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Arrests Made in French Card Marking Scandal

Three members of a card making team has been arrested for allegedly cheating in France by marking cards, with two casino employees also implicated in the cheating ring.

The three players (all Italians) won about $40,000 playing poker at Les Princes Casino in Cannes, France but were detained and arrested when it was discovered that they were using special cards that had been marked with infrared dye -- a cheating method used in the past in US casinos as well as others around the world.

The cheaters were special glasses or contact lenses that allow them to see the marked cards (which are typically prepared beforehand), giving them a huge edge in certain situations during the game.

A French dealer and another casino employee were arrested as well, allegedly in on the plot and working with the cheaters to introduce the marked cards into the game.

Rumors abound that link the Italian players that were caught cheating to organized crime, and raising the strong possibility that they carried out similar cheating at other casinos before their arrests.

This is the second cheating scandal in poker to hit Cannes in recent years, with poker pro Ali Tekintamgac disqualified from the Partouche Poker Tour final table last year for allegedly conspiring with a fake member of the media who was passing him information about his opponents' hole cards.


14-Oct-2011, 03:21

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