Thursday, June 16, 2011

Roulette Insider Cheating Ring Charges Brought at L'Auberge du Lac Casino in Louisiana...But What is the Real Deal Here?

Darrin Hoke...What's he hiding?
Last month I posted my skepticism about the reported huge roulette scam at the L'Auberge du Lac Casino in Lake Charles Casino. Well, now it is apparently widening with more arrests and more claims of lost money. I came across this article below from KATC.com in Louisiana that reports that surveillance personnel at the casino discovered the scam by "using their advanced capabilities to expose the scam."

LOL! What huge capabilities could they have if it took them this long and that much lost money to the casino to discover the scam. Darrin Hoke, the head of L'Auberge du Lac Casino surveillance whom I know from several game protection conferences across North America, has not said anything about what this scam was except that it involved inside dealers. Come on, Darrin, I say, let us in on what happened unless you're just too damn embarrassed to let the casino world know how inept your surveillance department is!

On May 12, 2011, troopers with the Gaming Enforcement Section of the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations began an investigation into reported cheating at L'Auberge du Lac Casino Resort in Lake Charles. The investigation revealed players and dealers conspired to cheat the casino while playing roulette.

The crime was discovered by casino surveillance personnel who used their advanced capabilities to expose the crime. Casino surveillance officials then forwarded the information to gaming enforcement troopers for investigation.

In addition to two previously arrested subjects, Derrick Weldon and Charbel Tannous, two more arrests have been made in this case.
On May 24, 2011, state police arrested 44-year-old Stephen Mouton of Iowa, LA for felony cheating and swindling over $1,500 (amount stolen $113,400), and criminal conspiracy.

On June 10, 2011, state police arrested 54-year-old Costandi Lubbat of Houston, TX for felony cheating and swindling over $1,500 (amount stolen $63,000), and criminal conspiracy.
If convicted, each faces up to 15 years in prison and/or a $4,500 fine. The investigation is ongoing.