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Thursday, May 24, 2007

The House Always Wins

posted by on May 24 at 12:59 PM

Gamblers arrested for attempting to do unto casinos as casinos do unto gamblers.

Dozens accused in scheme to cheat casinos

Two dozen people from Washington, California and Canada were indicted today on allegations of racketeering and scheming to cheat casinos out of millions of dollars.

The defendants are alleged to have taken millions since 2002 by bribing dealers at the Emerald Queen Casino near Fife and other casinos across the country to do what are known as “false shuffles” during mini-baccarat games.

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Last updated May 24, 2007 1:54 p.m. PT

Seattle mayor's son indicted in alleged casino-cheating ring

SEATTLE -- Jacob Dyson Nickels, the son of Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, has been indicted as part of an investigation into a multistate casino-cheating ring that allegedly stole millions of dollars by bribing casino employees to falsely shuffle decks.

Nickels was a pit boss at the Nooksack Indian Tribe's Nooksack River Casino in Whatcom County in the summer of 2005 when he accepted $5,000 to introduce one of the ring's alleged conspirators to crooked dealers, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday at U.S. District Court in Seattle.

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