Fraud

5 Casino fraud and cheat stories

Fraudsters:

Since the emergence of gambling, there have been many cheaters who sought to make a profit by cheating. With the development of gemling developed and ingenuity of the impure on the hand of players. We present the most striking cases of fraud in casinos.

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Richard Marcus.

Not being able to earn a living by legal gambling, Richard Markus took a job at a casino in Las Vegas as a dealer. This allowed him to see all the background work of a gambling establishment. The information he received was enough for Markus to find an easy way to fool the casino.

He laid out a stack of chips in a special way: on top there were two 5-dollar chips, on the bottom there was a chip worth $500. However, Markus moved the stack so that before the eyes of the dealer was allegedly three red chips for $ 15.

If the bet wins, Markus informs the dealer about the size of the bet more than $ 1000. If the bet did not play, he waited until the dealer turned his back and exchanged the expensive chip for a $5 chip.

So he won millions of dollars and was never caught. Now he’s retired, published two books, runs his website and blog.

Keith Tuff.

This is the last person to be charged with fraud. Deeply religious Baptist, church choir leader, family man. He made a device, took his own son as an accomplice and went to blackjack the casino.

On his stomach, he placed a kind of computer, toes entered card and gadget denominations, after a series of calculations, gave Dafu the necessary combinations. For this he made special glasses with alarm lights.

A few years later, the fraudulent Baptist was caught, but he was released for lack of evidence. Venerable experts could not unravel the secret of the miracle device Keith Dafa.

Family roulette.

In 1973, relatives conceived to pull a roulette scam. The croupier became the breeder, his sister and husband also took part. The croupier was a radio amateur and made a transmitter that identified a certain ball when playing roulette. He was disguised as a regular pack of cigarettes.

This method proved very successful and in a week the triple was enriched by 5 million francs. But the enormous appetites of the scam artists led to their exposure.

The owner of the place was constantly watching the surveillance video. Because he loved beautiful women, he immediately noticed the spectacular brunette, which turned out to be the sister of a croupier cheater. He noticed that the biggest winnings took place in her presence, and in her hands she always holds a pack of cigarettes.

Dennis Nickrash.

He was involved in slot machine fraud for 22 years, ranging from mechanical to high-tech. He started out as a locksmith and later gained a very useful experience.

From 1976-79 in Las Vegas, he “cleaned” $10 million worth of slot machines. Soon he went broke and went to prison. When he went free after 5 years, he was unpleasantly astonished. The slot machines had chips he didn’t know anything about.

The enterprising locksmith got in touch with a local mobster and he bought two slot machines for his personal use. On them, Nikrash honed his skills and found a way to rewrite the chips to tune the machine to the jackpot.

He was helped by his accomplices, who shut him down from the CCTV cameras while he changed the chips. But those same people turned him in to the FBI when they didn’t think Nikrash was paying them enough.

Dominic Lorigio.

Known by the nickname “Dominator”, Lorigio was a master of board games. After years of practice, he developed a winning “dice control” technique in craps.

The method involves adjusting the dice in a certain way, then grabbing and flipping them to land as softly as possible on the gaming table. Many believe that it’s impossible to control the fall of the dice, but Lorigio says he can do it with simple physics.

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Coin on a Thread

In the book “Slot Machine Mania” in 1988, the authors talk about how the video poker car got jammed. When technicians were fixing it, they found a coin with a small hole through which a nylon thread passed.

A simple trick – a man puts the coin in the slot, holding the thread. Once the coin has worked, the counting mechanism and credits have been registered, the cheater pulls the coin back and uses it again.

This method can be considered outdated, since the outdated slot machines with coin receivers are almost gone in the casino.

In the 1980s, equipment manufacturer Nevada sold a line of washers, which, by coincidence, were the same size and weight as American coins. The deception of the machine cheats was fully exploited, and these noncoins were found in machines throughout the state.

Fitting diameter.

