06 Feb '11, 10pm

Bumbling Vegas bandit

LAS VEGAS - The scenes that led to the Bellagio bandit's downfall look less like Ocean's Eleven and more like America's Dumbest Criminals. He bragged about a big gambling score with high school buddies over rounds of shots in Colorado. He emailing pictures to a total stranger - dated and signed "Biker Bandit" with two US$25,000 ($31,865) Bellagio chips. He lost US$105,000 gambling at the scene of the crime in Las Vegas but cashed out nearly US$209,000, apparently hoping the casino would not notice. The deceptively simple burglary on Dec 14 had lit up the Internet, appealing to anyone who has had fantasies about pulling off a major score against a casino giant. But police say Anthony Carleo's shoddy plan after stealing US$1.5 million in chips unfolded like a badly played poker hand. "At one point I think he asked me, 'What do I do?'," said Mr Matthew Brooks, a poker enthusi...

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