Casino Heists – The True Stories
First there was Oceans 11, then came Oceans 12 and Oceans 13. These movies all portrayed some of the biggest casino heists and while you would think it only happens in the movies, some of the most daring casino heists actually happened in real life – you won’t believe how it all turned out. Let’s take a look at some:
The Blackjack Kids
Probably the most iconic scams of all times was a group of student math geniuses that ran a card-counting ring, stealing millions at casinos all over the world. This all took place between 1979 and 1993, and even inspired a book (Bringing Down the House) as well as a movie (21), starring Kevin Spacey as the leader.
Talk about a big fail! This happened at a few casinos across California in the 70s. Yet another group of students developed a min-computer that reads the movements of a roulette wheel. The computer is slipped into the students’ shoes, one with a receiver and one with an emitter, to predict the outcome of the spins. What happened? The computers short circuited, setting the students’ socks on fire and electrocuting them – of course, they got away with zero.
For Love and Money
The casino version of Bonnie and Clyde happened in 1993 at the Circus Circus Casino, when Heather Tallchief and Roberto Solis robbed the casino and got away with two and half million. Their love didn’t last though as Solis abandoned Tallchief leaving her with only $1000.
The Old-Fashioned Way
Sometimes you just have to do things the old-fashioned way… sometimes it doesn’t work. Just ask Eric Aguilera and Roland Ramos, who walked into the Soboba Casino in Las Vegas in 2005, bound and gagged three employees and held seven others at gunpoint, before taking off with $1.5 million. They didn’t get far though as they got caught just outside Vegas after a high-speed chase.
If there’s any kind of robbery, police always tend to look if the robbers had any help from the inside. In the case of the robbery at Stardust Casino in Las Vegas in 1992, the thief was actually working at the casino, with no help from anyone whatsoever. Bill Brennan was a sportsbook Cashier at the Stardust when one day he decided to pay himself and walked out with more than half a million in casino chips and cash. He vanished without a trace and has not been seen or heard from ever since.
There are of course loads of other stories similar to the ones listed above – some of them successful and some of them not so much. With the boom of online casinos, you would think it would make it easier to rob casinos, especially the online versions, but it’s just the opposite.
It’s obviously not that easy to rob an online casino as you can’t just walk in, take some money and leave. However, there are other ways such as money laundering that can happen. Online casinos like Jackpot City, have strict security measures in place, so it’s not as easy as it sounds to just open an account, dump some cash and clean it out with winnings.
Just like with land based casinos, people can get away, but if you want to play in a safe environment, your best bet would be to play at an online casino. It’s also a lot easier to win! Jackpot City casino for example boasts a payout ratio of more than 95% across all games, much higher than land based casinos. The reason? There are fewer employees, the overhead costs are a lot lower and the list goes on. So, if you’re thinking of playing at a casino, try an online casino such as Jackpot City. If you’re thinking of robbing a casino – it’s probably better to try a land based casino, but be warned… these days you may not walk out of there alive.