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Hong Kong Card Sharp Allegedly Cheats Casino of $3.85 Million

21 July 2004

HONG KONG -- As reported by the Associated Press: "A Hong Kong man allegedly cheated a newly opened Macau casino out of 30 million Hong Kong dollars (US$3.85 million) at the baccarat table, newspapers reported Wednesday.

"The man, identified only by the surname Wong, reportedly collaborated with a partner to switch cards at the Sands Macau, which was opened in May by Las Vegas gambling mogul Sheldon Adelson.

"Sands supervisors didn't immediately notice how much Wong had been winning.

"But later they uncovered the scam by reviewing video taken by the casino's internal security TV, according to accounts in the South China Morning Post and Apple Daily newspapers in Hong Kong.

"...Macau authorities have arrested Wong and ordered him to stay in the tiny enclave, but he has been released on bail because of "insufficient evidence.'

It appears that Wong was able to make off with most, but not all, of the money..."

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