Players caught on CCTV snatching chips

Gunawan Akay, 39, pleaded guilty to stealing 25 chips worth $5000 each, from a baccarat table in the exclusive maple room on December 23, before escaping in a taxi.

The pure offence was committed, in his despair, his attorney Kristina Kothrakis the Melbourne County Court said on Friday.

“How this could ever work, is incredible,” she said. The court heard Akay lost the most chips and the during his escape, none of them, been restored.

“When he came home, he saw he only had three chips left”, ” Ms Kothrakis. “He came home and felt absolutely sick about what he had done, and the next day he threw it away.”

Judge Claire Quin said:”Twenty-two chips, $5000 chips, and I understand they are a reasonable size and you just disappeared?” “Yes,” Ms Kothrakis said.

He didn’t have the time, Akay income and place of residence. He and his girlfriend had just served an eviction notice due to late rent, and lost an apartment in a bad investment.

After a first visit to the casino in the year 2011, he got a “false impression” he could multiply the money he obtained on credit to pay for the apartment, Ms Kothrakis said.

In the month before the theft, he was approached by employees of a crown Gold Rewards member free Parking and vouchers, which he accepted. On the day of the theft, he argued with his girlfriend about to lose more money when he saw an opportunity, a number of casino chips, to solve his problems.

“He grabbed a handful and ran,” Ms Kothrakis said.

But his foolish plan was doomed to fail, with his wrest, and the escape caught on CCTV.

The court heard Akay arrived in Australia in the year 1997 after growing up poor in a small Indonesian village.

He spent years living with other families, where he would do the house work in exchange for accommodation.

Ms Kothrakis said his crime was at the “lower end” of the scale because of his confession and the lack of a criminal record.

Akay was ashamed and had not gambled since the day of the crime. “It is a situation, which he regretted since the moment it happened,” she said.

Prosecutor Adrian Trotman said the offending was brazen, and there was no attempt to compensate for, the casino.

Akay, South Yarra, will be assessed for a community that correction, and will be sentenced on Wednesday.