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Marina Bay Sands thwarts cheating at 7 Up Baccarat

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Marina Bay Sands thwarts cheating at 7 Up Baccarat

Security guards at land-based casinos always have their hands full. They have to keep a close eye on the gaming rooms to make sure that no one breaks the fairness of the games by implementing a cheating technique. This is because it happens quite regularly.

We have just had further evidence of this in Singapore. The surveillance team at Marina Bay Sands recently managed to foil an attempt to cheat at a baccarat table.

Information transmitted via cell phone

The case that interests us through today’s news took place on Friday, December 23. A Taiwanese player named Hung Jung-Hao, 27 years old, went to the Marina Bay Sands. But he wasn’t really looking for a good time.

Instead, he wanted to implement a cheating technique with the help of several accomplices.

Hung Jung-Hao transmitted data to his teammates outside the casino via his cell phone. The data was about the suits and values of the cards dealt by the dealer on the floor. The small group wanted to count the cards together in baccarat via an online chat room.

A special variant called 7 Up Baccarat

Since it was first developed in the 1960s, card counting has helped many a player make a fortune in blackjack. Normally, it is important to know that it is not effective in baccarat. However, there is one variant that it does work with. It is called 7 Up Baccarat.

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As the name suggests, the first card the players play in this version is always a 7. In fact, this card is printed right on the table. As a result, it can be interesting to follow the distribution of the cards to determine whether the cards remaining in the shoe are in favor of the player or the banker.

That’s exactly what our group of cheaters were planning to do. Unfortunately for them, the Marina Bay Sands security guards were quick to discover the fraud on the CCTV cameras.

Hung Jung-Hao was caught while he was still playing around the table. Then the police started to search for his accomplices. They think that there are still 6 other people to be arrested. 3 have been identified but have already fled the country. As for the other 3, they are still unknown.

On the legality of card counting

Some readers may be surprised that a card counter is called a cheat. The problem is that he did not act alone. He used his cell phone to be in contact with other people who helped him. This is precisely what is considered fraud.

In the true sense of the word, card counting is not cheating. It is therefore perfectly legal. Nevertheless, casinos do not like it when players take advantage of it. So, they still have a habit of kicking out players who use it.

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