How players and dealers scam casinos

coverscam11052016I remember one of my first trips to Las Vegas at a casino that I won’t name but that rhymes with Mio. I sat down to play Blackjack and won a few hands. At this particular casino, the dealers sported nametags with their names (obviously) and their hometown.

This particular dealer was from Chicago, Illinois, which happened to be where I lived for about 7 years growing up. We started chatting about different neighborhoods, the Cubs, how anything but Chicago-style pizza is horrible, and so forth.

After a few hands, the dealer said, “this is a great time to go big, I can feel it”. So I did. I dropped down $200. I was dealt a 17 against the dealer’s 6. Naturally, I stayed. The dealer flipped over a 10, forcing himself to hit. He then received a 2 and had 18.

He beat me by one, but it seemed to be my lucky day. My frown was instantly turned upside down when he paid me $200 for that win, even though I technically lost. At that point, I took my winnings and left the table. I assumed that either he’d realize he made a mistake or the pit boss, watching the eye in the sky, would come looking for me. Neither happened and I made off with my $200 like a bandit.

I still look back on that day, wondering if the dealer hand hooked me up because of our shared relationship with Chicago or if it was just an honest mistake. I assumed it was the latter, but the more and more I read about casino dealers and players working together to scam the system, the more I think that maybe, just maybe, he was cheating and didn’t really give a damn.

Dealers and players working in cahoots to scam the system happens more often than you think. Today, we’ve got a few stories of scammers that have made headlines, plus a few that are only starting to surface.

Players and a dealer work together to scam Detroit casino

In an elaborate but incredibly simple scam, a former poker dealer and six different gamblers from across Detroit are facing criminal charges for bilking a casino out of big money. It happened back in 2014, but the fraudsters are only now facing charges after a lengthy investigation uncovered their scam.

In a nutshell, a poker dealer named Darryl Green is accused of paying out losing bets and not colleting losses on lost bets. It happened at MotorCity Casino in Detroit, presumably at the tables where players face off against the dealer, not communal poker where the house just takes a cut.

Here’s a look at the charges that each of the alleged fraudsters is facing:

  • One count of conspiracy to cheat at a gambling game (a five-year felony)
  • One count of gambling activities (a 10-year felony)
  • One count of conspiracy to commit larceny in a building (a four-year felony)
  • One count of larceny in a building (a four-year felony)

Players and a dealer work together to scam Detroit casino

Two gamblers who frequented Mohegan Sun Pocono Casino are facing charges along with a dealer for stealing $17,000 playing Pai Gow. The scam involved the dealer intentionally dealing himself out losing hands so that the players can win.

The cheating dealer must repay the $17,000, but it’s thought that there might be more scammers working at the casino. That’s because as part of the dealer’s plea bargain, he has agreed to work with the authorities to help uncover other cheaters.

When she wins, she wins big

One popular casino dealer scam involves paying players for losing bets. Unfortunately for the scammers (and fortunately for the casino) security has become wise to the con. So today, dealers are mixing things up a bit. Instead of paying players for losing bets, and losses are taken by the house as per usual. But when a player wins, oh does he or she win big.

At Mohegan Sun Casino, a table games dealer overpaid a Blackjack player more than $78,000. It wasn’t necessarily because he liked her. It was because they were working together and he was taking a slice of the action.

When the accused player won a hand, the dealer would sneak $100 chips into the $5 chip stacks. The two would then split the winnings and both made off like bandits—until authorities caught wind of the situation.

Defying statistics

The thing about casinos is that at the end of the day, it’s all about statistics and math. And when those statistics are blown out of the water, security takes notice. It happened at Bellagio between 2012 and 2014 when, by all mathematical accounts, a crew of players should have lost $712,029 based on their bets. But instead, they actually won $1,086,400.

The scam involved two dealers working together with a couple players to place phantom bets and pay them out regardless of the win. The scam would also involve paying out some players less for some wins, so that the money tossed out eventually balanced out.

When they say the house always wins, it was definitely true in this case. The two faced felony theft charges.

Win big without scamming

The thing about trying to scam the casino along with a dealer is that at the end of the day, the law will catch up to you. Sure, you can win $30,000 right now by working with casino dealer cheats, but casinos are constantly monitoring their wins and losses, on the lookout a for suspicious play.

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