The 10 BIGGEST Casino Scams EVER!!


From card counting to getting caught stealing
millions and getting away…stay tuned to number 1 to hear about the most insane casino
heists ever performed! Number 10: The Roselli Brothers. The advent of the Internet enabled some of
the greatest things to ever exist, but it also made possible numerous scams and all
kinds of thefts. One of such is the infamous Roselli Scam. In the time frame from 1995 to 2000, two online
scam artists pulled off something insane. They called themselves the “Roselli Brothers”
and, during those five years, they operated in casinos from Nevada, Puerto Rico and New
Jersey. And they stole $37 million dollars from them. The Roselli brothers hired someone who was
great with computer hacker and managed to obtain credit information for people with
really good credit scores and, within just a couple of months, the Roselli Brothers were
able to get credit lines from major casinos, and up the stakes. What happened next is like something from
the “Ocean’s Eleven” franchise: by the year 2000, they were playing 100k-bets per hand. After cleaning the casinos out, the Rosellis
disappeared. No one could find any trace that would lead
to them. The FBI needed additional six month to realize
what had happene…nobody had even known that the heist had even occurred! And needless to say, the name Roselli Brothers
was just a backdrop, as the real Rosellis had died years ago. To this day, no one knows who the casino scammers
were. Number 9: The Cigarette Scam. The previous entry was like something out
of Ocean’s 11, but this one…this is straight James Bond material right here. And it involved a pack of cigarette…how
fitting. Before we talk about this insane plot, though,
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new content. In 1973, at the Casino Deauville in France,
a roulette scam took place, and it made the list of the smartest casino scams ever. The set-up is as follows: one of the casino’s
dealers was also in charge of the radio signaling. He had come up with a radio transmitter that
was a perfect fit for a pack of smokes. But that was just one piece of the puzzle;
there was also a receiver, a weightless one, which the dealer had placed inside a roulette
ball. Of course, it was the roulette ball from the
table he was working at. The dealer’s brother-in-law played as an unknown
casino visitor, and he placed bets at the table. The third member of the gang, the dealer’s
sister, used the pack of cigarettes and pressed the transmitter button. Every time the button was pressed, the roulette
ball would slide off from its spin and fall into a group of only six numbers that were
possible per combination. The roulette ball was 90% accurate, and the
team managed to rake in over $5 million in one week. They were eventually caught, not because their
scam fell through, but because the dealer’s sister was so good-looking that she caught
the attention of the casino staff. After realizing he was always at the table,
they became suspicious…But the cigarette scam is still one of the biggest ever. Number 8: The Contact Lens Scam. Technology can really help you go a long way…especially
if you’re creative. This scam took place in 2011, when a Frenchman,
backed by three Italians, stole little over $80,000 from a casino in Cannes, using a really
smart method. The game they played was stud poker; what
the Frenchman would do is mark the card decks with special ink the normal eye cannot detect…and
then the three Italians wore special kinds of contact lenses. These lenses could notice the marking made
on the card decks. When two substantial winnings took place in
the same casino, the staff members became very alert. Right away, they called the police. But once the police came, it took them quite
some time to figure what had happened. It was pretty clear, right from the start,
that invisible ink was involved, but the police couldn’t prove how the scammers were able
to see the ink. After an in-depth investigation, they saw
that each of the scammers had those contact lenses. In the end, the scammers all faced long jail
sentences, but this has got to be one of the most creative casino scams ever. Number 7: The Edge Sorting Scam. Before we get into it, let’s first make sure
you know what “edge sorting” really is. It’s a method of memorizing cards in a deck,
and using them for running all kinds of shady plans. In order to do this, you have to be good with
the cards. By looking at the abnormalities and defects
in cards (not all cards in a deck, just some of them), an experienced player can memorize
them with such precision that he may later use them with amazing accuracy. And this is what, allegedly, Phil Ivey Jr….a
championship player of poker…did and made more than $9.5 million in 2014. Ivey played the game of baccarat, in a casino
in Atlantic City, where he noticed that not all of the cards were the same on the back. He noticed different patterns, and decided
to use that to his own advantage. Now, the problem is that this is not perceived
by casino officials as just being good at cards…this is considered cheating. Once the casino realized what was going on,
Ivey faced a lawsuit which he ultimately lost. A couple of months ago, he was refused an
appeal to collect his winnings, because the court saw the whole thing as dishonest conduct
on Ivey’s side. Still, the man has an eye for detail…that’s
a given! Number 6: The Crown Casino Scam. This is probably the ultimate hacker: in 2013,
a person managed to steal $30 million dollars from Melbourne’s Crown Casino by hacking into
the casino’s surveillance system. And the thief’s identity still remains unknown. So, he (or she) managed to run away with all
the money without being noticed or caught. Amazing! The whole thing was probably such an embarrassment
that the casino refused to disclose any details about the way it all went down. However, rumor has it that the infamous player
was able to pull it off by wearing an earpiece. And it’s almost certain that he had an accomplice,
tracking the surveillance footage. What actually happened still remains uncertain,
