There are always people trying to get away with something extra in the casinos and what happened at the Hamilton Sky City Casino in New Zealand in September is no different. Two people, Xiao Dong Lu and her boyfriend, Zhou Zhao, were working with the roulette dealer in order to make bets after the ball had found its way into the winning slot.
Everyone who has ever played the game of roulette knows that the bets are placed and then the dealer sets the ball in motion in one direction and the wheel in another. Final bets are then called and the dealer waves his hand over the board and announces when no more bets can be placed.
This wasn’t the case for the night that Xiao and Zhou were at Sky City Casino because they were working with the roulette dealer there, Bo Du. He was allowing the couple to place bets on the table even after the ball had landed in a number.
This apparently occurred on multiple occasions inside the casino. On one of the couple’s more successful nights, they walked away with $5,000 after obtaining six wins. It caused some suspicion in the casino because security noticed the pair was winning more than what chance would normally allow.
Originally, each was sentenced to fines and community service. However, after attending the Hamilton District Court to get sentenced, it was decided that Xiao would be sent back to her home country of China. Zhou would have to pay over $10,000 in fines and endure a 5 month detention in his home country.
It was not reported what became of the casino dealer that allowed the couple to get away with the bets, though he is most certainly not working at the Sky City casino any longer.
There are always surveillance cameras in the casinos, so it is possible to see what’s going on at all of the table games. This is one of the main reasons why the dealer doesn’t simply say “no more bets” but also waves his hand across the board.
Undoubtedly, the casino reviewed the tapes and saw that the couple had been placing bets after the point that they should legally be allowed to – and this is what led to them being sent back to China. It’s not often that someone is caught cheating to this degree, but they are almost always caught and punished.