The Bellagio vault robbed by Danny Ocean and crew is presented to Terry via a faked video. Terry realizes the fake later on when he realizes that the vault floor in the tape does not have the word "Bellagio" on it. He says

"Does it say 'Bellagio' on the vault floor?"
We had it installed Tuesday. The images we saw of those men robbing us was a tape.

If the crew had been staking out the casino, wouldn't they have seen workmen coming in and out? Replacing a floor is not a simple thing. There doesn't seem to be any mention of their awareness that the vault floor was changed, though one might think that that would scuttle their plans as it would be an obvious tip-off to someone paying attention to the taped version -- and they expected Terry to watch.

Did they know the floor would betray them? Were they counting on that, or did they just get lucky that Terry didn't notice the difference sooner? Did they account for the presence of workmen when scoping out the date and the access to the vault?

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    "If the crew had been staking out the casino wouldn't they have seen workmen coming in and out?" - But would they have known what the workmen were doing?
    – Paulie_D
    Dec 9, 2020 at 20:42
  • @Paulie_D no, but I would expect that they would see people accessing the elevators and going down to the vault, and if one of the crew was workign the tables, I expect that iin the break room, someone would talk about it.
    – rosends
    Dec 9, 2020 at 21:42
  • They may have always intended to install the logo, so they could leave that part of the floor unfinished to make it a simple job.
    – magarnicle
    Dec 9, 2020 at 23:33
  • @magarnicle I have to go and find the movie to see how large the "Bellagio" on the floor is -- I just saw a scene in which Rusty and Danny are sitting in the vault (viewed from the elevator shaft) and there appears to be nothing on the floor.
    – rosends
    Dec 10, 2020 at 0:08
  • How sure are you he's talking about a new floor, rather than a new floor sign? That requires significantly less people or effort.
    – Flater
    Dec 11, 2020 at 16:15

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There is a lot of maintenance involved in running a casino, especially with an attached hotel. Workmen would be constantly doing jobs hotel-wide, and it would likely be impossible to monitor all that traffic.

The crew was focused primarily on the money, using a fake vault (based off blueprints they had received earlier) to trick Terry, who was watching the false feed, into thinking they were actively stealing from the vault.

Additionally, the line "it was installed on Tuesday" implies very recently i.e. within the past 7 days, meaning it would be fresh on the mind and easily missed in a high-stakes situation, where attention to detail was not the primary focus.

So if the crew was aware of the change in the vault, they would have to re-do the whole plan in order to accommodate for the change, meaning the plan would be delayed further, and allow for further chance of failure and discovery.

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