Playing in casinos is fun, especially when you win a big prize. However, it’s really possible to beat the house in the long run. Not many people are lucky enough to become a successful professional gambler. There are exceptions though, although some gamblers like to cheat. This can be seen in the interesting documentary ‘The Secret Underworld of Vegas Gambling’.
Cheating in Vegas
Cheating is as old as humanity. Whether it’s the year 1000, 1500 or 2020: people have always been using tricks to get what they want. Nowadays the casino is a favorite place to cheat. This can be seen in ‘The Secret Underworld of Vegas Gambling’. This documentary is very exciting because you see footage from real security cameras in casinos in Las Vegas. Big Brother is watching you!
Thanks to the security cameras you see how cheaters operate. For example, crooks can be seen placing chips on a number when the ball has already fallen on a Roulette number. It’s like these cheaters are predicting the outcome of Roulette afterwards. You also see how clever they are, so that the croupier doesn’t notice.
All kinds of tricks
In the documentary, all kinds of tricks come along. For example, we see a person who steals the wallet of a player who is completely absorbed in his game. In the last part of the documentary some experts show how to perform cheating tricks. In slow motion, so that you can see how they do it precisely.
The fight against cheating
‘The Secret Underworld of Vegas Gambling’ gives insight in the way casinos fight against cheating. It doesn’t matter if the casino can be found in Vegas, Paris or London. Casinos in the United Kingdom, for example in London, have been trying to arm themselves against cheaters for years.
Interesting to know is that casino players were even watched when there were no cameras around. This worked as follows: above the gaming rooms the casino placed balustrades, also known as catwalks. From over there security people could see if everything was okay. The balustrades were hidden behind mirrors, so that no one would notice.
Tip: You can still see the catwalks in the old Golden Gate Casino during a visit in Las Vegas. However, they’re hidden. So ask staff member, so that you know where to look. And remember that cheating isn’t going to bring you anywhere. When you’re caught, you could be charged with a felony. Cheaters often face sentences of 1 to 6 years and/or a 10.000 dollar fine.