Experienced Baccarat Dealer Gets Caught Cheating
The involvement in a casino betting scam has resulted in a two-year jail sentence for New South Wales baccarat dealer Duc Lam.
Lam, a former employee of Australian Operator Star Entertainment, was caught on CCTV in cahoots with another dealer and a member of the public in an attempt to cheat the casino.
The CCTV footage revealed Lam studying the cards which were about to be used in a game of baccarat and memorizing the order of the cards. He then sent these details through a mobile device to inform the player of the order of the cards.
The result of this fraud was that the casino lost AUD 467,000 over the course of one month. Lam was dismissed from his position at the casino and appeared at the Downing Centre (local court of South Wales), where he was found guilty of 15 counts of dishonesty. Lam was sentenced to two years in prison and 250 hours of community service.
In a statement by the ILGA (Liquor & Gaming Authority), Chair Philip Crawford stated:
A casino special employee is licensed to supervise and facilitate gaming activities, their role is to help safeguard the integrity of casino operations from criminal influence, serious misconduct or exploitation, and a special degree of trust is placed in them. This case demonstrates a clear breach of that trust.
The ILGA also announced that Lam’s gaming license had been withdrawn.