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Missouri casino loses more than $100,000 in scam

23 December 2008

RIVERSIDE, Missouri -- As reported by The Kansas City Star: "A counterfeit casino chip scam has cost the Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa in Riverside more than $100,000 in recent weeks.

"'It could have been worse,' said casino general manager Ameet Patel, who confirmed Monday that a man was arrested last week by state gambling agents. A cashier had detected several $100 chips that were slighter thicker than the casino's own and did not fit properly into storage racks.

"...No one has been charged yet, said Lt. Bob Zubeck, the patrol's gambling enforcement supervisor for the state's western district.

"...After the suspected patron was arrested last Tuesday, Patel said, the casino removed every $100 chip from play and replaced them with back-up inventory. Patel said an estimated 1,100 phony chips had been discovered so far.

"He said the counterfeit chips weren't detected until some were placed in a storage tray and, because of their thickness, did not fit properly..."

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