Not only was Van Thu Tran the hottest, prettiest face among 44 cheaters in the Tran Organization arrested within the United States and Canada recently, she was also one of the founders.
What did she do? Coax or corrupt male blackjack card game dealers at casinos selected by the organization.
The Tran organization was a family endeavor which spanned three generations, suckering casinos on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border, utilizing advanced scouts to monitor casino security before the highly trained members used sophisticated methods, including a false shuffle, to cheat the casinos.
At one point, the group would collect an average $50,000 for every 10 minutes of “wagering” at a blackjack or baccarat table. Once, they took $868,000 in just 90 minutes at a Chicago-area casino.
In 2003, the Tran Organization flimflammed Casino Rama alone for over $2 million. Other noteworthy hits include the Harrah’s Casino in Lake Charles, Monte Carlo Resort in Las Vegas, and Trump Casino 29 in California. The FBI and casino officials disagree whether the total take was just $7 million or closer to $20 million.
To date, forty-two other men have pled guilty for participating in the international conspiracy, also charged with stealing casino funds and membership in an unlawful enterprise, and already some blackjack dealers have been put behind bars.
Known members of the Tran Organization have been banned from Canadian casinos, and (perhaps not surprisingly), none have been spotted at the casinos since their confederates were arrested.
Last month, this the founder of the group confessed that the Tran Organization was created by Phuong Quoc Truong (her common law husband), Tai Khiem Tran (her brother), and herself specifically to cheat blackjack casinos transversing North America.
Now she remains in San Diego awaiting sentencing in court on April 11th.
A prison sentence and a heavy fine likely await.