Articles about Top 100 Casino Scams

"Casino Wars - Beating Vegas", Documentary on Las Vegas Pro Gamblers and Cheaters "Casino Wars - Beating Vegas", Documentary on Las Vegas Pro Gamblers and Cheaters
"Casino Wars - Beating Vegas", Documentary on Las Vegas Pro Gamblers and Cheaters
The documentary "Casino Wars - Beating Vegas" is dedicated to the fraudulent activities of gamblers and swindlers in Las Vegas gambling clubs. The film starred real fraudsters, card counters, security personnel, and representatives of other spheres of gambling. Participants share secrets, tell about their experiences and give practical advice.
Bill Brennan's Unsolved Casino Heist Bill Brennan's Unsolved Casino Heist
Bill Brennan's Unsolved Casino Heist
How do you imagine a casino robbery? Masked robbers, machine guns, safe–breakers - leave it all to Hollywood directors who shoot spectacular action movies. The most successful scammers act quietly and unnoticeably. In 1992, Bill Brennan stole half a million dollars from the famous Stardust casino in Las Vegas and seemed to disappear into thin air. Police haven't been able to find him yet. Read on about one of the most successful frauds in the history of gambling.
How to Hack a Slot Machine How to Hack a Slot Machine
How to Hack a Slot Machine
Scammers have tried to hack slots starting from the appearance of the first games. Initially, they hacked the mechanical slot machines, then switched to automatic devices, and later began to cheat when playing slots on random number generators. Fraudsters also do not shy away from online casinos. We will tell you about the traditional methods of hacking slots, but we want to warn you not to use them.
Tommy Carmichael, a Legendary Slot Breaker Tommy Carmichael, a Legendary Slot Breaker
Tommy Carmichael, a Legendary Slot Breaker
Tommy Carmichael inscribed his name in the history of Las Vegas as a skillful slot cheater. Over the years, he managed to cheat when playing slot machines and video poker games at most casinos. Together with his accomplices, he stole several million dollars. The famous cheater's life, methods, techniques, and unique tools he invented are described in our article available on the portal Casinoz.
An Audacious Scam in the Style of Ocean's Eleven An Audacious Scam in the Style of Ocean's Eleven
An Audacious Scam in the Style of Ocean's Eleven
Do you think that scammers are marking cards or using secret signs? These tricks are being used only by low-skilled fraudsters. Even contact lenses and microcameras are out of date. Real professionals choose modern technologies, attacking casinos from unexpected sides. Crown Casino in Melbourne, which lost thirty-three million dollars, became a victim of such fraudsters.
Scam in the Ritz Casino Scam in the Ritz Casino
Scam in the Ritz Casino
In 2004, three gamblers from Eastern Europe beat the Ritz Casino in London and kept a couple of million pounds, using mobile phones and a computer to predict winning numbers. The police arrested the fraudsters. Their guilt was practically proven, but the subtleties of the British legislation did not let bring the scammers to justice or at least take the money back. The article tells about that extraordinary case.
Baccarat Cutter Gang Baccarat Cutter Gang
Baccarat Cutter Gang
Many land-based casinos all over the world suffered from the actions of the "Cutter Gang." Working as a team, its members beat the gambling houses at baccarat. They used tiny cameras to track the sequence of cards in the decks. Interestingly, none of them was caught red-handed, so none of the scammers was arrested. They were not even fined.
Cheaters and Dealers in Pai Gow John's Gang Cheaters and Dealers in Pai Gow John's Gang
Cheaters and Dealers in Pai Gow John's Gang
Phuong Quoc Truong, also known as Pai Gow John, organized a scam at American casinos and deceived them while playing blackjack. He cooperated with several accomplices, including specially trained dealers. The croupiers dealt cards in a particular order, and the organizer of fraud gave his partners unique signs on how to act. Details of the scam are discussed in the article.
Roulette Scam at US Casinos Roulette Scam at US Casinos
Roulette Scam at US Casinos
A gang of fraudsters cheated U.S. casinos, stealing chips at roulette tables. The basic principles that helped them to stay afloat for a long time were an elaborate scheme of scams, well-orchestrated actions, lack of greed, and the ability to select suitable gambling clubs. The article tells about their achievements and explains why they succeeded.
Straperlo is a Symbol of a Financial Scandal at the Highest Level Straperlo is a Symbol of a Financial Scandal at the Highest Level
Straperlo is a Symbol of a Financial Scandal at the Highest Level
You have probably never heard of a mechanical roulette called Straperlo. However, this model played an important role in the political life of one European country in the first half of the twentieth century. Taking into consideration the fact that this device was a fraud, its story ended barely after its beginning, but it made a lot of noise and led to serious changes in policy.
Louis Colavecchio, a genius of forging casino chips Louis Colavecchio, a genius of forging casino chips
Louis Colavecchio, a genius of forging casino chips
Fake banknotes is laborious and complicated work, because each banknote has many degrees of protection. But making fake casino chips is much easier. Louis Colavecchio was engaged in making them in almost industrial scale and achieved a fantastic success in this field. His chips were printed by makeshift equipment and it was almost impossible to distinguish them from the originals. It brought huge profits to this cheater.
Richard Marcus, the Notorious Casino Cheater Richard Marcus, the Notorious Casino Cheater
Richard Marcus, the Notorious Casino Cheater
Most casino cheaters end their careers in jail or die before they age. But such a sad fate awaits not all fraudsters. Some stop this dangerous activity right in time. One of them is the famous Richard Marcus. For decades, he fooled dozens of casinos and became famous as the author of several books about cheating in the gambling industry.

