Two croupiers, Craig Walker and Daniel Johnson, figured out a way to fix a roulette wheel, so the ball would go into the same slot, while working at Coral Island Casino in Blackpool, Lancashire, UK. Once the wheel was rigged they signaled their friend Kevin Traynor to play at their table. All three men split the £23,000 that Traynor won from the fixed wheel. Their scam was soon uncovered and now the gang of three men have admitted to fraud and the croupiers are in jail. The fraud was discovered when the casino boss examined security video of the roulette table.
The Preston Crown Court heard the case Monday June 8, 2015. During the court proceeding it was learned that during a quiet shift the two croupiers worked together to figure out how to perform a “no spin on the wheel.” Traynor waited for his friend, one of the croupiers, to scratch his head signaling he should increase the £25 bet to £100. This secured Traynor the win. Traynor was under suspicion by the casino because he would gamble small amounts, but have big wins. He won £2,100 on one visit to Coral Island Casino.
The casino boss examined the footage to ensure all games are being played fairly. He saw the croupier scratch his head just prior to the ball being anticipated. His watchful eye led to the arrest of the three men, who admitted their part in their plan and then they pled guilty to fraud.
The cheating scheme went on for eight occasions. Craig Walker was given 14 months in jail. Daniel Johnson received 12 months. Kevin Traynor was given a nine month sentence, which was suspended for two years in order for Traynor to work 200 hours. The work is unpaid.
The prosecutor stated, “All three said their motivation was that they had been in debt.”
The defense attorney for Walker said, “He will never again work in the trade he had learned since he was 18. No one is ever going to trust him.”
Originally the three men were just talking for fun, developing a plan, but then something changed so they actually went through with it, according to the defense attorney for Johnson.