Most of us have heard about ingenious scammers that have tried to swindle casinos for millions. It makes a great theme for movies ranging from Rain Man to Ocean’s Eleven. We don’t have to go to fiction to uncover some extraordinary scams in the history of casinos. In fact, some of them are so unbelievable; you’d probably want to bet it is all made-up. We’ve gather a couple of the most mind-blowing casino scans in history.
THE ROSELLI BROTHERS
The mysterious Roselli Brothers are the most famous casino scammers in recent memory. They were able to run away with close to $40 million, without losing a cent of their own money!
The scam was ingenious. They hired a computer hacker in 1995, at a time cyber-crime was still young and victims unsuspecting. They were able to steal the identity and information of various affluent individuals with perfect credit scores. Once they had taken on these identities, they visited various casinos and open credit lines by depositing $50,000 in each casino. For 5 years they played like high-rollers, losing at times, winning at times. The casinos fully trusted them, constantly increasing their credit lines.
By 2000, the Roselli Brothers had credit lines worth over $1 million. This was the year they went to Las Vegas to cash out all their credit. They even made a fortune by winning on a single $100,000 bet.
The Roselli Brothers disappeared after that. The FBI has been unable to find them and there are rumors that they passed away. Their identity has never been confirmed; some believe it was a clan of gangsters from New Jersey, with more than 2 members involved.
CANNES CONTACT LENSES
This scam was brilliantly conceived but executed badly. A group of three Italians and one dealer of the Cannes ‘Les Prince’ casino in 2011 came up with a stupendous plan. The dealer was to hand a few casino deck cards to the Italians, which would mark them with an invisible marker, drawing symbols on the cards corresponding to their value. The cards were return to the dealer that would reintroduce them to the casino on his following shift. One of the Italians – code name Parmesan - returned the next day to the same casino wearing special contact lenses that made the ink visible to him only.
That first day, they were able to accrue thousands of Euros without raising any suspicion. But greed got the better of them. On a return trip to the same casino, the security team identified suspicious behavior. The Italian would fold hands that were strong, suggesting he knew the dealer had a better hand.
They called the local police and were able to discover that the cards had been marked. All three Italians got severe fines and lengthy prison sentences. It was the first time this kind of technology was used in a European casino, confirmed a casino representative.
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