MAD Mumblings MAD Mumblings
Extending MAD Magazine's presence on the World Wide Web.
 
Home :: Forum :: Gallery :: FAQ :: Search :: Memberlist :: Usergroups :: Register

Berlin police find radioactive iodine on playing cards

 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    MAD Mumblings Forum Index -> The Morning Trash Heap.
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
MinervaDoe
Forum Whore


Joined: 02 May 2006
Posts: 3041
Location: On the fence

PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 2:29 pm    Post subject: Berlin police find radioactive iodine on playing cards Reply with quote

Berlin police find radioactive iodine on playing cards
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-42157129

Quote:
Police raiding a Berlin restaurant have discovered playing cards which had been laced with a radioactive substance.
Detectives believe players could wear a hidden detector on their bodies allowing them to recognise certain cards, giving them an advantage.
The scheme was discovered when a routine check at a waste treatment facility uncovered an increased level of radioactivity in a rubbish truck.
Police managed to trace the vehicle to a restaurant in Berlin.
On raiding it, they found 13 playing cards laced with iodine-125, a substance used in medicine that has a half-life of 60 days. That means it stays radioactive for longer than most other types of radioactive iodine.
It's not clear what type of game the cards were being used for. The venue was not authorised for gambling.
The German authorities ordered the area to be sealed and cleaned, and say that there is no wider risk of contamination.
Presentational grey line
Other elaborate gambling cheats
In 2013, workers at a casino in France marked some cards with invisible ink, which Italian gambler Stefano Ampollini could see through infra-red contact lenses. He and two others were jailed and fined.
In 2004, a group of gamblers used a laser scanner to measure the speed of the ball on a roulette wheel and gauge which numbers were likely to come up. The trio won more than 1m ($1.8m) at the Ritz Casino in London and police told them they could keep their winnings.
In 1999, a South African casino discovered a scam whereby the country's only playing cards manufacturer had been subtly marking its cards to help gamblers in the know cheat their way to a fortune. Officials at Caesar's Casino in Johannesburg noticed their blackjack takings drop by 11% in three weeks and uncovered the cheat. They think information about the marked cards was sold to gamblers either for a flat fee or for commission on their winnings.

_________________
Groucho Marx wrote:
A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    MAD Mumblings Forum Index -> The Morning Trash Heap. All times are GMT - 5 Hours
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum
You cannot attach files in this forum
You can download files in this forum



Admin Contact: Webcrawler | phpBB 2.0.11
All forum comments are owned by whoever posted them. All images hotlinked or uploaded to this site are property of their respective owners.