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Allegations of Cheating at Minnesota's Canterbury Card Room

21 September 2000

SHAKOPEE, MINNESOTA –Sept. 21, 2000 – As reported by The Associated Press: "State gambling investigators are reviewing possible collusion between a fired dealer and players at the Canterbury Park card room, the Minnesota Racing Commission said.

"The assertion is that the dealer was fired for not following procedures during a blackjack knock-off game called Minnesota 21. As in blackjack, when dealers in Minnesota 21 have an ace showing, they ask players if they'd like to buy `insurance' against the possibility that the dealer's facedown card is a 10 - equaling 21.

"A player who buys insurance can be protected against a loss should the dealer get a blackjack. The dealer then checks the face-down card.

"But the fired dealer appeared to be checking his face-down card first, then offering insurance to players, officials said.

"…After watching the routine for a while, Canterbury dismissed the dealer for not following proper game procedures.

"…Canterbury turned the matter over to the state gambling division for investigation. The dealer has not been arrested, and no charges have been filed.

"…The commission also heard from staff investigators about six players allegedly caught cheating at pai gow poker since the club opened in April. Three people have been charged with misdemeanors. The cases are not related to each other or to dealers, officials said…"

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