Posts Tagged ‘casino robbery’

Casino Robbed in Switzerland

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

So you’re at the blackjack table making some money, having a good time. You’re not bothering anybody and nobody’s bothering you. The whole table is enjoying themselves when all of the sudden your blackjack game is interrupted by 10 men armed with machine guns.

It can happen. It did happen this week at a casino in Switzerland. Early Sunday morning then men arrived dressed in black clothes and ski masks, split into groups and raided the Grand Casino Basel. They were unable to break into the vault, but one group did rob the cashiers of unsecured money. Meanwhile, another group raided the blackjack and roulette tables, taking money from the dealers and players.

As the thieves were leaving the casino, a woman unknowingly parked in front of the getaway car. The robbers then shot into her car, dragged her out and beat her. The thieves then are believed to have escaped into bordering France. Aside from the woman pulled from the car, there were no serious injuries reported, though several casino patrons were reportedly hit or kicked during the robbery.

It was a horrific experience for those involved and the type everyone would like to avoid. That is why I have pointed out before that safety is another benefit of playing online blackjack rather than visiting a brick and mortar casino. Though casinos are generally considered safe, incidents like this have been known to happen. Though they may not get robbed as often as a gas station or a jewelry store, casinos are obvious targets for crimes like these because of the large amount of money involved.

I would never say that it’s unsafe to visit a brick and mortar casino, but I do think if you’re worried about such a thing, you may be better off playing at home. Sure, home invasions happen as well, but if it happens it won’t be a result of playing blackjack. Therefore, playing blackjack is safer online.

Safety: Another Advantage of Playing Online

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

In the past, I have discussed some of the advantages of gambling online rather than in a brick and mortar casino. However, there is one benefit that had never occurred to me until now. You don’t have to worry about being robbed.

Online casinos, of course, have the risk of someone hacking into your account and stealing from you that way, but that’s not what I mean. Besides, reputable online casinos have safety measures in place to prevent that kind of thing. What I mean is some guy sticking a gun in your face and demanding you hand over your money.

That exact situation occurred in a south Florida casino last month. On January 29, 2010, a man identified as Dominic Zibuda walked into a Seminole casino, brandished a gun, and took money from a casino employee. He then fled with the thousands of dollars. Though no one was hurt and no casino customers were robbed, the event has certainly made an impact. Since that date, that casino and others in the area have reported a sharp decline in attendance and revenue. Many insiders believe that there is a direct relation between that two: that people are worried about their safety in the casino and have decided instead to stay home.

The south Florida casino robbery did not have a happy ending. After the authorities were tipped off to the robber’s identity, a SWAT operation at Zibuda’s house ended with the suspect turning his gun on himself and committing suicide.

It’s a sad ending to the story, but it brings up a question. Where do you feel safer, in your own home or in a casino with millions of dollars sitting around? Now, I don’t believe that the casinos are unsafe. I think you’re just as safe, if not more so, in a casino as in a bank or convenience store and people keep going to those. However, if you do your gambling online you can stay in a locked home and keep a loaded gun handy, just in case someone should decide to break in. You don’t have that option at a brick and mortar casino.