A court has considered the case of two gamblers who earned 14.000 pounds in merely two bets. They cunningly cheated their way to win roulette and simply walked out of the casino. What the pair did is incredibly simple: they took the lid of the automatic roulette machine and put the ball where they wanted it to go to win.
Casino employees spotted Ali Baglan, 31, en Hasan Gilgil, 30, both from Gloucester, on the CCTV.The public prosecutor, Caighli Talyor, said that on the 18th of January, a quarter to 10, GIgil placed a bet of 38 pound on number 3 of the roulette wheel and won 1.368 pound. At the same time, Baglan won 13.000 by putting 650 pound on the same number. Three minutes later, Gigil won 1.800 pound by betting 380 pound on number 29, whilst Baglan put 40 pound on the same number and therefore won 270 pound.
What was the tric to win?
When the employees checked the CCTV a while later, they saw Gigil taken the glass lid of the roulette machine and when the ball almost stopped rolling, putting it on the number of their choice. The two men have been convicted to 16 months of jail after they confessed to theft at the Casino. In all, they scooped up almost 14.000 pound. This money remains to be found.
The pair was found using the fingerprints they left on the gambling machine and using their Casino membership details.
Steve Young argues that Baglan should be considerd for mitigating circumstances: he came to the UK from Turkey in 2003, and has three young children. In addition to these three dependents, Baglan also runs a takeaway restaurant in Gloucester with three employees. Both defendants were in the habit of gambling. Mr Young adds that, “On the day of the crime, Gigil called Mr. Baglan to tell him that he was at the casino and that he had found a way to make a lot of money. It was incredible how easy this crime could be committed.” The roulette machines are not even supervised. Mr. Gigil could simply lift the lid, pick up the ball, and put it on the number of their choice. “It was a ridiculously easy and profiteering way to make a lot of money without being watched by anyone.” “Nobody was looking at the CCTV when the money that Gigil and Baglan won was cashed out. Of course the Casino cannot be held responsible for the behaviour of the two men, but it did allow them to leave them with an incredible amount of money, due to the remarkable absence of control and supervision.”
You can see this is not the way to win, you could better use the cold and warm numbers to play for the best result.
According to the judge supervising the court case, Michael Vere-Hodge, this was a “joint effort. Both men had a role to plan in the undertaking. Only thanks to a large amount of planning and guile were they able to take advantage of an oversight in the security of the casino, and thereby earn a lot of money. Suspending the punishment would not do justice to the serious nature of this cunning crime.”