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Authorities Accuse Mississippi Casino Dealers of Aiding Cheaters

1 May 2001

BILOXI, Mississippi –– As reported by the Associated Press: "Craps dealers at two separate Biloxi casinos were arrested over the weekend in what Mississippi regulators say is a continuing investigation into cheating.

"State Gaming Commission agents arrested Lorie Lynn Anderson, 32, of Biloxi, at Palace Casino on Friday, and David Downing Wilson Jr., 31, of Ocean Springs, at Treasure Bay casino on Saturday.

"Agents believe the dealers conspired with Richard Taylor, 34, of Memphis, Tenn., who is suspected of accepting money on losing craps bets in exchange for giving dealers heavy tips from money he won illegally, said Gaming Commission spokeswoman Ashley Skellie.

"…Agents believe Treasure Bay lost about $80,000 in the scam, while Palace Casino lost up to $30,000, Skellie said.

"…Investigators said the scheme involved paying Taylor on losing craps bets. Taylor then paid the dealer a share of the money.

"The object of craps is to guess how a pair of dice will land and bet by placing chips on top of corresponding markings of a felt table. Collusion between dealers and gamblers to pay off on losing bets is one of the most common casino scams, according to gambling experts…"

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