BACCARAT SCAM HITS MELBOURNE’S CROWN CASINO
It is without a doubt that baccarat is easily one of the casino games with the best glitz and glamour. As the game of choice for James Bond, the game has become a popular choice for many high-rollers around the world, often involving hundreds of thousand dollars changing hands. Being such a popular game involving such a high stake, it is a bit too tempting for players to attempt to tip the tables in their favors, and this has exactly happened in Melbourne’s Crown Casino.
Back in 2018, a group of gamblers from China was caught in action at the Melbourne Crown Casino. 3 of them cut the dealer in on their winnings for signaling which cards were next in line, this is so that they could fix the game and return home in victory.
Within the span of 2 months in 2018, the three worked tables for a total of 58 hours, according to the court hearing. During that time, they claimed a whopping AUD 431,000 in total. In order to ensure the success of their scheme, one baccarat dealer at the casino with the name of Michael Huo was robed into the scheme to assist them and inform them of the cards that were coming up next, in order for them to place winning bets.
The scheme was revealed when the casino checked CCTV footage of the recent big winners in the casino and noticed suspicious card handling at Huo’s table. The casino then decided to further investigate following which, the trio was charged with dealing in the proceeds of crime. As a result, one of the three was sentenced to pay AUD to a gambling addicts association as penance for crime. Punishment for the others involved in the crime has yet to be determined.
Baccarat is one of the easiest games to rope the dealer in on a scheme such as these. There is no external influence on the game and the dealer only needs to draw cards according to the play rules. As such, he/she gets ample time to take a peek at the cards and inform the players. Baccarat tables are also often secluded or even placed in private roomes – this would avoid the prying eyes of bystanders on the open casino floor!
How Simple is Baccarat?
Baccarat is extremely simple for a player. He/she is only required to pick the outcome of the hands of cards i.e. either the banker wins/ player wins or a tie. It also has one of the lowest house edges, which means that the chances of the player losing all his cash to the house is very low. The group of scammers is very likely to have been banned by most if not all big casinos around the globe after this attempt.
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