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"This is the end result of all the bright lights... and the comp trips, of all the champagne... and free hotel suites,
and all the broads and all the booze. It's all been arranged just for us to get your money.
That's the truth about Las Vegas. We're the only winners. The players don't stand a chance. "

-- Sam "Ace" Rothstein, Casino, 1995

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Cranberry Caper Solved....

It looks like the Bellagio heist has been solved.  It turns out it was not organized crime, but a 29 year old degenerate gambler who apparently owed the wrong people a lot of money.  It sounds like this capture was a combination of good police work combined with this jackass not being able to keep his mouth shut.  For more information on this story check this link attributed to the Las Vegas Sun:

This is the suspect (innocent until proven guilty, don't forget)

Personally, I think MGM Resorts and Bellagio security should be embarrassed for letting something like this happen in the first place.  Here are two questions that would like to have answered:

I understand that the Bellagio takes huge action at its table games, but to have $25k chips on a regular craps table on the main casino floor seems like insanity to me.  I can understand these chips in the high limit parlor, but out on the main floor?  Why are these needed?  Just to color up a big better?

How does a guy walk into a casino wearing a motorcycle helmet at 4:30 am and not get immediately accosted by security?  The videos of this clown sauntering in and out of the Bellagio are ridiculous.  The entire Bellagio security team working during this heist should be fired or at least reassigned to Circus Circus.

Personally, I think the Bellagio/MGM were screwed on these chips.  Had this guy not been such a jackass I think these chips could have been circulated back into the casino -- perhaps not the full amount but certainly enough to make it all worthwhile.  With Chinese New Year going on and the right contacts within Asian organized crime, these chips could have been laundered right back into the house.

I welcome any and all opinions on this heist, but your commentary will be deleted if you cannot put together a rationale and organized opinion.  Agree with me or disagree with me, no problem -- just state your case in a civilized manner.

One more thing -- I love doing this when I go to the Bellagio:  When on the casino floor walk up to any person that looks like a supervisor or floor person.  Ask them the following:

"Excuse me, can you direct me to the craps table that got robbed for $1.5 million? I would like to take a picture of it."

Just wait to see the reaction you will get.  It is so damn funny.  Let's just say they are not happy with these types of questions...

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