Three Italian poker players have been arrested alongside two casino employees in southern France. The group is accused of using marked cards to commit fraud for thousands of euros.
Three Italian poker
players and two members of staff from casinos in Cannes and Nice in southern France have been arrested, accused of defrauding the casinos out of thousands of euros through an elaborate card-marking scam.
According to Fox News
, the scam involved marking each of the cards in a deck with ink, which is only visible when wearing infrared glasses.
The group then planted the marked deck at a poker table in the casinos, and played the games while wearing the special glasses.
"In a way these players saw through the cards," a judicial source said.
The group had been operating for months, police say, and suspicion was first raised when the players won €60,400 at the Les Princes casino in Cannes.
Local authorities then set up a device to intercept the scam, and waited for the gang to return.
They did so, this time winning €27,460 during their second visit to the casino this week, but were stopped and arrested in the casino hallway as they tried to leave with the winnings.
An employee from the casino was also arrested, along with a member of staff from another casino in Nice.
According to Fox News, the three Italian players were "linked to serious organized crime".
Investigators have now sent out information about the scam and the culprits to all casinos in Europe to see if the same fraud has been committed elsewhere.