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Craziest Casino Heists Of All Time

Craziest Casino Heists Of All Time

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It’d be nice to come into some big bucks now and again…a sweet little cash injection to pay for that much needed holiday!

For most of us this never happens, we save, and we wait, and eventually, our hard work and patience pays off.

There are those few people out there who buck this trend, they want big money and want it fast. Whether they’re thrill seekers or just crazy, the world has seen its fair share of these crazy people. You know who we’re talking about: casino robbers!

We’re sure that 99.9% of you reading this won’t ever try to recreate your own Oceans 11.

So,  to at least give you a taste of casino heists, here are the top five biggest casino robberies in recent history – and the stories behind them.

The Stardust Casino – $1.1 Million (1991)

stardust casino heist

Location: Stardust Casino, Las Vegas

Thieves: Royal Hopper, Jake Hopper, and Bobby Hopper

Sum: $1.1 Million in total

First on our list of the top five biggest robberies is the Stardust Casino heist of 1991. While you may have been busy listening to the newest Nirvana records, Royal Hopper – a security guard at the Stardust Casino, Las Vegas – was enlisting the help of his two sons Jake and Bobby, to help rob the casino where he worked.

Royal managed to get his hands on the security protocols for the casino, allowing him to learn what specific staff had to do in specific situations. This then enabled him and his two sons to play out a mock robbery, with Jake stealing money from Royal as he delivered it across the casino floor. The trio grew bold and tried again, this time robbing an armoured truck for 1.1 million.

The three ‘Royally” f***** up and were quickly caught. Imagine stealing millions of dollars with your dad! If you thought that was weird, wait ‘till you get a load of the next few.

Ritz Casino – $1.3 Million (2004)

Ritz Casino Club Roulette Tables

Location: Ritz Casino, London

Thieves: Anonymous threesome

Sum: $1.3 Million in total

Second in our list is the 2004 robbery of the Ritz Casino, London. This heist is a little more high-tech than the last and involves two anonymous men and a woman who had laser scanning devices built into their mobile phones.

The threesome went to the Ritz in March 2004 and used this high-tech gadget to scan the roulette wheel and calculate where the ball would stop. In the first evening the trio managed to win £100,000, and when they got greedy and came back the next night, turned that into £1.3 million.

Eventually, they were caught, but nothing could be proved, and the UK courts had no law forbidding cheating in a casino.

Lucky them! They made off with £1.3 million and a lifetime casino ban – a fair trade if you ask us!

The Bellagio – $1.5 Million (2010)

Bellagio Casino Las Vegas ExteriorLocation: The Bellagio, Las Vegas

Thief: Anthony Carleo

Sum: $1.5 Million in total

This next one is a little less subtle than the last two. In 2010 Anthony Carleo – also known as the Biker Bandit – held up a dealer at the Bellagio, Las Vegas.

The bandit cruised up to the casino, parked his bike outside, walked straight in, and pulled a gun out on the high-roller craps table dealer. He made away with $1.5 million in chips, which would soon be his downfall because the Bellagio dropped the $25,000 ones, and he was soon finding it hard to spend his money.

The biker bandit was eventually caught trying to sell the chips on an online poker forum, busted by an undercover cop! eBusted.

Circus Circus – $2.5 Million (1993)

Circus Circus Casino Las Vegas ExteriorLocation: Circus Circus, Las Vegas

Thieves: Heather Tallchief and Roberto Solis

Sum: $2.5 Million in total

If you liked the decisive ending of the last one, then the question mark hanging over the 1993 Circus Circus robbery will have you a little uneasy.

Heather Tallchief was an armoured truck driver for Circus Circus casino, responsible for filling up the ATMs around the casino. One day in October 1993, the 21-year-old decided not to make her last ATM stop. Initially, the authorities were confused about what happened but soon realised that she had made away with 2.5 million in cash.

She was supposed to have planned this crime with her ex-partner Roberto Solis, who, when she turned up 12 years later and penniless, she claimed took all the money from her and left her with their son.

Many speculate that this was, in fact, all part of the plan, with the 2.5 million still being stashed away somewhere.

Who knows for sure? But we sure know we’d like to find it if it is still out there!

Crown Casino – $32 Million (2013)

Crown Casino Perth SignageLocation: Crown Casino, Perth

Thief: James Manning

Sum: $1.1 Million in total

Last, and certainly not the least, is the James Manning inside job at Crown Casino, Perth, just over 6 years ago.

James Manning was a high-roller planning to visit the Crown Casino to drink an exclusive cocktail raised from the Titanic, worth $125,000. This frenzy of attention served as a perfect distraction while James helped himself to a week-long VIP service at the casino.

Finally, whilst playing in the VIP high-roller tables, Manning managed to win an 8 hand streak and bag himself $32 million!

The casino soon realised that Manning was being helped by a high-ranking casino employee, we still don’t know who, and promptly took the money back from him.

Imagine being made a $32 multi-millionaire and then having it taken from you moments later…

Either way, the moral of this story is: crime does pay, just in massive amounts to those who have the nerve and avoid getting locked up!

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