Auckland’s SkyCity casino has revealed how a player used chewing gum to jam poker machine cash slots before returning to help himself to other players’ winnings.
According to local police, Paramasiven Moodley, 51, went to Auckland’s SkyCity casino on July 9 and placed a ‘chewing gum type substance’ over the coin-out device to prevent any subsequent winnings dropping into the collection tray.
Mr. Moodley, who pleaded guilty to a charge of cheating, carried out the scam on at another three slot machines. He was arrested after security guards spotted him on CCTV cameras.
SkyCity stated: “This sort of offending is very unusual but our stance is always clear; we have zero tolerance for cheating and theft. We work with the authorities to prosecute and trespass these individuals. In accordance with the Privacy Act we are unable to release details on
Mr Moodley’s status at our casino, but we have dealt with the incident appropriately. The amount involved was negligible.”
The courts charged him with ‘knowingly contravening the rules of an authorised game, namely an electronic poker gaming machine, with the intention of obtaining any pecuniary advantage for himself.’
He was fined $500 and ordered to pay court costs of $130.