Vancouver Casino Dealers Fired For Collusion And Cheating

As per records obtained from the authorities in March this year, it has been learnt that three card dealers employed with Parq Casino in Vancouver were fired last year for cheating and colluding with the players. Going by the documents these dealers were resultantly charged by the police in all these cases respectively. However none of the prominent news portals have been able to confirm this as only the Crown prosecutors can approve charges in British Columbia.

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How the cases were uncovered?

Records were requested from the Ministry of Attorney General under the Freedom of Information Law of British Columbia. These records suggested that the dealers paid $ 43,000, $ 40,000 and $ 37,000 respectively to players who were not entitled to receive these winnings.

A close look at the entries revealed that these instances were ‘cheat at play.’ However, no other details were available. When reached out for comment, the vice president of regulatory affairs and compliance at Parq casino, Angela Swan, didn’t have much to say. She cited employee matters, but emphasise that Parq Casino takes compliance very seriously.

Former Enforcement Director confirmed the possibility

Ed Rampone, the former director at the province’s Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch said that it’s highly likely that players and dealers had conspired in a way that dealers would pass on chips to players, little by little, over a period of time.

He further revealed that it is quite possible for blackjack dealers to hand out extra chips to the players, while sliding them across the table. Thereafter, player could pay off the dealer at any point of time, at any place of the latter’s choosing. Talking to the press, Rampone described a possible scenario, “For every hundred or thousand dollars that I slip to you [in chips], you pay me back half or a third, depending on what the risk is,” s book aid Rampone, describing a potential scenario.”

River Rock money-laundering case

There was another money-laundering case at the River Rock Casino in Richmond in 2017. In this case, the employee had facilitated a big third party cash transaction with someone who was banned. No specific details were provided in the records and there was no indication if the charges were laid.

On the whole, there were 88 cases between January 2016 and October 2018 where Casino workers had been accused of improper conduct. Of these 79 were fired. To put things into perspective, a total of 8602 casino employees are registered in the province.

There had been another case at the Parq Casino wherein a Hard Rock Casino worker was noticed cashing out fake chips. The Hard Rock Casino thereafter fired the concerned employee.



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