Tunica casino officials may help investigate roulette scam - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Tunica casino officials may help investigate roulette scam

(WMC-TV) - Gaming commission investigators say a crime ring is creating fast and experienced cheaters.

More than four dozen suspected cheaters are now behind bars, and authorities are still looking for dozens more.

"I can believe it. People are always trying to get money and scam people out of their money," said casino patron Torica Randle.

Investigators say four men were arrested in Ohio and convicted on charges that they are part of a roulette scam inside casinos in 18 states.

Investigators say it is a color-up scheme. Here is how it works:

  • Player one starts it.
  • He or she buys $1 chips. The other players on the crime team join the same table and distract the dealer and keep an eye out.
  • Player one ends up pocketing the chips and meets player number two handing over the chips.
  • Player two heads back to the table and buys in at a much higher amount with the same color chips. He or she ends up putting the lower dollar chips back into play, which will turn $1 chips into 25 dollars making it a loss to the casino and the state.

So far 13 people have been arrested in Ohio, but only four showed up in court. This group hit Cleveland, Toledo, Columbus and Cincinnati where they were eventually caught. They were arrested on the gaming floor after casino staff realized what was going on.

Mississippi Gaming officials have offered Tunica casino officials with assistance in the investigation. The people arrested so far have all been from the Bronx, other parts of New York, or New Jersey.

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