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You know that saying, “You win some, you lose some”? Well, some gamblers just haven’t taken that proverb to heart. Instead of spending time at the tables trying to win money fair and square, they resort to hare-brained casino heists and cheating schemes. If the real-world casinos aren’t delivering enough big wins for your liking, take your gambling online, where payouts are bigger, win ratios are higher and you never have to leave the house to enjoy a good pokie. Don’t be like these foolish gamblers.
- “The Sock Cheaters”
These two cheaters sound like they just walked out of a 70s’ casino movie plot – except, of course, they got caught. Two physics students at the University of California built a computer tiny enough to fit into a shoe and programmed the computer to read the wheel movements. That computer, worn by one student, then transmitted signals to the other player’s shoe so he could make a winning bet. Sounds ingenious? You bet! But while they were a creative pair, their ideas far surpassed their execution – the computer short-circuited more than once, each time leaving the unlucky cheater with a burnt sock, a suspicious smoky odour and a nasty electric shock. Needless to say, they eventually got caught and sent to jail.
- Anthony Carleo
On a frosty December morning,, a man armed with nothing but a handgun and a motorcycle helmet walked into the Bellagio casino and left with a bag containing $1.5 million in gambling chips. Anthony Carleo really should’ve asked for cash. Since the early 2000s, the top Vegas casinos have put tracking devices on the highest-denomination chips, and the Bellagio was no exception. Since he wasn’t able to cash in any of the chips he stole, the only takeaway that the thief got from his endeavor was bragging rights – and brag he did, till the day someone reported his exploits and the police came knocking.
- Soboba Casino
Ronaldo Luda Ramos was a security employee at the Soboba Casino in Las Vegas. By his own account, he watched one casino heist movie too many. After watching Ocean’s Eleven Ramos decided to attempt his own grand heist, attacking two colleagues and making off with $1.5 million. He didn’t account for CCTV footage, though – an unforgivable mistake given that he was the one responsible for installing the CCTV cameras in the first place – and was readily identified and arrested.
So if you’re ever tempted to lie, cheat or steal during your next trip to the casino, don’t. You might end up like these hapless punters. Gamble online instead, and rake in big money the legal way.