but one thing is very interesting…the casino fired one of the staff members who were working
on the night when the heist took place. It’s not clear whether the staff member was
in any way involved in the whole scam, but it’s definitely more than a coincidence. As for the casino officials, they still firmly
believe that the stolen money will be recovered… Number 5: The Cutter Gang. Wow, what a name! The Cutter Gang was a group of players who
managed to clear out millions of dollars in 2011, by playing the game of baccarat. And they had a really good method of performing
their scam. Each member of the team had a small camera
with him. But here’s the creative part: each camera
was hidden in the cufflink. This way, the scammers were able to detect
the card value and pass it to other players on the team. The name “cutter gang” came about because
they used the practice of “cutting the deck” before the game, which is considered standard
practice. Each member of the team would record the cards
with the tiny camera, and then leave the table…to inform the others. This process was repeated several times, and
that’s how it all went. At least that was the plan. But the gang members were almost arrested
in Las Vegas one time, because the Cosmopolitan Casino suspected them of wrongdoing. However, they were soon all released because
no evidence against them was found. The last anyone heard of the “cutter gang”
was when they were arrested in the Philippines…for cheating…but they managed to escape and
are still one the run. Number 4: The ATM Scam. Don’t worry, we’re still on the topic of casinos…it
just happens that one of the biggest casino scams has to do with ATMs. And here’s how…in 2012, 14 people faced
charges for stealing more than $1 million from Citibank in Nevada and California. The scammers found out about a flaw in the
system, and decided to use at to their own advantage. It turns out that the ATMs allowed an unlimited
number of withdrawals within one minute…and these withdrawals were all unrecorded. The whole scam was carried out by a team of
people who had clear instructions: open up multiple Citibank accounts and cash-advance
ten times more than the deposited money. It was all kept under $10,000 per withdrawal,
so that the federal security wouldn’t suspect a thing. The team was assembled by one woman, but all
of them were ultimately arrested. She is facing a 30-year imprisonment and her
conspirators at least five years behind bars, plus hundreds of thousands in fines. Number 3: The Coin. Louis Colavecchio, called “he Coin” earned
his nickname through counterfeiting tokens and coins that are used on slot machines. He was finally arrested in 1998, but until
then, he pulled off some major heists. His plan was ingenious: along with his team,
Colavecchio would fabricate coins and token by using steel dies from original coins. Dies are specialized tools used in the manufacturing
industry; with them, he was able to mold counterfeit coins that were practically the same as the
original ones. Two things led to his success…he had connections
with the mob, but he also had a day-time job that would help him out. He was a jeweler. Upon his arrest, Colavecchio was sentenced
to six years imprisonment. But this wasn’t enough to stop him. In 2006, he was arrested again, for the same
crime…producing counterfeit casino coins. Because of his wrongdoings, many casinos decided
to replace coins with vouchers in order to secure cash-outs. It’s not clear how much money he made this
way, but the way he did it makes The Coin a worthy number 3 on our list. Number 2: The Slot Scam. It turns out that people with many skills
proved very creative casino scammers. Our previous entry had a jeweler who turned
counterfeiter. For our number 2, we have a regular locksmith
who figured he was entitled to a lot more. And by “a lot,” we mean…a lot! Dennis Nikrasch is the person responsible
for one of the biggest, if not the biggest casino scam in the history of Las Vegas. He began back in the 1970s, but the key to
his success is that he didn’t allow time to make him obsolete. Ho constantly reinvented himself, and made
sure that his skills were on par with the times. Starting out as a locksmith, he quickly realized
that he was able to “figure out” any type of lock. It was almost second nature to him. He was arrested several times, but never stopped
perfecting his craft. When he was released in 1991, he continued
his own way, even managing to crack the silicon protection of the then-new slot protection
technology. And over a course of 22 years total, Nikrasch
raked in $16 million dollars. Talk about a clean-out. Number 1: Taft PC Scam. The 1970 saw a revolution in the computer
industry. No one believed that computers would find
their way into our homes…but they did. And of course, as with all things, personal
computers found their way into criminal activity. And one of the first instances of PC-related
criminal activity can be traced to the man called Keith Taft.
Taft managed to make a personal computer that would help him cheat at playing blackjack. Of course, back in the day, this was unheard
of, because no one could imagine computers doing such complicated tasks…and there wasn’t
even a law against using computers for casino cheating. Taft’s original computer was pretty big, though,
but he carried it on him, wrapping himself up in intricate parts; he even had to put
parts inside his shoes and, and operate the machine by pressing his foot against the floor. Heck…this may have even been the first laptop! But the thing is…Keith Taft was never into
scamming as much as he liked inventing things. It wasn’t about the money for him. He even made a small camera that would help
players in the casino. By the 1980s, the rules and regulations changed
so much that it wasn’t fun anymore for Taft. He gave up everything, and opted for a different
kind of life. However, he was eventually accepted into the
Blackjack Hall of Fame, for his special contributions. Go figure. What do you think about this incredible casino
heists? Let us know in the comments below and…take
care!

