The Grand Lisboa has been named in a Macau court as the casino that lost more than HK$24m ($3m) in March 2011 in a shuffling machine scam.
The flagship property of SJM Holdings, the leader of Macau's gambling market by revenue, was targeted by a gang of mainland Chinese on March 28 last year. The gang's shuffler-swapping scam was first detected in January 2011 at SJM satellite casino Le Royal Arc, the Court of First Instance heard on Wednesday last week. One suspect captured in the Grand Lisboa's surveillance footage was alleged to have swapped a machine at the feet of a distracted dealer.
The machines had been fitted with small cameras and infrared transmitters and were swapped with genuine machines on baccarat tables while dealers and other staff were distracted, the court was told. The card shufflers belong to a competitor of Shuffle Master.