Cheating in Blackjack
I’m sure any avid blackjack player has fantasized about adding chips to their wager when the cards fall in their favor, or even swiping a few chips from the table when they don’t. But we all know that cheating at blackjack is thoroughly against the rules, not to mention a crime. That didn’t seem to matter to one New York man who visited the Sands Bethlehem Casino in eastern Pennsylvania last month.
After the dealer took a moment to inform a floor manager of their suspicions, security at the casino was notified and a review of the surveillance video was conducted. Not only did casino officials discover that the dealer was right, and the player was in fact cheating at blackjack, police indicated that further review of the video revealed that he had done so a total of 47 times that day.
A press release issued by the local police department stated: “The accused was found to have added various chip denominations onto favorable hands, and found to have removed various chip denominations from unfavorable hands.”
Telvil Destin was taken into custody by authorities stationed at the PA casino and charged with two counts of criminal activity. The defendant will face District Judge Patricia Romig-Passaro on an as-yet undetermined date to offer his plea on charges of theft by deception and violating Pennsylvania state law that prohibits a player from knowingly employing any form of trickery or fraud to win or reduce a loss at an amusement game.
Both counts are considered misdemeanors in Pennsylvania. Authorities say they are seeking $745 in restitution for Mr. Destin’s alleged crimes.
We all know cheating at blackjack is illegal, and that casinos have some of the best trained staff and surveillance security systems in the world. So why do so many people try to get away with it? It could have a lot to do with the way blackjack cheaters are depicted in books, television and films, combined with a lack of understanding by the culprits.
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