Often people threw into the slots of coins of other countries, which fit the size of the desired par value. Mexican single peso coins, issued in 1985, were identical to American quarters (25 cents). Some slot machines successfully took them. This is not just about the Mexican currency. Used money from different countries, which passed into the gap machine.

In modern slots that do not accept coins, the equivalent method of deception – fake paper money. Casino owners are too well aware of the fraudulent potential and constantly work with the manufacturers of account validators, which scan the money to ensure its authenticity.

Magnetic field.

Modern machines are protected from the external influence of a magnet, but the machines of the 1960s and 70s were vulnerable.

On some machines, a strong magnet attached to the outside of the machine forced the drums to scroll rather than stopping where they were intended. When the drums reached a winning combination, the cheaters removed the magnet and demanded payment as indicated by the drum symbols.

Today slot machines are controlled by a random number generator, so this type of scam has passed away.

The woman inside the slot machine.

In Nevada, in 1990, a woman cheater was arrested after trying to deceive the slot machine Big Bertha. It is a tall, wide machine of enormous size, which is now used more as a museum piece to attract attention in large casinos.

Guards noticed a crowd of yawns that gathered near the slot machine. The car door was partially open and a woman climbed into the car. After she manipulated the drums and made a winning combination, the woman came back and closed the slot door.

Passers-by laughed, but the guards caught the cheater and called the police.

The engineer of the con.

The Nevada Game Management Commission used Ronald Dale Harris as an engineer. He worked on monitoring and auditing systems for electronic gaming devices.

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Through his work, he knew some of the source codes for the machines and took advantage of it. Harris was arrested in New Jersey in 1995 for using inside information in the basic computer program of the slot machines, which allowed him to win $100,000 in a Keno video game.

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How did gambling appear and develop in the U.S.? – part 2

After a while, when the uprisings calmed down, the enterprising Americans quickly found a way out of this situation and began paying the captains of the river ships. In return for the generous payment, the captains carried the players aboard. Self-propelled river casinos of the time were an incredible spectacle. Multi-deck ships were transformed into the epicenter of contrasts. Unfortunate slaves were on the lower decks, while the upper decks were generously decorated with gambling tables.

While the gambling industry moved to water transport, there were many crooks who cheated unsuspecting players. “Sharks, as they called themselves, used the slow speed of steamboats of that time. Using small boats, they would catch up with the steamships, board, fence off the players and leave in search of a new victim.

Got to the point that the captains began to collude with the “Sharks”, so the crooks moved on to a new stage of their art. The use of expensive suits and the rich appearance, did not give observers reason to suspect them of fraud.

In the late 19th century, gambling was incredibly popular among the entire population. Slaves from the African continent and travelers from faraway China also contributed to the development of gambling. American settlers from other continents have brought not only the culture of their countries, but also the most popular gambling activities that were known only to their people.

More and more citizens of the country sought to develop their own gambling business. Even women of the fair sex were not squeamish about gambling. The first woman who became a dealer in San Francisco, is considered Eleanor Dumont. A little later, Eleanor invested her knowledge in the personal gambling business. Publications in the newspapers of the time testify to the success of her brainchild.

Around the same time period, the Americans learned about a new type of gambling addiction – gold rush. Perseverance and thirst for profit, with which many sought to find gold, can be rightly compared with gambling excitement.

The moment James W. Marshall discovered the first gold flakes at Sutter’s mill, it is considered the beginning of the famous “gold rush”, which continues to this day.

As a result, as the prosperity of gold diggers began to increase, gambling began to appear again everywhere, gradually moving from ships to land.

It should be noted that as the number of rich people increased, so did the number of scammers. Prospectors, who in blood and then earned their wealth, were increasingly exposed to fraud. Traveling cheaters with stolen cards or “loaded bones” regularly left gamblers without their last pants and hiding in an unknown direction. The city of Dodge City, famous for its danger to rich gamblers.

