Hou Yongwei is no casino raider...

Casino Raiders

Hou Yongwei is no casino raider. That's for sure. Nice try, though. At least now we, I mean, the rest of casino raiders need to take note about the existence of the closed-circuit television. Hmm...

A Chinese national has become the first person to be convicted here for attempting to cheat the casino at Resorts World at Sentosa (RWS).

Hou Yongwei was sentenced to 10 months' jail for sneaking in a S$600 bet - in order to deceive a dealer into paying him S$6,000 - after the results had been declared.

The 26 year-old had attempted to commit the past-posting offence on March 28 at a game called "Tai Sai" in which punters bet on the value of three dices rolled in a covered tumbler.

The court heard that Hou tried to place his chips after the dealer had lifted the cover of the tumbler and declared the winning bet to be triple-4s, but was caught in the act.

He was reported to the security manager of the casino, who viewed the closed-circuit television footage and confirmed Hou's offence.

During sentencing, District Judge Ronald Gwee said a strong message must be sent out to all potential casino cheats that they would face substantial sentences if they were convicted.

Hou could have been jailed up to five years and fined.

Meanwhile, a cashier at the Resorts World casino was charged with a theft of S$10,000 from the casino.

Lim Ee Wah allegedly stole the cash while she was on duty on April 6. She told a district court that she intended to plead guilty and would make restitution.

Lim will return to court on May 10. If convicted, she faces up to seven years behind bars and a fine.

From Channel NewsAsia, "Resort World's first casino cheat gets 10 months' jail".


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