State police unit watches for cheaters at Twin River
LINCOLN, R.I. —
The sound of the slots and the clanking of the chips adds to the excitement at Twin River Casino. But when you pull up a chair, know the house and the police are watching.
By teaming up with police, the casino has arrested more than a dozen suspected cheaters.
"The surveillance department is the eyes in the sky," said Lt. John Flaherty of the state police Gaming Enforcement Unit. "Everywhere you go throughout the building there are cameras throughout the building, especially on the table games.
He said the extra eyes and the casino's intense security system help them catch crooks. Many of the cameras are focused on the 66 new table games.
The room where all that video is kept and constantly monitored is hidden from view. However, they see everything and helped catch at least 16 possible table game cheaters in the past five months.
"Everyone that we've arrested we can show that they understand the game and they've been doing this here and other casinos," Flaherty said. "It's a conscious decision that they made. Maybe they don't know what the end result is, but unfortunately they're finding out."
The most recent arrest was in September. Jamil Taban of North Attleborough is accused of placing a wager with knowledge of the outcome. If found guilty, he could face 10 years in prison or up to a $100,000 fine.
With stakes that high, why cheat?
"Greed," Flaherty said. "I think that's the answer."
When greed leads you to place more on sleight of hand than luck -- instead of the big win -- you could end up in the big house.