|This Scam was a gas!|
The first was carried out by 36-year-old London roulette dealer Stuart Shipp at the Grosvenor casino in Kensington. Apparently Mr. Shipp had a cocaine habit and needed to fund it. Thus he signalled his cohort over to the table by a tug on his hair, and the cohort placed several bets straight-up on the numbers. The cohort stood in a "strategic" position to block out the view of the roulette table's inspector. Then, as the coast was clear, Shipp just placed the roulette dolly on one of his cohort's numbers, regardless of which number came in.
The pair managed $10,000 in profits over several occasions before they got caught by surveillance.
My take: I read an article about this in which the writer used the word "mastermind" to describe dealer Shipp's role in the roulette scam. (GOL...grunt out loud) I would have used the word "minormind." I mean, come on, just paying losing bets is about the most idiotic scam on any casino game....
BUT IT WORKED!
So what does that say for the inspectors at Grosvenor casino?...Imagine if the surveillance crew was a bad as the inspectors on the floor!!!
The second scam occurred on (of course) the baccarat tables at the Crown casino in Melbourne, Australia, where the crooked baccarat dealer and his three cohorts took down over $400,000 during 58 hours of playing time spaced over 5 weeks.
The scam was simply that the dealer peeked at several of the cards at the top of each new shoe and then signalled his three female cohorts (who may have been wearing surgical masks during the play) how much to bet and on which side, Player or Banker.
They finally got caught by surveillance video.
My take: Did you READ what I wrote above about the details of this baccarat scam???!!!
FIFTY-EIGHT hours over five months getting away with this rinky-dink scam!
What does that say about the inspectors in this pit?! And no kudos to surveillance either. Not after 58 hours of the cheats getting away with this one.
And they got away, more or less, in court as well. Sentences ranged from a forced $500 donation to charity to community service to diversion programs that expunged the arrests and convictions if the guilty parties stayed clean for a year.
I think Australia may be way down under when it comes to dealing with casino cheats!
And if they were indeed wearing surgical masks (their photos appeared that way), what were they for?...to choke off their laughs?