Craps Kings

Craps Kings  Another group effort scam came crashing down in 2016 when Bellagio craps dealer Mark William Branco and two accomplices, were convicted and sent to Nevada State Prison for their part in scamming the casino out of $1 million+. The scam involves the individuals going to a craps table manned by Branco and place phantom high-value bets on specific combination of numbers on the dice roll.

The players would mumble something to the dealer who would then pay out on the fact that the combination they had apparently said to him (even though in reality they hadn’t) had come up. The group tried the scam close to 80 times over a two year period. What eventually caught them out was the fact that casino workers realised the group’s luck amounted to odds of 452 billion-to-1 odds.

Branco is currently spending four to ten years in prison for the scam and it’s a felony crime if he ever enters another Vegas casino. Sounds like he needs a new hobby!

Richard Marcus: Past Posting

Richard Marcus: Past Posting  Richard Marcus hunger to win big likely set in when he moved to Las Vegas and found himself homeless. Soon he found a job as a blackjack and baccarat dealer and his interest in the games began to take the form of ways to beat them. His primary con almost sounds ludicrous on its surface, especially in terms of how brazen it is. Nethertheless it worked!

His scam, called past posting, involved waging low amounts, and then if he won, discretely change low value chips for higher value ones. This could transform wins in the hundreds, to $10,000+ wins in an instant, and remarkably for the longest time this sleight of hand went unnoticed.

He was eventually caught, but not convicted and is thought to have won several million dollars all in all. He now advises casinos on how to avoid loses to those with similar ideas!

John Kane: Game King

John Kane: Game King  John Kane was just your average video poker player until the day he discovered a glitch in the Game King video poker machine. The glitch would allow the player to change his wager amount ‘after’ he knew the outcome of the hand. As in, he would often play one cent at a time until such time that he had a big winning hand, at which time he would up it to the maximum of $10. When he waited until he won the jackpot before he did this, he pocketed a cool $10,000 each time.

Along with his friend Andre Nestor he was in the winning streak to end all winning streaks. They were eventually arrested but walked free after prosecutors failed to justify charges of hacking or conspiracy against them. Their attorney was quick to point out that all they did was press buttons they were legally able to press.


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