Bingo scammer “acted alone”
By Paul
A GameTech software engineer acted alone when he rigged some of his company's bingo card minders to illegally win $28,000 at casino bingo halls, Nevada gaming officials concluded.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board recently concluded a three-month investigation into a bingo fraud that led several casino properties to temporarily halt use of the GameTech electronic systems.

Station Casinos announced last week that the six bingo halls where cheating occurred have resumed using the electronic bingo units.

Nevada Gaming Control Board officials believe GameTech software engineer Brett Keeton acted alone, allegedly using his expertise to rig some of his company's bingo card minders so he could illegally win $28,108.

Keeton committed suicide on Sept. 20, one day after control board investigators discovered the fraud after he played bingo at Texas Station.

'Our investigation is concluded, and we believe (Keeton) acted alone,' control board Chairman Dennis Neilander said. 'GameTech and Station cooperated fully to help us unravel what he did.'

Keeton's alleged cheating method required him to physically tamper with the GameTech stand-alone bingo card minders, called GTIs, devices that allow players to watch television while simultaneously playing dozens of bingo cards at a time.

'He was able to grant himself many more bingo cards than he paid for, dramatically increasing his chances of winning,' Neilander said.

The engineer apparently rigged the software to give him as many as 1,000 bingo cards at a time. The cheating method had no effect on which bingo balls were drawn, but would have multiplied his chances of winning.

Keeton passed on big jackpots, only claiming prizes of less than $1,200 to avoid having to provide identification, he said.

'He wouldn't claim a bingo if it was more than $1,200, which would necessitate providing ID and filling out (an Internal Revenue Service form) W-2G.

In an effort to make whole the bingo players who presumably lost smaller jackpots they otherwise would have won, Station Casinos and GameTech added $28,000 to November bingo jackpots.

They also plan to add another $20,000 by supplementing regular jackpots during two January weekends.

'We're pleased to be able to add the money to make our progressive bingo game even more appealing,' Station Casinos Chief Operating Officer Steve Cavallaro said Tuesday.

Neilander said he didn't anticipate that GameTech or Station Casinos would face disciplinary action, noting that neither apparently broke state rules and that both companies fully cooperated with the investigation.

'As far as we can tell, this is a case of one bad actor, and he's dead,' the chairman said.

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