High roller pleads guilty to stealing gambling chips from Crown
casino theft, Crown Melbourne, Gunawan Akay.
Posted on 22 March 2017 by "T".
A high roller who's on a losing streak pleaded guilty yesterday to blatantly stealing $125,000 worth of gambling chips from Crown Casino's exclusive Maple Room and quickly ran off.
Gunawan Akay, age 38, a casino regular, had pleaded guilty to one charge of theft (from the casino which occurred last December) at the Melbourne Magistrates' Court.
Akay, who is in Australia on a visa, refused to make a comment after he made the guilty plea, and his lawyer is trying to ensure that detailed portions of the prosecution case are withheld from the public eye.
The theft was captured via CCTV footage, which a court has previously heard is of ‘high quality'.
Akay was brought to court in December, when documents released by the court stated he stole 25 pieces of $5,000 chips.
Some of these chips may have been dropped as Akay bolted towards the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on his way to his house located at Caroline Springs. A baccarat dealer quickly noticed the brazen theft and attempted to alert security, but Akay managed to evade casino staff and left with his haul.
Insider source says Akay is a gold-class member at the said casino, but unfortunately lost thousands of dollars in the exclusive Maple Room prior to the alleged theft incident.
The casino immediately identified him via CCTV surveillance footage and his membership. He was arrested and charged four days later, when he agreed to meet a detective from the Melbourne Criminal Investigation Unit.
Akay was banned from the casino.
He will reappear for a plea hearing at the County Court scheduled in July.
19 comments for "High roller pleads guilty to stealing gambling chips from Crown"
| doubletop777||22/03/2017 10:12:44 GMT|
| It must be really tempting to steal these chips when there is so much money at stake. How he got his hands on 25 $5,000 chips is beyond me and they must look at their security|
| DaCapo71||22/03/2017 10:39:51 GMT|
| Lol what a crazy guy, he had a bad run in the casino and thought, he can run away with the chips But he can´t use the chips... perhaps he had the plan to sell the chips? Whatever, it seems that he was bankrupt...|
| bowie1984||22/03/2017 11:51:14 GMT|
| He probably just took it from a closed table, it's not that hard to do especially if the floor/table managers or security are not up to the task they were hired to do...|
Gold member. He should have been more careful with his money in the first place...
| Gerimantas||22/03/2017 12:52:00 GMT|
| This was all emotions I think, this guy just lost some big money, maybe money that was borrowed, maybe just last money and lost his mind, somdecided tomtake money that is not his when saw this chance and dad even think about the cameras that are always in the casinos|
| Mober||22/03/2017 21:49:24 GMT|
| The high roller in this case was a high loser.|
If you have problem losing the money in the first place, why gambling it away.
But if there werent players that him, the casinos wouldnt make millions after all
| pajalnick||22/03/2017 23:55:11 GMT|
| The news is certainly interesting and once again I'm convinced that after a bad game, the losers have a clouding of understanding ..... there are a lot of cameras in the casino and everyone knows it but once again there is a crime and a punishment|
| pochui||23/03/2017 11:13:05 GMT|
| come on dudes, he was a high roller @the casino, this means that he was gambling big time, and by the looks of things, losing big time as well. whats the points in banning him from the casino he brings in almost guaranteed income... sure you can spank him on the arse and order to return the stolen chips, but no more than that...|
| Odysseus101||23/03/2017 14:43:52 GMT|
| At first I thought "what an idiot", but as has been observed here, what kind of casino leaves valuable chips out in the open to be stolen? The room manager should be fired for that for sure. |
| Tony_MON7ANA||25/03/2017 08:55:07 GMT|
| The article does not mention what type of visa Gunawan Akay holds and his current immigration status in Australia. He could face a deportation after conviction. No more lavish lifestyle. His life is totally f**ked.|
| damosk||25/03/2017 11:50:08 GMT|
| What a way to live ya life. Being a high roller and allegedly pinching chips! Pinching deep fat fried potato chips is one thing, and I don't mean crisps, I mean what you guys may call French Fries, but substantial sized French fries (chips) that are worthy of the name chips, just cos they smell so nice doused with salt and vinegar!|
| pochui||25/03/2017 18:10:13 GMT|
| i think a thorough investigation must be undertaken in order to provide the answer on how did mr Gunawant Okay became a high roller, maybe he stated his career by stealing some chips in other casinos and then just hit a winning streak, or maybe he was a high roller at this articular casino only because he was always high and rolling under the tables? we must know the answers.|
| Gerimantas||25/03/2017 22:14:36 GMT|
| Ha ha ha pochui you are funny person, I like reading your texts, hihg roller because rolling under the tables I actually saw such high roller in my life and not even one, when i with friend go to casino on weekends, we see many drink players, some of them do drunk that they fall from chair and stau under the table until security takes them away and call taxi|
| Mober||25/03/2017 23:04:58 GMT|
| The manage cant handle everything, especially when casino is packed with people.|
Who to watch first?
That why they have all the security cameras running 24/7.
To watch everyone, including their staff.
| pajalnick||26/03/2017 00:01:48 GMT|
| In any case, this man committed the most insane action in his life (probably) ... maybe he was drunk when he was doing this madness, he also knew perfectly well that he would be caught and after that his life would change for the worse .... or he There was a clouding of reason|
| bowie1984||26/03/2017 02:38:01 GMT|
| There was a good section in the Scorsese's movie Casino where Bobby De Niro mentions that in the casino everyone was being watched. The table managers were being watched by the floor managers who were being watched by the casino manager etc. And everybody watched the players.|
| Robbo1990||26/03/2017 08:25:45 GMT|
| as it says, he made bolt for it. suprised he was caught quick - or maybe after he was like 'fuck what have i done' and waited for them instead of leaving while he could. definitely a brain explosion at the time. |
| Heskor||26/03/2017 09:49:21 GMT|
| Yeah how he does it suggest that there might be a lack of security somewhere along the casino or this might just be a coincidence and that he has stolen the money on pure opportunity, that is the opportunity presented itself and he took it and all anyway bad for him, reputation has been lost and he wont he able to recover that in his life time he will always be known as the man who stole now , such a sad way to lose your name!|
| Robbo1990||26/03/2017 13:38:57 GMT|
Posted by Heskor:
Yeah how he does it suggest that there might be a lack of security somewhere along the casino or this might just be a coincidence and that he has stolen the money on pure opportunity, that is the opportunity presented itself and he took it and all anyway bad for him, reputation has been lost and he wont he able to recover that in his life time he will always be known as the man who stole now , such a sad way to lose your name!
dont know where hes from - his lawyer is doing well to hide personal details - so he can leave and maybe no1 will know him, or change his id. if this was just a hot moment then we shall never hear of this man again
| pochui||26/03/2017 19:29:31 GMT|
| well gerimantas dude, i wonder what sort of casinos are you visiting, since you come from lithuania just like once was i before moving to north korea, so i probably been rolling in many of them, but i personally haven't seen many high rollers rolling under the tables in any of the lithuanian casinos i have visited.|
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