Radioactive playing cards discovered by German police in casino scam

Published on January 12, 2018 in Industry News

News Gambling Scam Online casinos and land-based casinos alike have always been a target for cheaters and scammers. Thanks to films such as Oceans Eleven, it's easy to see why those with a penchant for stealing from the House are drawn to these establishments.

The year of 2017 ended on a sour note for one particular scammer after police raided a Berlin restaurant. In search of radioactive card fragments, it was discovered that iodine-125 was used to coat as many as 14 playing cards.

A woman has been detained and could face prison charges after being involved in the scheme to steal from the restaurant which did not have a casino license.

Dangerous playing cards

It's not uncommon for players to find crazy ways to attempt to have an edge over the House, but using radioactive substances may be the most dangerous.

It is suspected that a player would carry a detector under their clothing to identify the coated cards.

The cards may have been damaging to the health of those involved, as well as those in the restaurant, but police are not willing to release any further details without more investigation into the matter.

Gambling and cheating

While this story may be unique, it's not the first time that players have been caught cheating at casinos.

In 1999, officials at Caesar's Casino in Johannesburg, South Africa discovered an elaborate cheating system in place after their Blackjack earnings dropped by 11%. It may not be unusual for a drop to take place, but the fact that it was such a large sum in a span of only 3 weeks is what triggered suspicion. 

It was revealed that a card manufacturing company, the only company manufacturing cards for this particular casino, had been marking cards. It is suspected that the information regarding these marked cards was sold to players, which in turn helped them win on a regular basis.

Another scam took place in 2004 when a group of gamblers in London used a laser scanner to cheat at the Roulette table. In order to measure the speed of the ball on the Roulette wheel, and potentially guess where it would land, the trio of cheaters managed to win more than $1.8 million before being caught by police at the Ritz Casino. The most surprising news of all is that they were told that they could keep their wins.

Last, but definitely not least, casino workers in France marked cards with invisible ink in 2014 for a very specific purpose. Italian gambler (and 007 wannabe) used infrared contacts to see the ink-marked cards. Unlike the previous troupe of cheaters, Stefano Ampollini and his band of helpers were fined and jailed.

If one thing is for sure, cheating at a casino, whether online or not, is never worth the chance of landing up in jail!