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Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Stupid people can hurt

An armed man stole at least $1.5m (£950,000) in casino chips from a craps table at the Bellagio resort in Las Vegas before escaping on a motorcycle, police have said.  The suspect entered the casino at 0350 local time wearing a motorcycle helmet and walked directly to the table. The incident at the Bellagio was the 10th casino robbery in Las Vegas this year.

Except, hold on.  The chips are not real currency and at a cost of less than $1.5m the casino can replace them so assuming there aren't too many punters carrying the old chps around in their pockets, the replacement shouldn't cause any great disruption.

So essentially somebody has walked into a casino with a bigweapon and walked out with a sack of worthless plastic.  Presumably if he hadn't been given the dud tokens he might have used the weapon. A smarter thief would have gone for the cash in the casino, except that there are probably very stromg measures to protect the cash, but not the chips.  It is not too hard to figure out why.

Well, maybe not for all of us.

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