A gang stole €783,000 at The Roulette Casino in Enghien
Some people do not want to rely on luck or effective gambling strategies such as roulette martingales or the basic blackjack strategy to win at a casino. Instead, they prefer to try their hand at cheating the casino. This was the plan of a gang of thirteen members whose trial began on Wednesday, May 30th, before the Pontoise court.
An amount of about €783,000
The gang had found a flaw in one of the games in the Barrière Casino in Enghien-les-Bains and was able to steal approximately €783,000. This was made possible playing electronic English roulette. Under the machine was a small maintenance hatch with a button that could be used to stop the game. As soon as they lost, the scammers used the button to reimburse their wagers, which sometimes totalled more than €80,000.
Surveillance cameras revealed the fraud
Unfortunately for the gang, the pictures on the surveillance cameras caught the gang in the act. The material on the cameras was evaluated as the management of the casino became surprised by a sharp decline in profits in April 2017. All defendants subsequently pleaded guilty in court. They now risk up to 6 months imprisonment and €15,000 fine. Of course, the €783,000 captured in the casino must also be repaid.
What will be the decision as to the punishment? We will find that out when the verdict is made at the beginning of September.