Ohio Prosecuting Its First Casino Cheating Cases

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A battery of over 1,000 surveillance cameras awaits anybody who tries to cheat at the new Ohio casinos. Seven suspected cheaters were recently arrested as they tried to defraud the gambling houses. These arrests are Ohio’s first criminal cases since the state legalized casino gambling.

Of the seven gamblers arrested, six pleaded not guilty and a seventh has yet to be arraigned. One of the suspects gave a fake name. Two of them argued with the state agents when they were confronted. One suspect was even allowed to continue playing blackjack for another hour. The agents permitted him to cash out his chips before he was apprehended. One cheater placed six roulette bets after the outcome was known. Another man added chips to his bet after the cards had been dealt for a Texas Hold-Em game. Most of the suspects have criminal records, including drugs, burglary, insurance fraud and theft. All seven are from Ohio.

Officials on the watch for casino cheaters

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said that a casino is probably not the best place to attempt to cheat. He claimed cheaters were absolutely going to get caught because the cameras, Ohio undercover agents and suspicious dealers cast a wide net for grifters.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason plans to show the surveillance tapes to the trial juries. He said that the jurors will quickly understand how the cheaters were manipulating their chips after the cards were played. He feels confident that his cases are watertight.

While seven arrests from the 500,000 gamblers who have been to the Horseshoe Casino in its first five weeks may not seem monumental, DeWine feels that career cheaters saw the extensive security and decided to try their luck elsewhere. He also said that Ohio’s casinos are going to be legitimate so that all honest gamblers have a fair shot at winning.

Published In: Criminal Law Updates

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