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Four Of The Biggest Casino Cheats

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Four Of The Biggest Casino Cheats

Gambling is fun, an adrenaline rush, and if Lady Luck smiles your way, the money at the end of the day isn’t so bad either! But what do you do if that’s not enough? What happens if the thrill of going home with heavier pockets isn’t enough to get your heart racing? What happens if the threat of going home with lighter pockets is too high? For some, they find out how to game the system, and today we learn about some of the biggest cheaters in casino history.

Monique Laurent – Roulette Ball Trickster

Monique Laurent is a woman that shows that sometimes maybe it’s better not to try thievery when you’re attractive enough to get a lot of attention. The plan was ingenious, but simple: take control of the roulette ball.

Working together with an inside man and his brother-in- law, they put the plan into play. Monique would stand at a nearby table, the inside-man would spin the wheel, and their partner would pretend to be a player. With a device pre-hidden inside of the ball, Monique would press the transmitter she had cleverly hidden inside a pack of cigarettes, which caused the ball to land on one of six numbers with 90% accuracy. The result? 10 million dollars in just a week. Considering this was 1973, that is even more impressive.

The plan ended when she drew the wrong attention from the casino owner – though not because he suspected her of cheating. Instead, he found her attractive and, after she refused his advances, he started to keep a close eye on her. Under scrutiny, the plan didn’t hold up, and she was arrested soon after. In her case, being rich and beautiful didn’t work out.

Dennis Sean McAndrew – Slot Machine Whiz

Dennis Sean McAndrew also used an electronic approach for his cheats, though his target was the slot machine instead. While he got his start with stacking cards, he soon moved to the machines, where he figured out how to handle, and break, the system. He managed to find a way to manipulate the sections of the slot machines which forced the random outcomes, thus making them turn up in his favor every time. Dennis is unique in that his cheating career last long enough to force him to adapt his technology time and time again, as slot machines and casinos evolved. Somehow, he always managed to.

To open the machines, he employed a team of several members. It was necessary for them to block the camera’s view as he opened the machine and set the device. This team would eventually be his downfall, after one of them set him up and he was taken in by the FBI.

Richard Marcus – Craps Magician

Our list wouldn’t be complete without someone infamous in the industry: Richard Marcus. Famous for his craps technique, he would use red and brown chips to fool the dealer. If he won, he would point out that the red chip was in fact brown, but if the bet lost, he would quickly switch it out for a red, all without the dealer being any the wiser. However, his fame only grew after he was caught. After his prosecution, he went on to becoming a tutor for others who wanted in on the illegal business through his website and books.

Brent Eli Morris – Super Cheat

Our fourth, and last, will be Brent Eli Morris, famous for holding a lot of different, questionable (read: illegal) casino records. He’s most well-known for managing to beat the crap table, much like Richard Marcus. His method was a little different. When a winning bet was made, he would manage to add more chips to the winning pile before the dealer noticed, making it seem like he had made a riskier and thus more profitable bet than he actually had. His slight of hand was impressive enough to fool many a magician, and his antics went largely unnoticed by the casino staff. His methods included playing several different games that allowed him to pass his hand over the chips he had placed and managing to drop additional chips perfectly and quickly. He was eventually arrested and convicted of 11 different casino related crimes.

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