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Blackjack Player Caught Cheating At Sands Casino Resort

A Blackjack player from Allentown was recently caught red handed as he tried to add to his blackjack bets while playing at the blackjack tables at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem. The player, Jeremy Joseph Pahula, was found to be adding to his bet when he had a good hand and removing chips from his bet when he knew he was about to lose. In gambling terminology, this is called “capping” and “pinching.”

The 34 year old blackjack player had done this several times during game play and had spent around 4 hours at the casino. Pahula was caught on camera and the security video footage revealed him tricking the dealer with capping and pinching many times. Pahula was arrested and taken to court where a case was filed against him.

Pahula’s defense against his crimes is that he was ignorant or unaware that what he was doing was illegal. It was only after he was informed by the dealer that what he was doing was wrong that he stopped. The players also calmed that he had stopped as soon as he was informed that it was wrong and seems to feel that this should stand in his defense.

Considering Pahula’s case, perhaps it is necessary for casinos to have dealers run through the betting rules and basic blackjack etiquette before seating them at a table.

This blog entry was posted on Monday, October 8th, 2012 at 8:25 pm and is filed under Blackjack News.

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