Casino Bellagio, located in Las Vegas, not only hosts prestigious poker events, but also attracts thieves. The casino was robbed in the wee hours of the morning by an armed motorcyclist, who filled his bag with chips worth $100 – $25,000 within just 2 – 3 minutes, before fleeing the scene with chips worth $1.5 million.
Las Vegas has witnessed around 10 such robberies this year; and police are sure that the same person also stole $20,000 at Suncoast on Dec 8, 2009. David Schwartz, the game research director at the Nevada University, said that exchanging chips for real money is not that easy; moreover, the casino will strengthen its security system to prevent future robberies. The police, however, feel that this is an insider job, which will make it easy for the culprits to exchange chips for real money.
According to a New York Post report, the thief arrived at the Las Vegas Bellagio Hotel and Casino at 4 a.m., went to a Craps table and grabbed a large number of chips and plenty of cash. The casino later reported that chips worth $1.5 million have been stolen although it still does not know the exact amount of cash missing.
A 12-second video clipping of the thief leaving the casino is available for public viewing. As seen in this video, the burglar is wearing a helmet that covers his entire face, black jacket, black gloves, and black pants. Eye witnesses report that he entered the casino through its north entrance near Flamingo Road and went out the same way. He was last observed speeding along Flamingo Road in a westward direction. Apparently, the thief is a white male around 5’ 10” in height
A spokesperson of MGM Resorts International, which owns the Bellagio Casino, said that the chips will have to be cashed sooner or later; and since the authorities will be screening everybody who attempts to cash high-value chips, the thief will find it very difficult to do so.
Throughout the incident, the gamblers at surrounding tables continued to play undeterred, obviously believing that the robbery was part of the entertainment provided at the casino.
Next January, Bellagio will be running another poker event, which means that it will tighten its security system although the incident has not stopped many gamblers from wondering if online gambling isn’t safer. Those who know anything about the incident are requested to either visit CrimeStoppersOfNV.com or call 702-385-5555.

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