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100 thoughts on “The 10 BIGGEST Casino Scams EVER!!

  1. Too many fuckin adverts!!!!!! 1 video advert for every fuckin scam. This Video is an advertisement scam in in itself!

  2. The one with Phil wasn't a scam. Him and the casino agreed on certain terms. And one of the terms allowed Phill and the person he was with at the time to look at the cards dealt, before placing a bet. The casino was sour because of what they allowed.

  3. How do you steal 30m by hacking the security cameras at a casino?? How about explaining things?? This video is stupid

  4. I hope people read this before watching… Do not watch this…. terrible editing… missing details of every story …!! oh, and way too many commercials…!! Thumbs down…!!!!

  5. You literally DIDNT even say what number 2 did, you literally only said that he was a locksmith, didn’t say if he broke into anything or what he did.

  6. hmm card counting isn't a "scam" nor is it illegal, granted the Casinos don't like you doing it as it puts the odds of you winning in your favour, rather than in the houses.

  7. You completely mis reported Phil Iveys edge sorting case. He asked for the specific decks used in rotation requested an Asian dealer, among other requests. All that the casino granted.

  8. The Phil Ivey issue is not cheating. If the casino doesn't have their shit together and there is an edge that the player can figure out, without him/her making any physical changes to the cards, it cannot be cheating! This case should have gone to a jury…

  9. Most of these you didn't even explain clearly or even how… like no. 2 with the locksmith…. what did he break into? A slot machine? A safe? And especially no.1 how did the computer help him cheat? What did it do? If you're going to make a video about something at least have your facts straight first….

  10. Card counting actually isnt against any rules or illegal. Nor is it illegal for the casino to "refuse you service" or kick you out. They cant take your chips tho

  11. All casinos will scam you. It's known that slots are all computerized and don't pay out until they gain a certain percentage. Table games are also a big scam, dealers take classes in how to count cards, trick you and there's even some magician skills they take classes for on high end tables. Seen it , worked in Casinos for over 20years.