Gradually, San Francisco has become a major Mecca for gamblers, largely due to gold mines and a large number of modern casinos. San Francisco has become a place where Mexican, Chinese, African, Indian, rich and poor alike could lose their money. Competition between players for the right to take a cozy place in a popular casino has led to a new profession – a gambler.

Due to the high competition between casinos, managers were looking for new ways to attract players with big money. The premises where the casinos were located looked very rich, and the interior was filled with expensive works of art. The tables where the treats were placed were cracked with plenty of free food and drinks.

A little later, the owners of the casino began to invite women as dealers of the fair sex. The rich, looking at the girls, much more willing to part with their money.

After the discovery of gold in California in 1848, entire families from all over the country rushed to the western part of the state, in the hope of securing a rich future. Prospectors looking for gold and silver became the main target of professional players. At that time it was a popular joke that by day miners were mining precious nuggets and gold sands, and at night professional players were emptying the pockets of miners of heavy metals.

By 1856, there were more than 100 major casinos in San Francisco. Unfortunately, the city was mired in crime and prostitution. Drawing attention to how a thriving city is rapidly turning into an uncultured hangout, James King, a famous gambling opponent, established and led a moralist movement in San Francisco.

As editor of the Daily Evening Bulletin, James King promoted a gambless life. King was a very rich man, and history is silent on how he managed to make that fortune. His view of life was fundamentally different from that of the United States at the time. In his articles, he regularly revealed the evil intentions of dishonest casino owners and constantly reminded of the danger that was waiting for players in the face of fraudsters. As a result, James King was brutally killed on the street in broad daylight. In this inhumane way, the casino owners made it clear to anyone who wanted to interfere with their business that they should not joke.

The government, in response to the rampant lawlessness, once again used the tactic of banning gambling. Small fines and corrupt officials of the time allowed the casino owners to work without any hindrance.

During this period, Nevada became the second most important city for gambling. Despite the ban on gambling, which lasted until 1910, it was possible to find a casino in Nevada without much effort. It should be noted that, despite the relatively high level of casino development in Nevada, it was not possible to reach the level of gambling in San Francisco.

The Civil War of 1861-1865 between the union of 20 non-slave states and 4 slave states of the North against 11 slave states of the South has left its mark in the history of gambling in the United States. Card games, became one of the most conservative means of entertainment for the majority of troops involved in the civil struggle.

It is known a great number of cases when the soldiers of one army fought against the opponents of another army in card duels. Such competitions were regularly held under cover of the night, within the neutral zone, when the opposing armies were in close proximity to each other.

A little later, soldiers weary of battles, increasingly bet on amateur races, cockfights and keno. Historians managed to find one curious publication in the newspapers of the time, which told about a new kind of gambling entertainment. Soldiers were betting on whose louse would reach the finish line faster. The soldiers used small pieces of tin and one louse each of the hairs involved in the soldiers’ race to hold such races. That’s the fiction, the excitement that drove the people of the time.

After a while, when the uprisings calmed down, the enterprising Americans quickly found a way out of this situation and began paying the captains of the river ships. In return for the generous payment, the captains carried the players aboard. Self-propelled river casinos of the time were an incredible spectacle. Multi-deck ships were transformed into the epicenter of contrasts. Unfortunate slaves were on the lower decks, while the upper decks were generously decorated with gambling tables.

While the gambling industry moved to water transport, there were many crooks who cheated unsuspecting players. “Sharks, as they called themselves, used the slow speed of steamboats of that time. Using small boats, they would catch up with the steamships, board, fence off the players and leave in search of a new victim.

Got to the point that the captains began to collude with the “Sharks”, so the crooks moved on to a new stage of their art. The use of expensive suits and the rich appearance, did not give observers reason to suspect them of fraud.

In the late 19th century, gambling was incredibly popular among the entire population. Slaves from the African continent and travelers from faraway China also contributed to the development of gambling. American settlers from other continents have brought not only the culture of their countries, but also the most popular gambling activities that were known only to their people.

