You’ve heard of poker pros raking in millions and doing so consistently. But have you ever heard of Roulette players doing the same? There are consistent Roulette champions, but none who could be consider prose. Or at least none that you’ve likely heard of. But that’s about to change.
Richard Marcus could be considered one of the greatest Roulette players to ever play the game. He’s also the world’s biggest casino cheat. And best of all? He got away with it.
Throughout the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, Marcus scammed millions of dollar rom the world’s biggest casinos. It all began in 1976 when Marcus worked as a croupier in Las Vegas. A notorious scammer lured him into the world of casino crime and the two worked together to cheat casinos out of millions of dollars.
They used a system called past posting. It’s all about putting money down on a bet after the outcome has been determined. For successful past posting, you need two important things:
1) A person in charge
2) Full trust between the two parties
The two cheaters had those two and scammed casinos out of millions. The past posting team raked in over $100,000 in a typical weekend.
If you’re wondering how past posting could be so effective and go undetected, remember that we’re talking about the late 1970s and early 1980s. Today, you’ve got the eyes in the sky—camera systems that watch every inch of the casino looking for cheats and scammers. They aren’t just focused in on one table. They’re focused down on multiple angles on a single table.
But way back then, casinos relied on one camera to cover off about four different tables. And not simultaneously. Secure teams had to rotate from one table to another. Marcus and his team used this knowledge to their advantage to place bets when they knew the cameras weren’t watching.
The good times only lasted so long. After casinos began losing way more money than they liked, the security team had to do something. So they revamped the entire surveillance system. And they did it all over Vegas.
But here’s where it gets really interesting. That didn’t stop Marcus in his tracks. Instead, it caused him to go full steam ahead, inventing a new system to cheat. With a deep understanding of the surveillance system, Marcus figured out the perfect angle that would allow him to place his chips so both the camera and the croupier wouldn’t notice. In a nutshell, a stack of chips was placed on a bet. There might have been three chips that appeared to be of $5 each. But in reality, there was actually a $5,000 chip on the bottom and two $5 chips on top.
When the bet won, the dealer would attempt to pay $15 (assuming a 1:1 payout). At that point Marcus, would point out that there was a $5,000 chip on the bottom. When he bet lost, that’s when the magic happened.
In the blink of an eye, Marcus would swap the stack of $5,010 for a similar-looking stack of $15. Instead of one $5,000 chip and two $5 chips, there were now three $15 chips. If the croupier caught him touching the chips, it would likely be at the moment that he was dropping the $15 back on the table. Since the dealer thought that there was only $15 on the felt to begin with, all was now OK.
The signature move created by Marcus was called the Savannah, named after his favorite Las Vegas exotic dancer. Since they’re famous for suckering guys out of cash, we think that’s a most suitable name.
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