Sajid Rashid, Qamar Hussain, and Zahidul Haque Khan jailed in Monaco Uk casino.
British gambling trio won £2.7million in a year-long roulette chip scam
They only have to pay back 850,000 euros - £624,000 - of their winnings
They have been sentenced to between 18 months and three years in prison
Published: 10:58 BST, 22 December 2015 | Updated: 11:28 BST, 22 December 2015
Three British men have been jailed in Monaco after they managed to earn £2.7million in a roulette scam that even left local authorities reluctantly impressed.
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Sajid Rashid, Qamar Hussain and Zahidul Haque Khan, all British nationals, have been sentenced to between 18 months and three years in prison following a year-long casino scam.
However, despite their prison sentences, the gambling trio only have to pay back £624,000 of their ill-gotten gains, walking away with more than £2million.
The three 'professional gamblers' scammed the famous Grand Casino of Monte Carlo for over a year.
The trio allegedly used fake tokens, available to buy for ten euros, which looked exactly like the Monte Carlo casino's 1,000 euro chips.
From April 2014 to June 2015, the three men won 3.66 million euros - almost £2.7million - at the roulettes.
Their gambling scam was so successful that the Grand Casino of Monte Carlo started putting them up for free and offering them food on the house when they entered the venue.
The three men have only admitted to some of the charges, and told the Monaco court they have been 'addicted' to gambling from an early age.
Sajid Rashid, 49, born in Pakistan, was described as 'the brains of the operation' by prosecutor Alexia Brianti.
Rashid, who has allegedly operated under 28 different aliases is already banned for life from casinos in London and has a previous gambling-related conviction in the UK.
He partnered up with fellow Brit Qamar Hussain, 26, and Zahidul Haque Khan, 45, who reportedly joined the scam at a later date, and has continued to deny any wrongdoing.
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'These gentlemen were very good,' said Christian Ollier, head of the Gaming Control Service of the Government of Monaco/
He added that the Société des bains de mer de Monaco (SBM), the company which owns all of Monaco's casinos, had been 'negligent' in the case of the three Brits.