Cromwell Mint Casino has sacked a poker dealer for allegedly stealing thousands of pounds worth of casino chips after coming into work with a plastic tube running from a hole in his pocket to his sock.
I’m a little tea leaf.
My Dad would come home from work, dump his work clothes on the floor and jump in the bath. I would turn out his loose change and steal a few quid. I would later spend it on the fruit machines and Wonder Boy.
My Dad got suspicious. He asked me outright if I was a tea leaf? Like I was going to admit that one. Unfortunately for me, he had caught me red-handed. He set a trap, unbeknown to me I walked right into it.
It seems the management team at Cromwell Mint Casino in West London have taken a leaf out of my Dad’s book. The Genting-owned gambling establishment recently uncovered a thieving scandal involving a poker dealer.
Online reports from The Daily Mail explain how the unnamed man would come to work equipped with a tube running from his pocket to his sock (was his name Dirk Diggler?) During the play, he would slip his hand into his pocket and drop a variety of chips into his sock.
During breaks in his shift, the employee would take a fag break and pass his newly earned bounty onto a female accomplice. Over time, the chips would then be cashed. While it’s unknown how much he stole, or over what period, police officers who arrested him found £12,000 in cash at his home. He earned over £30,000 per year plus tips.
It’s the second casino scam involving Brits to hit the headlines over the Christmas break. In December, three British men were jailed in Monaco. They were found guilty of theft after winning £2.7 million in a roulette scam that involved fake chips. They were ordered to spend 18 months to 3 years in prison, but only had to return £624,000, meaning they were allowed to pocket the further £2m.
The scam took place at the Grand Casino of Monte Carlo over a 15-month period 2014/15.