Gambling is among the oldest and most popular pastimes that’s been a part of civilisation for thousands of years. Humans have always been fascinated by the concept of probability, and the idea of possibly winning money or other valuables through chance is extremely appealing to most people around the world. Gambling has become a commonality in both developed and developing countries throughout the globe, and most governments have put a lot of effort into creating laws and guidelines to keep gambling in check.
When Willie Sutton, an American bank robber was captured in 1952 after a criminal career which spanned 40 years, he was asked why he had chosen the profession he had. His response was as stunning as it was simple. He answered that that is where the money is!
The United States of America is a country that prides itself on its pursuit of dignity and freedom for all. These strange gambling laws tell a different story when it comes to liberty, however!
There is no question that casinos have incredible security. In fact, they have some of the most notoriously high security out of any venue in the world. But this doesn’t stop some criminals from taking a shot at a robbery. The vast majority of these attempts fail, and end with the criminals in jail, or worse. But sometimes, out of incredible effort, dumb luck, or a combination of the two, the robberies are successful.
A Catholic priest from Ontario, Canada has been jailed for two years for defrauding nearly CA$1 million (US$760,000) from desperate refugees to fund a self-destructive gambling habit, according to recent news reports.
The chance of walking into a casino as Joe or Jane Average and walkout Mr or Ms Millionaire is what keeps us going back. It’s a crazy world, filled with the possibility that you will suddenly getting your hands on vast amounts of money.
In Canada, Mitchell Sumka, a former financial advisor was recently sentenced to 27 months in prison for stealing money from his customer’s accounts to pay off gambling debts. The accused stole money from customer accounts held at TD Bank in the province of Manitoba, and went about doing so in some rather creative ways.
A former Victoria gaming minister is among those calling for investigations into Crown Melbourne. Tony Robinson made the call after the casino was accused of links with Chinse organised crime.
The Swedish gambling market recently underwent some serious changes after many years of preparation and deliberation. The new laws were passed as a way to strengthen the gambling monopolies within the country, making it more difficult for both domestic and foreign entities from obtaining a licence within its regulated market.
Working in a casino as a dealer takes a certain amount of discipline, and the temptation of pocketing a few chips must always be huge. Most dealers manage not to get their hands dirty, and then there are those that do. Then, there are those that do, and get caught.