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#1 Hum

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 22:11

Australia's largest casino has been scammed out of a reported $32m in an Ocean's Eleven-style heist.

Melbourne's Herald-Sun newspaper said a foreigner staying at the Crown Casino used the venue's own surveillance cameras in the sting.

The paper claims information taken from the high-resolution cameras was apparently signalled to the high roller as he played cards - a similar method to that used by George Clooney's character in the crime caper.

In the 2001 movie Brad Pitt and Clooney recruit someone familiar with security to rob a series of Las Vegas casinos.

Crown said a member of staff in the VIP gambling area had been sacked and the patron involved banned after the scam was uncovered several weeks ago.

Victoria state police said they had been informed of the incident.

Deakin University's Linda Hancock, who has written a book about Crown, said surveillance cameras were throughout the casino but even more intensified in the premium areas.

'There's someone in monitoring rooms looking at them in real time,' she told the broadcaster ABC.

'So they must have picked up that there was a winning streak here that looked suspicious and zoomed in on it and then been able to look at what was going on in real time in the room.'

Reports said Crown believed it could recover a significant portion of the money.

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 00:34

Reports said Crown believed it could recover a significant portion of the money.


I wonder why they think that?

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 00:36

For some reason I hope they get away it

Casinos should be illegal

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 00:39

I wonder why they think that?


Probably deposited in a bank, that they can link to the thieves.

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 00:43

Probably deposited in a bank, that they can link to the thieves.

If you're smart enough to rob a bank of $32m and get away with it (so far) I don't think the most likely thing they'll do is go and dump it in a bank :p or if they do, it'll be an untraceable switz numbered account.

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 00:45

^ Swiss banks are not so private anymore.

Maybe the Cayman Islands ...

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 00:52

Casinos should be illegal


No, they absolutely should not.

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 12:30

...wasnt much info on the heist... doesnt sound like anything was actually stolen ... he just won lots and hacked into the CCTV