(London Telegraph) An Italian has been sentenced to two years in prison after using infra-red contact lenses to count cards marked with invisible ink, in a daring poker scam believed to be “the first of its kind in Europe”.

The self-styled “player and cheat of international renown” impressed even the presiding judge for his sophisticated use of “old techniques and high-end technology” to win thousands of pounds at a casino in the French Côte d’Azur resort of Cannes.

The court in Grasse heard how Stefano Ampollini, 56 – code name Parmesan – turned up to “Les Princes” casino in the Mediterranean resort in August 2011, wearing a set of infra-red contact lenses purchased online from China for 2,000 euros.

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