Macau casino loses $77k in fake chip scam

  • A Macau casino resort has reportedly fallen prey to a ‘fake chips’ scam
  • The Galaxy Macau is alleged to have lost close to $80,000 in total

When it comes to scams, there are those that will find ways of defrauding casinos with even the most vigilant of operators aren’t immune.

According to recent reports, a casino resort in Macau is the latest to fall prey to a scam that involved fake casino chips.

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Galaxy Macau, scene of the alleged fake chip scam

It would appear that this wasn’t a one of incident either. Rather, it has been alleged that the casino in in questions – Galaxy Macau – lost out to seven separate incidents in July, with the first taking place on July 19.

Substitute chips not picked up at first

It was TDM, a public broadcaster, that broke the story, showing off some of the ersatz gambling chips that had been passed off as genuine at the Galaxy Macau in its report.

The casino, the flagship resort of the Galaxy Entertainment Group, bills itself as a world-class Asian resort destination comprising 2,200 hotel rooms, 1,200 slots and over 600 gaming tables.

It is alleged that the fake chips were passed off without a hitch at first, but that the casino eventually cottoned on and staff were instructed to be alert to subsequent scams.

When two men from mainland China attempted to hand over fake chips at a Cotai casino, Judiciary Police were in wait and subsequently arrested the pair. The well-orchestrated scam is reported to have seen the men issued with forged chips as soon as they arrived in Macau.

Forged chips passed pass dealers

They then wasted no time in passing them over to a baccarat dealer, as well as to other dealers who were working the same shift. In total, they succeeded in passing over HK$600,000, or US$44,000, in the space of just two hours. In return for their efforts, the pair were allegedly warded with HK$150,000 each.

According to Macao Daily News, Galaxy Entertainment has conceded to losing $600,000 in total through the scam, equating to US$77,000. As Macau continues to attract Chinese high rollers and other reputable gamblers who are interested solely in wagering their own cash, there have also been instances of criminal activity too.

Macau Judiciary Police have been kept busy over the last few weeks, with a number of reported detentions of Chinese nationals suspected of gambling-related crimes.

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