Blackjack Casino Cheats Prosecuted in the USA 30.07.2012

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Two years ago the American state of Ohio legalized land-based casinos. It has only been in the past few months that the casinos have opened their doors but already the casinos are setting the tone that all gambling cheats will be prosecuted.

Armed with undercover agents, over 1000 surveillance cameras and alert and observant dealers, those who attempt to cheat at the casino have a lot to contend with. Seven casino players decided to take their chances against the security measures at Ohio’s Horseshoe Casino but prosecutors are sure that if they show a jury the videos of the suspects cheating, they will be convicted and sentenced. Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason said: “It’s not going to be difficult to figure out what they are doing.”

In order to cheat, the men used several different tactics but all of them were easily spotted. The casino caught one player adding bets to the roulette table after the winning number had been called and at least two of the suspects tried to distract a blackjack dealer and add chips to their bets at the blackjack and Texas Hold’em tables.

All seven of the men are from Ohio and have a variety of prior criminal convictions including drugs, fraud, theft and burglary. Six of them have pled not guilty and the seventh has yet to enter a plea. They are all out on bail now but will be back in court soon. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said: “People need to know that there are rules, the rules are going to be enforced”.

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