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Alleged cheating at craps has resulted in two Argentine tourists being sued for $700,000. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

Two accused cheaters are being sued by the Wynn Casino and Resort because of behavior during craps games. The casino is seeking $700,000 in damages from two Argentines who allegedly ran a small cheating ring during the summer.

Casino not putting up with their craps

The Wynn Las Vegas resort and casino, according to CBS, has filed a lawsuit against two suspected cheaters, according to CBS. The claim says two Argentine nationals engaged in a method of cheating at craps called “dice sliding,” where at least one die is held with a specific number facing up. The die is then thrown at an angle to get it to “slide” across the table instead of bouncing, so the desired number stays facing up.

Wynn’s suit says Veronica Dabul and Leonardo Fernandez slid dice on numerous occasions over a one-month time period, winning up to $145,000 on seven individual slides, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The two were¬†arrested by the Nevada Gaming Control Board on July 18. Fernandez was handed over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.

They are accused of involving other unidentified casino patrons in distracting dealers to accomplish the feat.

Brazen gambit

Dice-sliding is not often seen, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, for several reasons. It is difficult to pull off, because controlling the flight path and bounce of a die takes a lot of practice or extensive knowledge of physics. Furthermore, the throwing motions and flight path of sliding a die properly are obvious.

The goal among dice-sliders is usually to land a pair of sixes, according to CBS. Sixes, often referred to as “boxcars” or “midnight” in craps, pay 30 to one if a player rolls a pair. The idea is that if even one die is cast in such a manner to ensure at least one six is rolled, the odds of landing a second six even at random make the venture worth pursuing.

Cheating can lead to jail

Despite what films say, cheating in casinos is illegal. Counting cards is legal, but cheating isn’t, and people go to prison for it. Notorious slot machine cheat Tommy Glenn Carmichael, according to a 2003 USA Today article, was sentenced to five years in prison in 1985 for cheating. He was busted again in 2001 and put in the “Black Book” of banned gamblers in 2003.

According to the Washington Post, Phuong Quoc Truong, head of a gambling ring called the “Tran Organization,” pleaded guilty to federal racketeering charges, among others in various states. The card-cheating organization garnered $7 million from casinos nationwide. In 2010, he was sentenced to six years in prison and ordered to pay $8.5 million in fines and restitution.

A Chula Vista Police Officer was charged on June 3 with “capping,” or adding chips to a winning bet after the winning hand was played, according to SignOnSanDiego. He could face one year in prison.

Sources

CBS: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-20114983-504083.html

Las Vegas Review-Journal: http://www.lvrj.com/business/couple-accused-of-dice-sliding-at-wynn-las-vegas-130900938.html?ref=938

USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2003-08-11-slot-cheats_x.htm

Washington Post: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/crime-scene/around-the-nation/calif-man-who-led-casino-cheat.html

SignOnSanDiego: http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/jun/03/chula-vista-cop-arrested-suspected-of-gambling/

 

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