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Asian gang cheats casino of $1 million

27 November 2007

AUSTRALIA -- As reported by the Australia Courier Mail: "A highly organised Asian syndicate cheated the Gold Coast's Conrad Jupiters Casino out of almost $1 million in less than an hour at the high rollers' tables before being arrested trying to leave the Gold Coast Airport, a court has been told.

"The meticulously planned operation, which took place in May 2005, involved one man switching cards from hands dealt by the baccarat dealer with cards hidden in the palm of his hand in a bid to weaken his chances of winning.

"Other members of the Chinese group sat at the same table and bet against whatever he had bet on.

"In just 50 minutes they had netted more than $750,000, but were arrested that night at the airport after casino security staff monitoring video footage alerted police.

"An alleged group member, Wei Shan Liu, 44, faced trial at Southport District Court yesterday. Four of the others have already been convicted over their roles in the scam, but Liu had her verdict overturned on appeal. A sixth man was cleared of all charges..."

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