Gamblers convicted of roulette cheating


A court in Hamilton convicted Xiao Dong Lu and Zhou Zhao of colluding with a rapid roulette dealer to cheat the SkyCity Hamilton casino of more than NZ$7,000 ($5,560). Dealer Bo Du was sentenced earlier to nine months’ home detention and reparation of NZ$20,000 for allowing Lu and Zhao to place bets after the roulette ball had already dropped into the winning number slot. Du had circumvented the electronic cut off for final bets by releasing the roulette ball early after Lu allegedly approached her about co-operating. Lu and Zhao denied the charges, but will be sentenced on July 29.