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Monday, December 20, 2010

Casino Columbo

Last week on my Final Table poker radio show, we talked about the heist at the Bellagio in which an armed man in a motorcycle helmet got away with $1.5 million in chips -- not from the poker room but from the pit where the table games are. We wondered how a guy was allowed to walk through the casino wearing the helmet the whole time, and how he would cash in the high-denomination chips, which almost certainly have RFID tags embedded in them.

Mark Evanier has another take on the heist. He sees it akin to the plot of one of those mystery shows Universal produced for NBC in the 1970s, like "Banacek," "Ellery Queen," or "Columbo." Here's his plot for that episode.