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Roulette Scam in Monte Carlo Casino - Casinos Get Their Revenge

Tim Crump in Roulette 23 Aug 2016
  • Roulette players jailed for 30 months each
  • Scam netted them nearly €4 million before getting caught
Monte Carlo: Nearly lost €4m to British cheats

Cheating roulette players at Monte Carlo caught after pocketing over €3.5 million

Three Britons have been jailed for cheating in Monaco’s Casino de Monte-Carlo, sent to te principality’s tiny prison after switching tokens bought for €10 for ones worth €1,000 in Monaco’s fabled casino.

They didn’t quite break the bank, but did manage to walk away with nearly €4 million (£2.9 million) before they were finally caught.

The professional gamblers were handed prison sentences of 10 to 30 months on Monday by a court in the glitzy Mediterranean principality but they were only ordered to pay back €850,000 of the €3.66 million they pocketed over a year.

Their scam at the ornate gambling house that has been featured in James Bond films involved switching tokens bought for €10 for ones worth €1,000.

“These gentlemen were very good,” said Christian Ollier, the head of the government service in charge of gambling houses, which are all owned by the principality’s Société des bains de mer de Monaco (SBM), a public company in which the Monaco principality and the ruling family have a majority interest.

Monaco lays out the red carpet for big-time gamblers who throng to thegambling den officially known as the Casino de Monte-Carlo, and had been lodging the three cheats for free in a hotel owned by the SBM.

Sajid Rashid, 49, the Pakistan-born ringleader of the gang, has been banned for life from London casinos, has gambled under 28 false names around the world and has served 14 months for cheating in British casinos, according to AFP news agency.

His main accomplice in Monaco was 26-year-old Qamar Hussain. Both men were each sentenced to serve 30 months in Monaco’s tiny jail overlooking the Mediterranean which contains only 20 cells.

The third man, Bangladesh-born Zahidul Haque Khan, 45, was the only one to have denied any wrongdoing.

“I just went out to have a cigarette and something to eat,” he said when asked to explain surveillance camera footage that showed him repeatedly slipping tokens into his pocket.

Mr Khan’s innocence would have been beyond any doubt if he’d played at the famous casino’s online outlet instead. Players from all over the world can enjoy the facilities available at Monte Carlo Casino by logging onto their website, where you’ll be given up to £1,000 in deposit bonus cash to spend at the tables – and anything you win will be al yours as you won’t have had the opportunity to cheat.


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