casinos in 18 states were involved
in a simple scam. They would buy a $1 dollar
chip to enter games of roulette. An accomplice
would distract the dealer, while the player
would steal chips. They’d then meet a third
person in a CCTV free area, such as a toilet,
who would then cash them out.
The operation was so widespread that it is
believed that very few of the perpetrators
were actually caught.
In 2011, the Cutter gang cheated their way
to a million at Baccarat in Las Vegas. Their
scheme was to accept the offer to cut the
deck after the dealer shuffled. With cameras
hidden in their cuffs, they would drag out
the cards that were being cut, before placing
them on the top pile of the deck, seeing the
order of the cards in the deck. The player
would then excuse themselves to give all the
information to another player, who would then
come in and win big.
After being caught once, they were released
due to a lack of evidence. They were caught
again in the Philippines, before escaping
and were never heard from again.
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