A Birmingham man has received a suspended jail sentence for his role in a gang of card sharps, who targeted casinos across the country have been jailed.
Anthony Lopez, 42, Danny Ngo, 33, from Perry Barr, and Robert Evans, 36, used false identities to trick their way into casinos and cheat at roulette.
The trio were sentenced at a hearing at London's Southwark Crown Court.
Police said thousands of pounds had been made through the trio's scam known as "top hatting". This involves secretly placing a chip on to the winning number while distracting staff monitoring the game.
Ringleader Lopez, of Wimbledon in south-west London, also wrote a manual for the other card sharps with instructions on how to carry out the top hatting cheat and obtain false identification papers.
Police monitored the gang operating at branches of Gala Casino in London and Stockport but believe other casinos across the country were duped by the tricksters.
Lopez, a landlord, pleaded guilty to three offences under the Fraud Act 2006, eight offences against the Identity Cards Act 2006 and three counts of possession with intent to supply crack cocaine. He was jailed for a total of three-and-half years.
Unemployed Ngo, of Birchfield Road, Perry Barr, pleaded guilty to four offences under the Fraud Act 2006 and two against the Identity Cards Act 2006. He was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment, suspended for two years.
Evans, a tutor, of Broadlea Road, Burnage, Manchester, pleaded guilty to three offences under the Identity Cards Act 2006. He was sentenced to 48 weeks imprisonment, suspended for two years.