Frequently, slot machines have offered opportunities to cheat, traps that have led these people to suffer their punishment at the hands of the law.
Tommy Glenn Carmichael undoubtedly caught him with his hands in the dough, after he managed to swindle large sums of money playing the slots. In the 1980s, Carmichael visited traditional casinos and used a metal device that inserted into the slot of the coins to activate the prizes.
When the machines began to modernize, Carmichael traveled to Las Vegas to find the old machines that were still available. He was finally caught in the dough and sentenced to five years in prison, although he was released in 1987 and began to invent a new way of cheating with slot machines.
Carmichael was a clever inventor and designed a “light wand” that could be used to illuminate the inside of the slots in order to activate a sensor and trigger payments. Before being caught he sold this wand to other gamblers and now works with the casinos to prevent other people from cheating.
The Man Who Reimbursed The Bets I Lose
A man named Richard Marcus made a lot of money cheating and was never caught by the authorities. Marcus was a good actor and a con artist. He played in the casinos and found a way to remove his chips from the bets he lost, and in this way he managed to recover the money from his losses and in practice make the advantage of the house change in his favor.
Marcus used to pretend to be drunk and not be careful when placing his bets, giving the croupier the impression that he was not a player that was concentrated or that represented a danger to the house. However, he cunningly placed higher-value chips under less-valuable chips at the roulette table, and left the larger chips if he won and took them away if his bet lost.
A Lady With Luck
Something similar happened in Las Vegas during the 1960s, when a woman named Ida Summers managed to triumph over several casinos and earn the nickname of Vegas Vixen.
Summers knew how to use its charm and beauty to achieve excellent results. The game of his choice was blackjack, where he used the card-stealing technique known as hand-mucking with good results, removing and adding cards to the table as best he could to get the best possible hand.
Summers was not the only woman in the history of the casinos who got rich at the expense of the house, since Monique Laurent had a whole team of people with whom she worked to obtain economic benefits. In 1973 she and her team devised a plan that consisted of visiting the casino in Deauville and playing at the roulette table.
Laurent had an internal accomplice, a dishonest roulette croupier who helped him with his purposes along with a sophisticated equipment very advanced for the time. Incredibly, the roulette ball was equipped with a radio receiver. The corrupt croupier put the ball into play, which could be controlled with a hidden radio transmitter.
The transmitter was so effective that Laurent could make the ball stop in a series of six numbers 90% of the time, and there were other people in the team who made the bets and began to accumulate considerable profits.
According to the story, the team continued to be successful for months before the casino owner realized that Laurent’s presence at any roulette table was related to that croupier losing a lot of money.