Thursday, December 21, 2017

Lots of Year-End Casino-Cheating Scams, Robberies and Online Cryptocuurrency Problems

Bellagio Poker-Cage Robber
Lets start of with the late-November robbery of the Bellagio Poker cage in mid-afternoon. The Bellagio, which was victimized by the Motorcycle Casino Bandit back in 2010, is now stranger to casino robberies.

This time the bandit, wearing a wig and big sunglasses, and prepared with a big-money bag into which he put the loot, walked right up to the poker cage, pointed his gun at the teller and demanded the cash. The teller immediately gave him an unspecified amount, though I think it would be in the neighborhood of 50K.

And he did it so calmly as is seen on the video. Very few people noticed.

Actor James Woods, who played a banker that Axel Freed (James Caan) nearly strangled to death with a telephone cord, just happened to be there when the robbery went down. He said, "The Bellagio staff were fantastic. They surrendered the money quietly, so no customers would get hurt. Nobody even realized it was happening. Excellent staff, cool under pressure."

The "cool" casino-cage robber then jogged out a nearby exit, hopped into a suburban vehicle and simply drove away.

My take: Let's see if this guy is a little smarter than the casino bandit, who put an ad in the Vegas newspaper offering discounted rates for the high-denomination chips he stole.