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Convicted slot cheat included in Black Book dies

22 April 2014

LAS VEGAS -- Convicted slot machine cheat Roderick Dee had just a five-month stay on Nevada’s Excluded Person List, commonly referred to as the Black Book.

Dee, who became the first new member of the list in almost four years when the Nevada State Gaming Commission made him the 34th entry last July, died in December.

Earlier this month, the commission granted the control board’s request to remove Dee from the list.

Death is the only way a person can be removed from the Black Book, which makes it a felony for that person to enter a Nevada casino.

Dee had at least four felony convictions for attempting to use different devices to rig jackpots or change payouts on a slot machine. Three of the convictions are in Las Vegas and one was from Kansas City, Mo.

According to his obituary from the Review-Journal, Dee died in hospice care on Dec. 30 at age 56 after a four-year bout with cancer. He dealt cards at the Dunes and Stardust and was also a competitive chess player and “an accomplished guitar and saxophone player.”