5 Casino fraud and cheat stories


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.