  12. The edge sorting scam was not a scam. The casinos consented to it. It did not guarantee him a win but did increase his odds. After this skillful play was completed he did in fact win and that is when they took legal action…and won. Had he lost, I don't think the casinos would have given him his money back. I think it was bull s***. He asked for specific decks, and for them to be turned certain ways. The floor men are well aware of all the angles in the game, especially at high stakes. They are the proxy of the casino and they allowed it. He deserves his money. They were willing to take his action and then they cried after they lost.

  13. The absolute best scam (until they got caught) was the hollowed-out 3 chip stack of blacks. It was a real $100 chip on top of a hollow short cylinder that looked exactly like 3 $100 chips. The dealer was in on it, and when the player lost a hand, the dealer would collect the hollow stack, put it in his rack and it will 'fill' with 2 other $100 chips. The next time the player won a hand, he'd get paid $300 for the 100 he lost before. All night, playing, getting paid 3 for one – they KILLED. I don't know if they ended up GETTING killed, it WAS back in the day.

  14. If you trust on-line poker or Professional players then you will be scammed. They will use all means when money is involved and they control the action and program. Party Poker plus others have scammed players out of funds by just plain stealing money, bots or programs which they can see others players cards. Then the ones that cheat the casino to win usually get caught. Though some might think Phil Ivey did not cheat he lost every court case on the edge sorting. They were reading the imperfections on back of the cards to turn the casinos edge to themselves. So the point is who do you trust. No one is the answer.

  15. Fuck you blaming people for doing the same casinos are doing. Casinos are mayor scams that deserve to be whipped from the face of the earth. They stole trillions from honest working people since they existed. Fuck you. Casinos are the only scammers that exist here. People who take their money are heros.

  16. Many of the examples did not really explain how the 'scams' worked: thus the 395 dislikes as of now

  17. Not sure the Phil Ivey story should be here. It wasn't a scam. Casino unknowingly supplied marked cards. He took advantage of that. To me, the casino has an issue with whomever made those crappy cards. Does it say something against Ivey's character? Probably.
    It's kind of like if a bank accidentally deposited too much money in your investment account. And, the way it was done, they had no way to track. Would you tell? I would. Some wouldn't.
    I use investment accounts so that I don't muddy the water with that extra money coming from an employee check, personal check, etc…. Investment account deposits come from a pool of money.
    But, in any case he doesn't belong in this group unless you are also going to include all "scams" by card counters that have won big. Taking advantage of every scrap of information your opponent(s) give you is considered a good thing. And, casino is like being a hungry shark swimming in an ocean with other hungry sharks. Anything showing weakness is to be dinner. There is no remorse from a shark.

  18. Ivey didn't cheat!
    What they are saying is for example;
    If the House Dealer is Drunk and you as a player take advantage of the mistakes that Drunk Dealer is performing, YOU ARE CHEATING 🙄

    Doug is an IDIOT! You pretty much punishing someone that does research and prepare for a game.

    He didn't touch the cards, he didn't use a device but sense these Casinos are CORRUPT and the Judicial system are even more Corrupt because they receive Pay Off money from these Casino Hustlers 😒 they order this kid to pay back winnings and then go after money that isn't entitled.

    These Casinos would rather have a dumb, ignorant, drunk come and lose all there money; than a sharp, fully aware, kid.

  19. Who did the research for this video??? It sounds like they were going over the top in trying to come up with original sources and failed miserably!!!!

  20. Ivy is no cheat, the casino failed, the casino used a defect deck. Ivy took advantage of public info without any other action than observe.

  21. Nobody in the world thinks Ivey is guilty. He did NOTHING illegal. The casino is rich and powerful and probably has directors who belong to the same London Gentlemen's Clubs as the judge who presided in the case, because the entire gambling/poker world still trusts Ivey implicitly. If he was a cheat he would be shunned by all players, but nobody (other than the judge in the case) believes he is.

  22. Ivey isn't the one who came up with it watch a queen of sorts was an Asian girl who came up with it he just had the money to make it worth while

  23. LOL at the Ivey fan boys. Pathetic losers!! The woman who sat beside him was edge sorting the deck, you idiots. She would turn the high cards one way and the low cards the other. She and Ivey worked together.