Famous Casino Scams and Cheats

It's hard to name the period in the history of humanity and the corner of the world where the first casino games have seen the light. But it is safe to say that cheaters appeared when people began to play for money or wager valuable things.

Gambling attracts fraudsters through the active turnover of cash and passionate players, which inevitably lose vigilance and become easy prey for scammers.

You can become a victim of the sharper not only at the underground casinos, resort restaurants or long-distance trains.

The crooks are ready to trick you even in the big gambling houses with CCTV cameras all around and where every step of the customer is monitored by security.

However, dealers become the primary goal of fraud at the casino more often than the customers. Scammers mark cards, steal chips, increase winning bets, change the deck, hack slot machines, interfere with the roulette wheel operation, and do many other tricks that allow them to win dishonestly.

Scammers' tricks are described in articles in this section of Casinoz – the best online gambling guide.

Types of Casino Cheats

A variety of fraudulent tricks in the world of gambling strikes the imagination. In the 21st century, scammers keep using techniques invented hundreds of years ago and apply the latest achievements of science and technology.

Classifying the swindlers working in the gambling industry is difficult for some objective reasons. However, we would like to warn our readers about the main "styles" of modern casino criminals:

  • Classic cheaters follow the old methods: marked cards, "charged" dice, shuffling decks, exchanging cards between boxes, spying on the dealer's secured card, and other traditional methods known since time immemorial.
  • Chip fraudsters like to bet the chip on the winning number, increase or decrease the amount at stake after closing bets, and make other illegal manipulation with casino chips.
  • Fans of data sharing use a variety of tricks and devices to transmit information to each other. Morse, the system of gestures, mini cameras, and sound signals, has many tricks.
  • Followers of the scientific approach call physics and mathematics for help. Using specialized gear, they calculate the trajectory of the ball on the roulette, determine the angle of the dice rebound in craps, and so on.
  • Counterfeiters make fake casino chips, use different objects instead of tokens on slots, etc.
  • Insiders are one of the most vulnerable sides of casino croupiers, pit bosses, and management. They collude with scammers and help them beat the casino. Deception options vary widely: charged decks, inflated payments, demonstration of cards, and so on.
  • Hackers are the most advanced fraudsters who hack jackpot systems, calculate algorithms of pseudo-random number generators, get into the "brains" of slot machines and deceive casinos in other ways.

Many talented cheats are advocates of an integrated approach. Their scams can consist of several stages with the involvement of specialists in different fields. The most striking fraud cases are described in the thematic articles at Casinoz.

On the Very Brink

We should add that some visitors do not break the law but use methods not welcome at the casinos. We are talking about card counters, bonus hunters, dealers, provocateurs, fans of free services, and others who visit gambling houses only for their benefit.

They cannot be prosecuted because they do not violate the formal rules of the casino or do it so skillfully that their guilt is impossible to prove.

Such customers' activities can significantly harm the house, so gambling operators create unacceptable conditions or kick them out of the casino. For example, dealers blindly demolish a few cards to drive away card counters to make them ineffective.

We do not consider players who win at the casino due to their skills to be cheaters. That's why articles about them are not included in the scams section.

Roulette Scams

Roulette fraudsters appeared as soon as casinos began to offer this. Some of them went down in the history of gambling.

One of them is Pierre Dugal, the nineteenth-century carpenter who sneaked into the gambling houses at night and ground the roulette wheel. Also, we can't leave without attention to the legendary Charles Wells, who broke the bank on roulette in Monte-Carlo multiple times. Special mention should be made of Joseph Jagger, who terrorized a casino with an imperfect roulette.

Modern rogues also love to cheat the roulette.

