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American Greed Episode 62: Blackjack Cheaters

Case File

Blackjack Cheaters

  • The Winning Hand
  • They begin as dealers working in unsuspecting casinos. Van Thu Tran and her husband Phuong Truong embark on a life of crime conning casinos out of millions. They perfect their scam at mini-baccarat and blackjack tables. The only question is: How much can they steal?
  • False Shuffle
  • It's an age-old card trick. Cheaters know the order of cards before they're dealt. Using this sleight of hand, corrupt dealers and players can make thousands of dollars in just minutes. The Trans bring the old cheat into the 21st century with hidden microphones and computer programs.
  • A Family Affair
  • From the beginning the cheat is a family affair. The Trans recruit relatives and other dealers often down on their luck. The team takes a big risk … their jobs, criminal prosecution and prison sentences. But the trick is so easy and Tran members ask: "Who are we really hurting?"
  • Operation Tran Wreck
  • Van and Phuong buy jewelry and flashy cars. In the Tran Organization the stolen money is kept at the top. Casino managers become suspicious. The FBI launches Operation Tran Wreck to catch the cheaters in action.
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    American Greed: Casino Scam

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  • American Greed: Casino Card Scam Tuesday, 29 May 2012 | 12:00 AM ET
    American Greed: Casino Card Scam

    See how the Tran Organization used an age old card trick that allowed cheaters to know the order of the cards.

  • American Greed: Mini Baccarrat Cheat Tuesday, 29 May 2012 | 12:00 AM ET
    American Greed: Mini Baccarrat Cheat

    See how the Tran Organization stole money from casinos by cheating at a game called Mini Baccarrat.

  • False Shuffle Tuesday, 20 Dec 2011 | 12:00 AM ET
    False Shuffle

    Casino security consultant George Joseph reveals how cheaters use a false shuffle to beat the house.

  • Tracking Cheaters Tuesday, 20 Dec 2011 | 12:00 AM ET
    Tracking Cheaters

    Casino security manager Doug Florence shows how cheaters are tracked at The M Resort in Las Vegas.

  • Truong Under Surveillance Tuesday, 20 Dec 2011 | 12:00 AM ET
    Truong Under Surveillance

    Watch more of Phuong Truong's interview with an undercover agent.

  • Phuong Truong's Plea Agreement Tuesday, 17 Apr 2012 | 9:08 AM ET
  • Tran Organization Indictment Tuesday, 17 Apr 2012 | 9:06 AM ET