  24. Ivey exploited a defect and the Gambling commision has the final words in most cases. Ivy wont go hungry either. He has tried a few tricks in other games noting defects and its kinda shady for a world class player to lose respect doing anything non straight up. He does not have to cheat he's to good for that

  25. If you like gambling gotta hop on board with casinos like the Atlantis in Reno and avoid Las Vegas which is a drug invested shit hole trying to upgrade its image. The city is loaded with parasite scam artists, drug addicts and assorted scum that prey on visitors. This includes scuz from the time you get off a airplane to the casino floor itself. The nevada state gambling has to try harder on vegas but i'm not holding my breath any time soon.

  26. Casinos spend billions of dollars trying to combat scammers. If they are dumb enough to use faulty decks, shame on them. Edge sorting just exposes their weakness. It isn't a scam it just gives certain players an advantage. I personally don't believe that counting cards is a scam either. It's just an advantage that few players have.

  27. So if I drive but the wheels are slightly off in either manufacturing or alignment and cause uneven wear and tear or accident, I can sue?

  28. Leave the table to inform the others of the card values? By the time u left the table the hand would be over, i just dont get it

  29. Came here to comment on ivy. Everyone else already is though. Fucking bullshit, not a scam. They robbed him. Hypocrites.

  30. Phil Ivey didn’t do anything illegal. The casino agreed to his terms and they got fucked because of their greed overtaking their brains.

  31. You and the casinos are wrong about edge sorting being "a scam". The casino chose to use cards that had anomalies, not the player. The player just took advantage of that fact. This is not a scam, this is an advantage, like card counting, which is also not cheating.

  32. Casino dealers are trained to cheat. They're hired by casino's on the basis of how good they can cheat. There's specialized schools on just how to cheat for casino dealers and players. But if a player gets caught, they throw him out. If your lucky enough to catch a dealer, they just put the dealer at a different table….

  33. Why is #10 not #1?  They won/stole/cheated over 37 million during 5years AND never got caught!  More money than the other 9 and NO JAIL TIME!  That would qualify for #1, 2, and 3! lol

  34. Very interesting. As casinos are just legalized criminal businesses, its no wonder people will try to defeat them. When you offer game that are already fixed in the house's favour, do you blame them for trying? Using your brain for observing cards, counting cards and then being banned for that skill…is the criminal act.

  35. The card counter and the guy who could notice different in the cards . Are doing nothing wrong and should be allowed to play. Everybody else ar just plain cheaters.

  36. I did card counting on Black Jack and won over $400,000 And took off and went to another casino
    And a week later I got beaten up so badly

  37. ok learn me on this…Ivey played a game where you make your bets BEFORE the cards are dealt. How can edge sorting be used? Maybe I'm just really stupid

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  39. Ivy's case was a farce… The courts were paid big $$ to tarnish Ivy. Memorizing patterns or defects of any sort is a skill that players can use. There were no rules against it until Ivy made history.

  40. In defense of Phil Ivey, he was never arrested by the casino commission and — although it exploited a weakness in the casino system — it is NOT cheating and NOT illegal.
    The fact that he lost the suit and could not recover his winnings just proves the casino has better lawyers or that the commission couldn't let this go.
    Phil Ivey is not a cheat and did nothing illegal

  41. "recovered".. you mean you increase the commission rates on the slots to "recover" your losses.. but not too much to chase away the players…….. Translation.. the future players pay for the incompetence of the past management…. Everyone knows its done

  42. some of my heros, it is alright to lose at a casino, they love that but usually when you start winning big you get thrown out, it looks good on these casinos to get screwed out of money

  43. Anyone who cheats these guys is a hero in my book. Played at Turning Stone in NYyears ago, $5 inside betswith $5 chips. All good while I'm losing, but when I put $20 on 00 and hit, all of a sudden they couldn't pay out because I wasn't using a "colored" $5 chip. See, it has to be different than anyone elses chips, otherwise, the bet doesn't count. Funny they missed that for 1/2 an hour til I won. Fuckin scammers.

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