The safest place in town

This week I am working in a casino.  It’s something of a departure from my usual training routine, in that I do most of the training late at night (I have to work when the casino staff are working, and most of them are on duty from 8pm onwards) and everyone attending my training is in evening dress (DJs for the men and elegant long frocks for the women – well, you’ve seen the Bond films).  I tell you, it’s certainly raised my expectations when it comes to delegate outfits – you’re all going to have to up your game.

But frivolities aside (that said, I do enjoy working in a room with three amazing chandeliers, furniture with fancy gold legs and an en suite loo bigger than my lounge at home…), I have of course had to tailor my training to the needs of a physical casino (as opposed to the online ones).  Gratifyingly, several of the case studies I truffled out featured people who had actually visited my client’s casino, which makes the money laundering dangers all the more real and immediate.  And I did quite a bit of research into why criminals like casinos so much, above and beyond their potential use for laundering.  It turns out that, like me, they’re fond of a chandelier, a finely-turned chair leg and a spacious loo.  But something that I had not considered until I did my reading around the subject was the significance (and attraction) of casino security systems.

As I come to work, I can’t just walk into this casino.  I am greeted by a doorman who checks a list and then buzzes me in and calls ahead to the reception desk.  Between the front door and the reception there are no side exits or places to hide, but plenty of (discreet) cameras.  At reception, I am checked again, and then escorted to my training room.  Again, more cameras (note to self: stop hitching up your tights when you think no-one can see you, because they can).  So it’s fair to say that security is tight at this place.  And for criminals, that is a godsend.  Successful criminals live in fear of being attacked, robbed, kidnapped, bumped off or merely overheard.  And by meeting in casinos they can guard against all of that – and on someone else’s dollar.  The casino pays for top-level security, and the criminal rests easy.  Quite literally, I should imagine, given that my training room has several supremely comfy sofas with vast collections of cushions.

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2 Responses to The safest place in town

  1. Sirr Duende says:

    I too work in a casino. Yes, chandeliers, creature comforts, etc. But I highly doubt your assertion that criminals meet here to discuss their activity. Along with cameras, many a surveillance system employs audible potential, being able to listen in on conversations as well as see them. This is not a closely held secret, therefore it seems unlikely that (half-witted) criminals would run the risk of a captured conversation.
    –Your post could have mentioned casino money laundering typologies, links to international bodies such as the FATF 2009 report, and UK and US casinos money laundering compliance best practices, such as AGAs (http://www.americangaming.org/sites/default/files/aga-best-practices-re-aml-compliance-122014.pdf)
    I also hate money laundering! Keep up the good work…

    • Hello Sirr Duende, and welcome to the blog. Ah, that audible recording is interesting – the place where I was working did not mention that, although of course they have video recording. So perhaps criminals are aware of which casinos use which systems – and surely there are ways of communicating non-verbally, or in code? After all, criminals have been used to dealing with phone taps and surveillance for decades. I could have mentioned the other links, but you have done it for me, so thank you for that!
      Best wishes from Susan

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