Mastermind behind casino card cheating scheme sentenced in US
Van Thu Tran, the mastermind behind one of the largest casino cheating rings in Canada and the US, was sentenced today in San Diego to 26 months in prison. For several years, Ms. Tran, together with several others, cheated the casinos out of US$7 million by various card false shuffling methods during blackjack and mini-Baccarat. Court documents also show that members of her organization bribed casino card dealers and supervisors to perform false shuffles, thereby creating “slugs,” or groups of unshuffled cards. After tracking the order of cards dealt in a card game, a member of the group would signal to the card dealer to perform a “false shuffle,” and other members of the group would then bet on the known order of cards when the slug appeared on the table. By doing so, they repeatedly won millions of dollars. They also used sophisticated mechanisms for tracking the order of cards during games, including hidden transmitter devices and specially created software that would predict the order in which cards would reappear during blackjack games. Tran was sentenced for, amon gother things, racketeering and money laundering. See earlier post here.