A dangerous news story out of Washington today is sending shivers down our collective spines. As online casino players, we also love the live scene. And there’s nothing more exiting than a night out at a casino, especially if it proves to be profitable. But for one couple from Fairfax County, it didn’t end the way it should have.

A woman and her husband were robbed on Saturday night after returning home from an evening at a casino. The couple arrived home shortly before midnight when they were approach by a woman at their front door. She grabbed the victim and swiped her purse.

Other members of the household heard what was going on and emerge from the home. They started to chase the suspect down the street. She made it to a nearby waiting vehicle and, unfortunately, that wasn’t the end of the story.

The man driving the vehicle (or perhaps someone else in the vehicle) fired a gun and shot a 66-year-old woman in the arm. Her injuries are not life threatening, but it could have ended in tragedy if physics and luck had been slightly different.

One can assume that the couple was followed home. Either they were seen winning big or they were seen betting large. We’ve recommended to our readers in the past to never head home alone after a night at the casino, but clearly this couple was following that rule and the inevitable happened. Today, we’ve got some more tips to help you stay safe, especially if you’re carrying a lot of money in your wallet or purse.

1) Make unpredictable stops on the way home
Rather than driving straight home after a big win at the casino, stop at a gas station. We recommend backing in to a spot that can give you a full view of the vicinity. If you see a suspicious vehicle parked and think they’re waiting for you, make note of it. Wait a few minutes and drive off. If they follow you, make another stop and see if they continue to follow. And if they do, radio the police.

2) Make a pit stop at the police station
You know where bad guys with guns don’t typically go? The police station, at least not on purpose. If you believe you’re being tailed, Google Maps the closes police station and hightail it over in that direction. You can bet that the people following you will say, “No thanks,” and move on to another direction.

3) Keep your money in your shoe
Did you win a couple thousand dollars at the casino? Don’t put it in your wallet. Drop it into your shoe and remove any unnecessary cards from your wallet or purse. If someone manages to steal your cards or your wallet, at least they won’t have all the cash you just won.

We hope you’ll keep these tips in mind should you decide to play in a land-based casino. If you’re still worried about coming face to face with a career criminal, play online casino games instead. All the cash is digital, so you don’t have to worry about what happened in Washington this weekend.


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.