  1. Some act the old-fashioned way: stealing chips from the dealer and daydreaming customers, increasing winning bets, secretly removing the losing chips from the field, and so on.
  2. Others use more complex methods: find roulette defects or calculate the ball's trajectory with the help of special devices.

Physicists from The Eudaemons team invented a device that gave them a chance to beat the casino at roulette. Luckily, gambling operators considered this a scientific experiment, not a means of enrichment.

Our articles at Casinoz discuss the most exciting roulette cheating cases in different years.

Card Games Cheaters

Poker, blackjack, and other card games have become a gold mine for all kinds of cheaters long before the active development of casinos. Swindlers who skillfully "bred the suckers" existed in countries where people played cards for money long ago.

Rigged deck, marked cards, aces hidden in the sleeves – these well-known techniques are only the tip of the iceberg. The arsenal of card sharers includes many tricks, and experienced cheaters continue to develop new methods and improve the old ones.

Casino security services worldwide are fighting with swindlers who work at the tables for card games, but they are far from beating the sharpers. You will see this when you read our articles about them.

Scammers on Slots

Slots are the most popular type of casino game. The largest casinos have hundreds of video slots. Their vast number complicates the process of visitors' control. An absence of direct supervision pushes many customers to cheat slot machines.

Of course, homegrown scammers almost always get caught, but professional fraudsters often escape punishment. In the era of mechanical slot machines, crooks used primitive tools to get inside the devices and affect their operation. When casinos started to use electronic slots, sharers learned to affect the sensors using miniature lanterns.

Cheaters meet every technological innovation of the developers with new techniques that allow them to hack slot machines.

Hackers VS. Casinos in 2024

The integration of digital technologies in the gambling industry hasn't solved the problem of casino scams. Hackers came to replace traditional cheaters.

They do not allow the owners of offline casinos or operators of gambling sites to relax. They attack online casinos, decrypt algorithms of pseudo-random number generators, steal money from user accounts, interfere with the operation of systems of progressive jackpots, and so on.

In recent years, hackers have become the main characters of news about fraud in the gambling business.

100 Best Gambling Scams on Casinoz

Articles about casino fraudsters are not classified on the site. There is no need for thematic sub-sections. All the publications deserve the attention of our readers interested in this issue in the gambling business because they are dedicated to the most resonant incidents.

You will learn about the legendary card sharers of the past, the founders of roulette fraud, developers of unique technological devices for cheating casinos, and other scams.

The section is periodically updated with stories from the past and present. Watch for updates.

Tips for Gamblers in 2024

How to avoid becoming a victim of a scammer in 2024? Here are some practical tips from casino staff and experienced players.

  • Avoid illegal gambling. Give up a visit to the dogfish, the underground slot halls, and other questionable places.
  • Always give preference to a reliable casino with a good reputation. There are cases when dealers beat the clients using cheating techniques and tricks with the approval of the management.
  • Don't gamble with strangers. You can meet them on a beach, train, resort cafe, city market, amusement park, or apartment of random friends. No matter where you are offered to dispel boredom by playing cards, dice, or gambling. Permanently abandon such proposals.
  • Cash poker can be dangerous even if you play in clubs. Often, regular players collude and cheat the beginners. The management may not be aware of what is happening or do not bother finding out the details.
  • Be aware of thieves and other scams when playing in a land-based casino or poker room. Playing in the throes of passion, players forget to keep an eye on the chips, mobile phones, bags, car keys, and purses. Do not rely on the security service or employees of video surveillance. They are more concerned about other problems.
  • Once and for all, give up online casinos that work without licenses or use fake software. They may offer very favorable terms and generous bonuses. Moreover, they can pay. But sooner or later, you will face deception on their part, and you will not achieve justice.

In general, all the recommendations on how to avoid becoming a victim of gambling fraud come to single advice:

Play only in reliable and proven offline and online casinos, poker rooms and bookmakers.

This is the best way to avoid cheaters. Expert reviews at Casinoz will help you to choose an honest online casino.


The history of fraud in the gambling world is full of fascinating stories. It is full of legendary scammers specializing in different types of scams. One can only guess how many talented swindlers have never been caught and left unknown to the general public. However, many famous adventurers also escaped punishment for quitting the dangerous craft on time.

Articles about casino cheaters at Casinoz will introduce you to some of the most exciting incidents.

Frequently asked Questions

🙋 Are there cheaters at New Zealand casinos in 2024?

Gambling clubs have always been full of swindlers of all kinds. Be aware of them.

😜 How do casino cheaters do their scams?

They mark the cards, steal chips, and have many other tricks.

🎰 Is it possible to break a slot machine in New Zealand?

Some people were able to do it, but Casinoz does not recommend you do it.