Monday, March 24, 2008

Casino Cheats Hit Mohegan Sun Again!

Casino Cheats include dealer this time.

You know, one of the watershed moments of my grand career as a casino cheat was when Connecticut's first giant casino, Foxwoods, opened its doors in 1992. That very first week there, my partners Pat and Balls and I cheated them out of $150,000 at $1,000 a move using $500 chips, which is a feat we never came close to matching in a single casino over the course of a week. True, we made much bigger scores than that, but they happened when we used $1,000 and $5,000 chips, which was not possible because of the bigger size of those chips (our operation required same chip-size for all denominations).

At that time, I couldn't even imagine another giant casino in Connecticut, and by the time the Mohegan Sun opened in 1996, I was too busy laying down $5,000 and $10,000 Savannah moves (see video page) to be bothered with measly $1,000 moves at the Mohegan, which, believe it or not, I've only "visited" a half-dozen times. But now I'm thinking that maybe I should have hit it a few more times! There seems to be an inordinate amount of casino cheating going on there. First there were counterfeit chip scams, then some major card marking scams, pastposting scams, and now we have dealer/player collusion scams at the blackjack tables. I have heard of some major ones going down for lots of cash, where the crooked dealers and their agents have not taken much heat. But today we get news of a dealer and his cohort on the blackjack table getting busted...and it's a laugher! Apparently, the dealer was capping (adding chips) the player's winning bets as he paid them!

Well, I must say that such a scam is ballsy if not altogether stupid! They couldn't have made that much before the Mohegan's surveillance operators got a gander at that one! I can imagine their wide-eyed expressions with mouths agape.

Here's a little news clip on it:

A dealer was arrested Sunday afternoon and charged with conspiring with a patron to steal chips from the casino. Troopers with the State Police Casino Unit charged Charles Lafont, 28, of 70 Anthony St., New London, and Anthony Constantine, 61, of West Harwich, Mass., with sixth-degree larceny, cheating and conspiracy.

According to police, Lafont took $85 in Mohegan Sun casino chips at a gaming table and added them to Constantine's bets. The dealer and patron later met and Constantine gave Lafont $200 for helping him cheat as part of a prearranged deal, police said.
Both are scheduled to appear at New London Superior Court on April 4. Constantine was released on a $500 cash bond and Lafont was released on a $1,000 non-surety bond.