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May 19th, 2009
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1181667/The-crooked-croupier-stuffed-thousands-socks.html

But but but... A casino employee recons croupiers are forbidden to bend down, as (a) it means they can't watch the table and (b) the sock dodge is known about.

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From:oldbloke
Date:May 19th, 2009 10:39 am (UTC)
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Apparently they're not allowed pockets either. Hanging off his ears? You'd think somebody'd notice - althogh it's claimed he did this for 6 years without them noticing how much they were dropping, so maybe not.
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From:caramel_betty
Date:May 19th, 2009 11:10 am (UTC)
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Perhaps he was short-changing rich-but-dumb/drunk customers? I imagine there's a small amount of customers not cashing in 100% of their chips at the end of a night.
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From:oldbloke
Date:May 19th, 2009 12:29 pm (UTC)
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I spoze some detaisl are probably available online somewhere, but:
Shortchanging punters is unlikely, as he'd have to stash the chips somewhere and, in theory, he can't. My best guess is he snaffled a few at cash-up time at the end of each night - hard for them to know exactly how much the punters have dropped, and they don't do a full chip count every night (some punters take the chips home anyway), and there's likely more chance to hide a few away then
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From:femsc
Date:May 19th, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC)
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Don't have to bend down to reach socks; socks (and indeed feet) can some up. Even so, I'd have expected casinos to have similar security wotnots as the Royal Mint, precisely because of the temptation to snaffle a few quid here and there.
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From:oldbloke
Date:May 19th, 2009 09:40 pm (UTC)
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Some are better than others. Maybe he found a dead area that the cameras and pit bosses couldn't see. It'd still be very difficult.
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From:hooloovoo_42
Date:May 19th, 2009 10:45 pm (UTC)
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Last October, Wagner was jailed for 15 months at Southwark Crown Court after admitting theft of £69,000. The judge told him to repay £36,000. But Grosvenor Casinos Ltd has now served a High Court writ on the croupier, alleging he stole between £250,000 and £300,000.

Couldn't he have just stood for parliament instead? He'd have got away with it then.
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