Tucked into the beautiful Scandinavian landscape is the beautiful nation of Finland. With its majestic natural beauty, wonderful culture, and carefree social style, Finland is a great place for tourists to go on their annual family vacation. One of the best parts of Finland is its vibrant nightlife and great entertainment facilities, especially dance clubs, bars, and casinos. Finland’s casinos are great places to do some people watching, enjoy delicious finger foods, and make a little money, while having fun gambling. Finland has two major casinos that offer hundreds of gaming tables and great experiences for any tourist who comes through their doors.
In the Finnish capital city of Helsinki, there is a casino called the Grand Casino Helsinki that is a hot spot for the young professional crowd and groups of friends visiting from places near and far. For those who want to enjoy the nightlife from the Grand Casino, they can go to Lucky 7As, a sleek bar that attracts young people like moths to the flame. From the bar and the dining experience, visitors can go to the spacious 29,000 square foot gaming area. Gamblers can try their hand at the highly popular Texas Hold ‘Em poker or with a more classic game like blackjack and roulette. They can also step away from the gaming table to try their hand at one of the more than three hundred slot machines that can pay out big at any moment. For visitors in Helsinki, the Grand Casino is a nice distraction or place to waste some time after a long day of vacation tours.
Another Finnish city that has invested heavily in the future of Finland’s casinos is the Arkipelag Hotel and Gclub Casino in Mariehamn. This beautiful casino is an all-inclusive environment where tourists can stay at the beautiful hotel, dine in the fine Arkipelag restaurant, and then have some fun at the slot machine or the poker table. The three gaming tables and the cozy 1,600 square foot gaming area allow tourists to play roulette and blackjack only minutes away from their hotel room.
The Arkipelag Hotel and Casino and the Grand Casino Helsinki show the potential of Finland’s casino industry. While these casinos are more diminutive than competitors in other countries, they make up for it with great service, comfortable surroundings, and great locations near other Finnish hot spots. Visitors who are passing through Mariehamn or Helsinki should consider adding these Finnish casinos to their itinerary when planning a trip.
The regular way of winning at the casino was not good enough, so this man tried something different as he wanted a sure thing and was quite successful for a while. His name is Louis B. Colavecchio, also known as “The Coin”, 64 year old Colavecchio is a well known organized crime associate. He researched means and ways of producing similar counterfeits of various slot machine coins in various casinos. The tokens he and his gang created ranged from $5 all the way up to $100.
Some of the casinos he victimized were Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, both these casinos are located in the heart of Connecticut. However he also forged coins at places such as the world famous Trump Marina Casino, Atlantic City Hilton, the Trump Plaza Casino, Sands Casino, Taj Mahal Resort and Caesar’s Palace Casino.
To forge the coins, Colavecchio took the coins from the aforementioned casinos and would then make accurate rubber molds where the coins would be duplicated after specific chemical procedures took place. To complete the involved task he utilized the services of expert chemists. The chemists had the complicated task in determining what the original coins were made of which had a major impact in the correct operation of the fake coins. Colavecchio distribute the counterfeit tokens to other well known associates who would in turn also use these coins in the casinos.
Its not only the players that get a casino bonus, in this case the casino received a bonus of coins, this surplus of coins from their slot machines led to suspicion that something fishy was going on. The cases were reported to the FBI and the agency initiates an operation to trap Colavecchio and his gang. The operation ended in a success which led to the capture and arrest of “The Coin” Colavecchio.
The 64 year old suspect faces various charges which include ten counts of forgery, counterfeiting and of course, alteration of the casinos trademark. Colavecchio was released after paying $25, 000 worth of surety bond. A Providence district court granted him temporary freedom after he appeared in court.
This could not happen at a online casino, so forgers would have to stick to the land based casinos however watch out for the security camera’s and the FBI, they will eventually catch you.