A Hong Kong man cheated a newly opened casino in Macau out of 30 million Hong Kong dollars (US$3.85 million) at the baccarat table, local newspapers reported 21 July. The person with a surname Wong teamed up with a partner to switch cards at the casino, established in May by Las Vegas gambling mogul Sheldon Adelson.
According to Associated Press, cited by Thestar.com.my, Sands casino supervisors didn’t immediately notice how much Wong had been winning. But lately the casino’s internal security TV reviewed video and revealed the offender.
Local newspapers reported that several casino executives were hired over the incident. Macau authorities arrested Wong and ordered him to stay in the tiny enclave. But soon he was released on bail because of “insufficient evidence”. There is the suspition he can run away with most, but not all, of the money. When the casino’s managers found the offence, they stopped payment on a final check of HK$5 million (US$640,000).
Wong was revealed to be an experienced scammer who previously was deprived of visiting other Macau casinos and gambling ships that sail out of Singapore. But the swindler used a disguise to enter the Sands. This resort was extremely attractive as it was the first casino that challenged a Hong Kong tycoon Stanley Ho’s gambling monopoly in more than 40 years. Gambling has been a major activity during many years in Macau.
Spike develops TV casino program for young players
U.S. network Spike TV released online casino programming through one of its shows. The project, called Midnight Spike, targets the young male audience of twenty and thirty age groups, which is expected to be hugely interested in online casino gambling.
Casinomeister.com reported that GoldPocket provided for Midnight Spike the program with interactive technology, which enabled viewers to wager using virtual money on the results of certain challenges staged throughout the show. The system also allowed Spike Casino’s viewers to gamble on traditional casino games including roulette, slot machines and craps.
iTV-functional set-top boxes and logging in via the Spike TV website let the users access the interactive casino. The viewers will see their updated points on leader boards shown in real time. But if the user tunes out the program, the system will void his/her accumulated points.