How a pair of gamblers exploited a computer bug and lost

Have you ever found a computer bug in an app that drives you crazy? Maybe it leads to your smartphone crashing. Maybe it causes a game you’re playing to freeze up. Maybe the graphics get a bit pixelated until you perform another action. Whatever the bug is, it’s probably a nuisance.

But what if you discovered a bug in a piece of casino software? And what if that bug could make you filthy rich?

It happened to John Kane and Andre Nestor, who discovered a bug in a land-based casino game called The Game King. After realizing that pushing a few buttons in a certain sequence allowed them to change their bet amount between landing a win and getting paid out, they exploited the bug and attempted to make a killing.

innercheaters20102014Essentially the two could bet $0.01 on a game and land a big win. But before being paid out, they could alter their bet to the max, so a $0.01 game could yield payouts as though they had bet the max.

The bug was so foolproof that if you wanted to win $500,000 in a single day, it was completely possible. Except the two weren’t stupid enough to do that. But they weren’t smart enough to not get caught.

After raking in hundreds of thousands, the feds began to take notice. You see, every jackpot that’s popped in a casino gets reported to the IRS. So, as a side note, if you hit it big, make sure you tell Uncle Sam. If you try and hide your winnings on your taxes, he’ll know.

The two realized that they’d have to pay taxes, which led Nestor to hold onto the pair’s winnings until after they filed their taxes. After all, to hand over money and then owe a lot come April could leave Nestor with barely enough money.

That ultimately led Kane to play solo. He started hitting casinos by himself and ultimately amassed half a million by cheating at The Game King.

Authorities eventually caught up to him and shut down the entire operation. And we’re not talking about local police. We’re talking about the FBI and Department of Justice.

Do you think that this is cheating? After all, the two didn’t alter the technology of the game. They just discovered a player edge that the house didn’t know about. Chime in by tweeting this article or commenting below.

Erik Blackwell

Erik Blackwell is a 'bon vivant' with a problematic addiction to comics and fondue. Went to MIT but finally left to pursue acting. He currently lives in sunny California with an American Stafford-shire Terrier and an American Bulldog that somehow managed to get along. He's dabbled in acting but doesn't like the spotlight. Loves to play casino online.