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13 Charged in Plot to Cheat at Casino

11 July 2000

ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY-- July 11, 2000 – As reported by Associated Press: "Thirteen people have been charged in a casino cheating scam that relied on the complicity of a dealer, authorities said Monday.

"State police found out about the cheating plan in advance and arrested all 13 on Thursday as they carried it out at the Claridge Casino Hotel, according to Katherine Lyons, a spokeswoman for the state Division of Gaming Enforcement.

"…The suspects, all but two of whom are Vietnamese, sent two "recorders" -- gamblers -- into a Mini-Baccarat pit to place small bets and keep track of the cards dealt, Lyons said.

"…But Ho allegedly faked shuffling, leaving the deck intact. Nine of his alleged co-conspirators then began playing, using their knowledge of the cards already dealt to figure out which ones were likely to be dealt next, Lyons said.

"Then they bet up to $3,000 per hand, winning more than $100,000, Lyons said.

"…All 13 were charged with theft by deception and conspiracy. Each crime carries penalties of up to 10 years in prison."

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