MELBOURNE’S Herald Sun has reported a gambler
used video from security cameras to see opponent's cards and scam the
Crown Towers Casino for around $A32 million in 8 key hands.
According to the report, the gambler was being hosted in one of
Crown's high-roller suites. Apparently during the play, an unauthorised
person was given remote access to the casino's surveillance systems and
was able to relay information about opponents' hands to the gambler.
imaginable possibility is that a member of the gamblers’ own entourage
was allowed to monitor scenes using security cameras that were then used
to watch other players but this seems highly irregular and is likely to
fly in the face of tight official procedure.
Law Reform Commission report states that Crown Casino has "one of the
most advanced, complex and comprehensive video surveillance systems
currently in use in Victoria".
the wake of the scam a gambling expert Barron Stringfellow told ABC
Melbourne that hacking a casino's security system isn't as hard as one
would imagine. "It's very easy to intercept a signal from many casinos
that don't take precautions."
Robert D. Grossman, a US security consultant who works extensively with
casinos, is reported to be surprised by the scam as it’s unusual to
obtain unauthorised access to a gaming surveillance system.
hard not to speculate that if a third party was given access to cameras
it must have been under very unusual circumstances. Standard casino
surveillance procedures are strict, modern digital cameras generally
live on secure subnets with little or no remote access, gaming cameras
are separated from security cameras and gaming CCTV teams are strictly
Meanwhile, a Crown spokesman said the casino was investigating the rort.
surveillance department recently reported concerns over a sophisticated
betting scam," he said. "A Crown investigation is under way and is