Decade’s old Bingo cheating story still unsolved

innerscam09032015You don’t hear too many cases of people cheating at Bingo. The game is a lot different than other casino games. Bingo games typically have frequent winners, but the size of the prizes are much smaller than they would be at other casino games like progressive slots. Those games pump out fewer winners over time, but the scores are much higher.

Bingo also pits player vs. player while slots and other casino games pits players against the house. The allure of beating the house has prompted people to try and cheat the house while avoiding cheating out other players.

But there is one Bingo cheating story that happened almost a decade and a half ago. And that story is still unsolved.

Brett Keeton was a programmer who worked for a company called GameTech. Back in 2002, they made what’s called a minder. It’s an electronic system that keeps track of the numbers which are called during a Bingo game for players. The minders are in lieu of bingo cars. There are two types of minders. One of them requires players to enter a number of the machine while the others automatically populate.

While in Vegas, Keeton was noticed playing strangely in a Bingo game. He returned home to Reno, showed up for work, and killed himself in San Francisco by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge.

Investigators found that Keeton rigged the system to feed him extra cards while only paying for one single session.

While investigators know what happened, it’s often referred to as an unsolved case because it just doesn’t make sense. Bingo is a game that hands out small but frequent rewards. Why would a computer programmer rig the system to pull in such infinitesimal and insignificant wins? His talent could be better spent rigging other games.

Some speculate that the program might have been testing the waters. If he could get away with a small victory unnoticed, perhaps he could rig other systems and win even more money elsewhere.

Others speculate that perhaps Keeton made an error, unintentionally, and was upset about being caught for something he didn’t do, afraid that facing the wrath of the gaming authorities would ultimately ruin his career — and quite possibly his life.

To this day, we won’t know what really happened, or if other programmers were involved. And while the story is from back in 2002 before online Bingo was really a thing, it’s worth talking about. After all, how can you be sure that the Bingo games you’re playing online haven’t been rigged? After all, they’re electronic.

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