(Sigh....) Yes, here at Aces Casino Entertainment, we love talking about ALL aspects of the games we love – Especially the games found in most every casino both here in the United States, and around the globe. Hey – It’s what this orange county casino party company is known for. (Ed. Note: Well, that, and betting Jai Alai in Florida, but that’s another story.)
The scam took three people: There was an inside man who was the roulette croupier, his brother-in-law (who would pose as the player) and that guy's sister, Monique Laurent, who would always go to the next table over. The key was that the inside man, in addition to knowing how to run a roulette table, also happened to be a ham radio hobbyist. And he was the one who came up with the idea of constructing a tiny radio receiver that was placed inside a custom-made roulette ball. Considering that this was 1973, we're practically talking about NASA-level technology here.
The croupier would run his roulette table as usual, with his brother-in-law placing bets at his table. The croupier would sneak his robot ball into play, and from a table away Monique activated it with her transmitter (which was hidden in a pack of cigarettes), which allowed the ball to enter a controlled dive where it would always land within a grouping of six numbers with 90 percent accuracy. In one week, the team raked in 5 million francs. So how did they ever get caught? Well, as you can clearly see in the picture below, Monique was a hottie (for 1973)...
And that's when he really started watching her, and as creepily as possible. Pretty soon he noticed a few things that were unusual, like how she was always alone and only played at a losing table. And how that table was within a short distance from the roulette table where this one incredibly lucky dude kept winning. Finally, she always had her hands on a cigarette case. The manager put two and two together, which in itself is pretty impressive, considering he wasn't an actual character in an actual James Bond movie. Knowing something was up, he asked the femme fatale for a cigarette and le police confiscated the pack before she had a chance to le run. Poof! The jig was up.
We never heard what happened to the threesome, but we're guessing that they were "severely dealt with." (Ed. Note: No, not a "Menage a-whatever. Get your mind out of Le Gutter.)
That's all for the April "Cheaters of the Casino" theme... We're going to take a shower now, but when we return on May 1st, we'll start a whole NEW goofy theme -- This time out, we'll touch on all of our favorite casino games in practice mode, with our award-winning "Aces Blog Game Simulator" series. Come on back this Thursday, as we kick things off with our Blackjack game trainer. Fake chips, with real practice! How can you lose? We'll see you then, bring your fake chips!