More and more citizens of the country sought to develop their own gambling business. Even women of the fair sex were not squeamish about gambling. The first woman who became a dealer in San Francisco, is considered Eleanor Dumont. A little later, Eleanor invested her knowledge in the personal gambling business. Publications in the newspapers of the time testify to the success of her brainchild.

Around the same time period, the Americans learned about a new type of gambling addiction – gold rush. Perseverance and thirst for profit, with which many sought to find gold, can be rightly compared with gambling excitement.

The moment James W. Marshall discovered the first gold flakes at Sutter’s mill, it is considered the beginning of the famous “gold rush”, which continues to this day.

As a result, as the prosperity of gold diggers began to increase, gambling began to appear again everywhere, gradually moving from ships to land.

It should be noted that as the number of rich people increased, so did the number of scammers. Prospectors, who in blood and then earned their wealth, were increasingly exposed to fraud. Traveling cheaters with stolen cards or “loaded bones” regularly left gamblers without their last pants and hiding in an unknown direction. The city of Dodge City, famous for its danger to rich gamblers.

Gradually, San Francisco has become a major Mecca for gamblers, largely due to gold mines and a large number of modern casinos. San Francisco has become a place where Mexican, Chinese, African, Indian, rich and poor alike could lose their money. Competition between players for the right to take a cozy place in a popular casino has led to a new profession – a gambler.

Due to the high competition between casinos, managers were looking for new ways to attract players with big money. The premises where the casinos were located looked very rich, and the interior was filled with expensive works of art. The tables where the treats were placed were cracked with plenty of free food and drinks.

A little later, the owners of the casino began to invite women as dealers of the fair sex. The rich, looking at the girls, much more willing to part with their money.

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After the discovery of gold in California in 1848, entire families from all over the country rushed to the western part of the state, in the hope of securing a rich future. Prospectors looking for gold and silver became the main target of professional players. At that time it was a popular joke that by day miners were mining precious nuggets and gold sands, and at night professional players were emptying the pockets of miners of heavy metals.

By 1856, there were more than 100 major casinos in San Francisco. Unfortunately, the city was mired in crime and prostitution. Drawing attention to how a thriving city is rapidly turning into an uncultured hangout, James King, a famous gambling opponent, established and led a moralist movement in San Francisco.

As editor of the Daily Evening Bulletin, James King promoted a gambless life. King was a very rich man, and history is silent on how he managed to make that fortune. His view of life was fundamentally different from that of the United States at the time. In his articles, he regularly revealed the evil intentions of dishonest casino owners and constantly reminded of the danger that was waiting for players in the face of fraudsters. As a result, James King was brutally killed on the street in broad daylight. In this inhumane way, the casino owners made it clear to anyone who wanted to interfere with their business that they should not joke.

The government, in response to the rampant lawlessness, once again used the tactic of banning gambling. Small fines and corrupt officials of the time allowed the casino owners to work without any hindrance.

During this period, Nevada became the second most important city for gambling. Despite the ban on gambling, which lasted until 1910, it was possible to find a casino in Nevada without much effort. It should be noted that, despite the relatively high level of casino development in Nevada, it was not possible to reach the level of gambling in San Francisco.

The Civil War of 1861-1865 between the union of 20 non-slave states and 4 slave states of the North against 11 slave states of the South has left its mark in the history of gambling in the United States. Card games, became one of the most conservative means of entertainment for the majority of troops involved in the civil struggle.

It is known a great number of cases when the soldiers of one army fought against the opponents of another army in card duels. Such competitions were regularly held under cover of the night, within the neutral zone, when the opposing armies were in close proximity to each other.

A little later, soldiers weary of battles, increasingly bet on amateur races, cockfights and keno. Historians managed to find one curious publication in the newspapers of the time, which told about a new kind of gambling entertainment. Soldiers were betting on whose louse would reach the finish line faster. The soldiers used small pieces of tin and one louse each of the hairs involved in the soldiers’ race to hold such races. That’s the fiction, the excitement that drove the people of the time.

