Australia’s Crown Casino reveals $32 million scam

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With everyone looking over everyone else’s shoulder, it seems unlikely that a high-roller could scam a casino out of $32 million but that is what is being reported by a Melbourne, Australia, casino.

According to a story given to the Melbourne Herald-Sun newspaper, a major player, described as a “foreigner,” had inside help and was given beneficial signals while he was betting big bucks. It was believed that the scam involved diverting the casino’s surveillance cameras that ring the table game area.

But what about the pit supervisors?

Well, said a casino spokesman, a member of the staff in the VIP gambling area has been sacked.

And the gambler?

Well, he has been barred from the property.

Speaking to a television reporter, Deakin University’s Linda Hancock, who has written a book about Crown Casino, said surveillance cameras were installed throughout the casino but even more intensified in the high-roller area.

“So they must (or should have) picked up that there was a winning streak here that looked suspicious and zoomed in on it and then been able to look at what was going on in real time in the room,” she said.

The scam took place several weeks ago but was only revealed recently. Crown officials reportedly have said they “believed” they could recover the lost money.

There was no comment from Crown CEO James Packer, whose father, the late media mogul Kerry Packer, was a well-known gambling “whale” on the Las Vegas Strip.

Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.

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