High Roller Takes Casino For $33 Million With Security Camera Hijack

Australia's biggest casino was taken for $33 million, when its own security cameras were used against it by a high-roller who managed to hijack the surveillance systems.

The man behind the scam, who was apparently staying in an "opulent villa" reserved for VIP guests, was given access to the cameras by a staff member. Unsurprisingly, that staff member has now been fired.

But not before the guy manged to play eight hands of cards in one of the most exclusive parts of the casino, making a cool $33 million helped along by footage from the cameras. Later that night, the gambler and his family were ejected—and banned—from the casino.

Weirdly, the casino never made a formal complaint to the police. However, according to Australia's Herald Sun, the casino believes it is "in a good position to recover a significant portion of the amount involved in the scam". As for the rest of us, the moral of the story is clear: if you're going to cheat, don't get caught. [Herald Sun via AFP via Verge]

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