Casino Dealer Tries to Get Away with the Unthinkable
Mar 25 2016
With Casino security tighter than Fort Knox, it will take a plot better than Oceans 11 to pull off a stunt and get away with it. Though much less complicated, a dealer had a trick not up his sleeve but rather down the leg of his pants.
At Cromwell Mint Casino in South Kensington, West London, an employee working as a table dealer managed to pinch thousands of pounds while on duty.
The Romanian croupier concocted an apparatus that when chips were placed in his trouser pocket would funnel through a tube inside his pant leg connected to his sock where they would ultimately settle.
The West London casino bosses began to get suspicious of the dealer after watching him during a table game session leading to monitoring his behavior more closely.
After the dealer placed the chips in the false pocket of his trousers he had an accomplice in his scam. In what is described as an "Eastern European beauty", the stolen chips were passed to her on a fire escape during his cigarette break. It is alleged the swindle operation went on for several months, with a friend heading to the cashier cage appearing as a casino winner to cash in the chips a few days later.
Once the observation process was carefully accessed careful, the casino organized a search of the of the dealer by security staff. One casino source reported "The chips literally fell out of him as he stood outside in the street. He even had some secreted in his socks."
Police searched his flat and found £12,000 in cash, yet the total amount of cash stolen is unclear. What turns out to an unbelievable outcome is the dealer basically walked away with no more than a slap on his wrist.
Besides getting fired from his job, he was lucky enough to walk away with just a warning and does not face any jail time for the theft committed. It throws out the window the adage “you do the crime and you pay the time”.
Unlike two British croupiers Daniel Johnson and Craig Walker who worked as croupiers at Coral Island Casino in Liverpool who weren’t as lucky after stealing an estimated £23,000. In June 2015 a scheme to rig the roulette wheel during the slower times in the casino along with accomplice Kevin Traynor left the trio doing jail time.
There is a solid ring of truth in the famous quote from the movie Casino:
“Since the players are looking to beat the casino, the dealers are watching the players. The box men are watching the dealers. The floor men are watching the box men. The pit bosses are watching the floor men. The shift bosses are watching the pit bosses. The casino manager is watching the shift bosses. I'm watching the casino manager. And the eye-in-the-sky is watching us all.”
So the most bewildering and intriguing question of all is how does anyone ever think they are going to get away with it?