Casino and Gambling Crimes

Casino Crimes Caught on Camera

Passage of a statewide ballot in 1996 gave the go-ahead for three casinos in Detroit. In response, MGM Grand Detroit, Greektown Casino & Hotel and Motor City Casino were established in downtown Detroit.

Detroit casinos are regulated by the Michigan Gaming Control and Revenue Act. Crimes that occur at a casino are prosecuted under State of Michigan laws by the Michigan Attorney General’s Office. In the Detroit casinos, live video surveillance is employed to watch for inappropriate activity such as trying to cheat the casino. Literally thousands of cameras are placed strategically to watch the action at the tables and within all public areas of the casino. According to a source, there are approximately 6000 cameras and monitors at the Greektown Casino which provide live monitoring of gaming tables from multiple angles of view.

Casino Crimes by Patrons and Employees; Capping Chips, Payment of Unearned Bets

The ABDO LAW FIRM provides criminal defense representation in the Detroit Courts for casino crimes. Crimes in casinos include theft related offenses, attempting to defeat slot machines by illegal means and cheating at gaming tables. One of the most common casino crimes is known as “capping” or “topping” casino chips. Capping or topping chips occurs when an original wager is topped with additional chips by the participant after a winning hand is revealed. The act of topping additional chips on a smaller wager is usually achieved by sleight of hand when the dealer is not paying attention. The chips are palmed within the participant’s hand and then placed directly on-top of the original bet in what appears to be a natural movement or gesture.

Cheating can also occur when casino employees or dealers are involved in scamming the casino or conspiring with patrons. Casino scams by employees may involve false shuffling of cards or payment of unearned wagers.

Felony Charges for Cheating at a Casino

Maximum Penalty: 10 Years in prison & $100,000.00 Fine

Any attempt to cheat at a casino game, including capping or topping chips, is punishable as a felony. Pursuant to MCL 432.218, the following conduct (partial list) is punishable by imprisonment for not more than 10 years or a fine of not more than $100,000.00, or both, and barred for life from a gambling establishment in Michigan, for doing any of the following:

  • Keeping track of the cards played in a gambling game.
  • Cheats at a gambling game.
  • Manufactures, sells, or distributes cards, chips, dice, a game, or a device that is intended to be used to violate this act.
  • Places a bet after acquiring knowledge, not available to all players, of the outcome of the gambling game that is the subject of the bet or to aid a person in acquiring the knowledge for the purpose of placing a bet contingent on that outcome.
  • Claims, collects, takes, or attempts to claim, collect, or take money or anything of value in or from the gambling games, with intent to defraud, without having made a wager contingent on winning a gambling game, or claims, collects, or takes an amount of money or thing of value of greater value than the amount won.
  • Uses counterfeit chips or tokens in a gambling game.

It is a misdemeanor for someone under age 21 to gamble at a casino punishable by imprisonment for not more than 1 year in a county jail or a $10,000.00 fine, or both.

We Value Your Reputation!

A casino crime will be prosecuted as a felony. The ABDO LAW FIRM provides criminal defense services and reputation management for clients charged with casino crimes in Detroit. Do not talk to the police if you are accused of a crime, As soon as our firm gets involved we develop a case strategy, order the police reports and communicate with the Michigan Attorney General’s Office to get things under control. Our representative clients reside in Michigan, Canada and out of state.