What do you consider a big win after a night out at the casino? For some, it’s walking away from the Blackjack tables with a $300 profit. For others, it’s leaving the Roulette tables even. For Frank Baffi Jr, his big win is not going to jail for a crime he didn’t commit.

Say what? Hear us out. This is the story of a man who escaped the blind wrath of the justice system thanks to the eye in the sky.

On April 30th, a violent mugging took place in Carroll Gardens, New York. The alleged mugging victim claimed he had been hit with a glass Snapple bottle and was robbed of his iPad and wristwatch. He identified Frank Baffi Jr by name as the perpetrator.

So the cops did what they had to do and arrested the 26-year-old man. Case closed, right? Well, not so fast. Baffi claimed he was at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City at the time of the mugging, so it would be impossible for him to have committed the crime in an entirely different state.

The cops didn’t believe Baffi. After all, the victim pointed out Baffi by name, which is far better than pointing someone out of a lineup. But Baffi had luck on his side. Or more specifically, the luck of a casino.

After a reported showed up outside the police station at the time of his booking, the police decided to call the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. They were able to check out footage from the Golden Nugget and, low and behold, discovered that Baffi was telling the truth.

At 11:20 pm, the time of the mugging, Baffi was seen on the Golden Nugget video footage. The footage proved that he wasn’t even in the same state at the time of the mugging.

“I played a little bit of poker, a little bit of roulette. I came out about even,” said Baffi of his trip to Atlantic City with his fiancée and daughter. We think this is way better than coming out even. If you ask us, not going to jail for a crime you didn’t commit is a big win.

This is a good news story, but we’re concerned that the cops weren’t doing their job to begin with. Baffi’s lawyer argues that the police only decided to call the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement after they were about to be outed by a journalist for not doing their job.

Thankfully, all is right in the world thanks to the eye in the sky. So do yourself a favor and smile next time you play at a live casino. It could end up saving your life.


Simon is an overactive gambler and the Staff Writer here at Silver Oak. He loves casino bonuses, online slots, and using the em dash too often. Currently, he rests his typing hands in Vancouver, Canada.