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Alleged West Belco smack ring laundering through the casino

By johnboy 28 November 2008 44

The Canberra Times has an interesting story on Trong Ruyen Bui (40, of Charnwood with no visible means of support) who was in court yesterday after allegedly being found with 40g of heroin, a hefty chunk of cash and three mobile phones.

If you ever wondered how the casino survives this bit explains it:

    The ACT Magistrates Court heard that police inquiries with the casino found Trong Ruyen Bui, who has no job and receives no welfare payments, had cashed out more then $1.5 million from the gambling venue in the past 12 months $880,000 since August and that Van Gieng Bui, who receives $440 a fortnight from Centrelink, had cashed out $140,000.

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Granny 9:41 pm 30 Nov 08

I can get flashing lights, rolling wheels and pleasurable music from my kids’ baby toys! It is kind of cool ….

*heh heh*

Skidbladnir 8:27 pm 30 Nov 08

Pokies are not ‘gambling’ machines, they are ‘gaming’ machines.
Known as “entertainment with prize” to those who build them, because they are so extensively and blatantly fixed in the license-holder’s favour.

The flashing lights, (simulated) rolling wheels, and pleasurable music are what people pay for (according to the makers), and the (false) belief in having a fair chance of winning more than is put in, or breaking even, is what keeps the punters/pensioners coming back.
As we’re on the topic of laundering money, considering the odds, return, and ACT legislation that winnings over $1000 are by cheque alone and into a personal account, you would have to be certifiably mad to the pokies as a launder.

shauno 7:41 pm 30 Nov 08

Like credit card interest rates the Pokies are one of life’s biggest rip offs and a fantastic jackpot for anyone or organization lucky to own one. And the labour party just happens to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the great pokie pensioner swindle.

Up at Jupiters on the Gold Coast its truly sad to watch the pensioners put their money through the machines at a return of 87% or there about. And right next to them is Black Jack with the best odds in the Casino at around 98.5% return to the player as long as the player plays by the book and isn’t pissed lol. As far as I’m concerned if they’re going to have Pokies make the odds better up around 97% or so.

cranky 6:33 pm 30 Nov 08

Had a giggle a couple of weeks ago when the Teev was showing pensioners having a grizzle about the amount they received.

One was a Mawson Club pokie stalwart, who never seems to do any good, and can often be seen cruising the machines for a coin or two left in the tray.

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