4 Casino Scams That Actually Worked
While the typical casino player always conducts themselves in an honest fashion, throughout history there have been those who have perpetrated casino scams which actually worked. The majority of these scammers used modern technology to their advantage and obliterated the house edge in the process, virtually guaranteeing a win. Here’s how they did it.
The Contact Lenses and Invisible Ink Scam
In 2011, a group of scammers took the poker tables at Les Princes Casino in Cannes, France for €64,000 with the help of one of the casino employees. The employee used invisible ink to mark the backs of Aces and Kings which could only be identified through the use of special contact lenses to create winning hands. While the 4-man group got away with it the first time, Les Princes Casino became suspicious when the same group of men arrived at the casino just a week later for another round of high stakes poker. The men were caught out after French authorities identified the marked cards and the scammers’ contact lenses.
Radio Transmitters Hidden in Cigarette Boxes Scam
In 1973 at the Casino Deauville, a French roulette dealer took the casino for 5 million francs with the help of his sister and brother-in-law. A small receiver was placed inside a roulette ball and through the use of a radio receiver built into a box of cigarettes, the scammers were able to control were the roulette ball would land on the wheel. Regrettably for other would-be scammers, this type of technology would not work at Australian betting sites. The 3 scammers had a 90% success rate and the casino soon became suspicious which lead to their apprehension.
The Punto Banco Edge Sorting Scam
In 2012 at the Crockfords Casino in London, professional poker player Phil Ivey, Jr. was accused of cheating the casino out of £7.3 million during a high stakes game of Punto Banco. The casino was not fooled by Ivey’s incredible winning streak and believed he was using a method of cheating known as ‘edge sorting’ whereby a player keeps track of cards through memorising minor imperfections on the backs of face-down cards. Ivey maintained that ‘edge sorting’ does not constitute cheating, but rather maximising one’s odds, but the British courts ruled in favour of Crockfords Casino.
The Sector Targeting Through Lasers Roulette Scam
In 2004 at the Ritz Casino in London, three scammers made use of an exclusive system of lasers and computers called “sector targeting” in order to calculate the falling descent of an object in motion and correctly predict where the roulette ball might land on the wheel. Through the use of sector targeting whereby based on the speed of the roulette ball, they scanned the roulette wheel with lasers in their cellphones connected to small computers and identified where the ball might land, the trio were able to successfully scam the casino out of £1.3 million. The trio were ultimately caught, but could not be charged with any crime as there were technically no laws prohibiting the use of sector targeting at the time of their arrest.