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How did gambling appear and develop in the U.S.? – part 1

Despite the fact that the true home of gambling is considered England. The new inhabitants of the American continent, after the discovery of uncharted land, brought their culture. It is with gambling, which was an integral part of English society, begins the history of gambling in America. English colonial settlers, exploring new lands, formed the city of Jamestown, which historians consider them home. The new settlers turned gambling into a cult, which became a determining factor for the preferences of the young American nation.

At the beginning of its development, gambling remotely resembled their modern form. For a very long time, gambling was part of the various sacred rituals of the Indian tribes, then found a special popularity (around 1600) has found a race against the clock, when the audience bet on the winners. Around the same time as researchers have been able to establish, the first mention of lotteries appears.

It is hard to imagine, but the history of the gambling industry suddenly stopped for 200 years as a result of the ban, which we will talk about in the publication below.

Interestingly, as a result of the high popularity and prevalence of gambling, the gambling industry in North America, at that time, surpassed the gaming industry of its colonial neighbors, which brought it to the open continent.

The rivalry that emerged between the indigenous inhabitants of the mainland and visiting colonists was visible everywhere. This can be seen in the popular draughts, lacrosse, dice, etc. competitions. Cash sums of money, which were bets, more and more often reached significant sizes.

During the period of flourishing slavery, which is known to be ubiquitous in America at that time, there were often cases where rivals put not money or jewelry at stake, but their freedom and free labor. The people of that time in America preferred competition to military conflicts between different communities and estates.

In the seventeenth century, entertainment was not so much, so gambling became increasingly popular.

The history of horse racing, and with them and betting on horses, it is accepted to count down from 1610, when in Virginia brought the first seven thoroughbred racehorses.

Over the next hundred years, the settlers adapted to gambling not only for pleasure, but also for good. The gambling tax, which was introduced on time, helped city dwellers expand road infrastructure and promote education by building the universities of Harvard, Yale and Princeton.

Players at the U.S. casino. Gold fever.

At a time when the manufactory was thriving, the aristocrats in the workshops and workshops were extremely excited. It seemed to them that gambling could scare the working class away from their jobs, because everyone had the opportunity to earn by relying on their luck. Because of the heated environment around gambling, England, which at that time was the patroness of the New World, issued a law banning gambling in America. However, this first ban on gambling did not last long.

By 1850, American society became so closely associated with gambling, that many began to call them a new type of recreation (rest). Hard working weekdays and fatigue players quickly forgot during the game. In order to diversify the gambling industry, enterprising Americans offered players gambling cruises. Anyone could buy a steamer ticket and play their favorite games as they moved along the banks of the Mississippi. Gambling establishments aboard river vessels were in great demand.

River cruises were profitable for players, because they could hardly be caught off-guard by moralists on the ship, who did not leave attempts to clear the country of gambling.

The luxury and extravagance of the southern part of the country, achieved largely through gambling, irritated the puritan North.

The puritans, who arrived on the mainland, enlisted the support of England in the struggle to clear America of gambling and slavery.

U.S. President Andrew Jackson, who refused to cooperate with the puritans, saw nothing wrong in gambling. On the contrary, he believed that gambling helps workers quickly recover.

Constantly heated environment around gambling has reached a boiling point and a wave of uprisings swept through the country. In the northern United States, they were much larger than the uprisings in the southern part of the country. The uprising began in the city of Vicksburg and then spread throughout the United States.

At a time when the hunt for the players began, gamblers once again helped water transport. The Mississippi and Ohio rivers were overflowing with boats full of people running away.

Many fugitives unable to escape by boat were hiding in the holds of large merchant ships exporting cotton, tobacco and other goods. Historical sources unfortunately contain facts that speak of the tragic fate of the fugitives, time and again. When the captains discovered the “stowaway”, they were left on deserted islands or lowered down the board according to an old maritime tradition.