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Blackjack Dealer Accused of Overpaying Player $78K

Tags: Blackjack, Connecticut, Mohegan Sun casino.
Posted on Wednesday, December 09, 2015 by "T".

A blackjack dealer named Roy Mariano, 52, who works for the Mohegan Sun casino in Connecticut ever since it opened in 1996, initially pleaded not guilty last week to cheating the casino he works for out of thousands of dollars. Mr. Mariano allegedly overpaid a player by $78,000 and faced charges on November 30, 2015 in the New London Superior Court.

Evidence produced by the Mohegan Sun's investigation allegedly reveals that Mr. Mariano had paid Marlene Rivera, age 36, an amount of $78,390. The female player also faces the same charges as Mr. Mariano. Charged with first-degree larceny, Mr. Mariano pled not guilty.

It was in September 1 that the Tribal Gaming Commissioner Robert Bjork asked the Mohegan Tribal Police to investigate the dealer. Officer Thomas Nickerson reviewed the surveillance footage of the casino and has discovered that Mr. Mariano was sneaking $100 chips (coloured black) into the $5 chip (coloured red) stacks every time Ms. Rivera won a hand. To overpay the player and avoid raising suspicion, a single chip was placed in the stack.

Bjork questioned Mr. Mariano and the blackjack dealer stated that he was short on cash ever since he was demoted in March from full-time to part-time work at the Mohegan Sun, and this upset him because he needs the money as he was handicapped. It was around May or June that Ms. Rivera approached him about the scam and urged him to cooperate. Mr. Mariano said he does not recall how much money she had given him.

On the other hand, Ms. Rivera states a different story, which the police finds deceptive. She says that Mr. Mariano was the mastermind of the scam and he was in cahoots with her boyfriend. Later she took her boyfriend's place, and they shared the money 50/50.
The surveillance footage shows Ms. Rivera and the dealer committing the scam 16 different times in the month of August.

Some of the surveillance videos also revealed that Mariano at times hid a $100 chip below a card used to cut the deck and then he slid it to Ms. Rivera.
Ms. Rivera claimed that Mariano would get his cut after his shift, as he was going towards the break room. However, surveillance cameras were unable to record any exchange of money, and the floor supervisors working at those times were not aware of the scam as they do not spot any suspicious behaviour.

source: mohegansun.com 


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9 comments for "Blackjack Dealer Accused of Overpaying Player $78K"

 pochui12/9/2015 12:41:02 PM GMT
hell there amigos... can someone with their brains still in their skulls can explain me how the hell did dealer manage to overpay that female player $78,390 by just sneaking $100 chip whenever she won a hand... that's just like only ~784 times when he sneaked a chip and no one from surveillance noticed that... and no pitboss has done the chip count and found that just a few $100 chips missing... just 780 chips or so...
 shokaku12/9/2015 1:02:29 PM GMT
Where is the problem? Less than 800 chips in 16 sessions, means an average of 50 chips every time they pulled the stunt. Doubtfull if this is noticed short term at a casino with a lot of players coming and going.
 bowie198412/10/2015 1:06:03 AM GMT
Posted by pochui:
that's just like only ~784 times when he sneaked a chip and no one from surveillance noticed that... and no pitboss has done the chip count and found that just a few $100 chips missing... just 780 chips or so...

This is an indian casino. Either they should smoke a peace pipe or just simply scalp him.
 TheMachineQC12/10/2015 3:53:17 AM GMT
I would love to get this dealer in my local casino Blink

I agree with shokaku though, I don't understand how they noticed such "small" losses over a pretty long period of time. But never underestimate the security of a casino, we have all seen movies where they bring you in a locked room in the back Big Smile

I like when its the casino getting cheated instead of the casino cheating the players! lol
 Skpmorita12/10/2015 12:01:51 PM GMT
"Some of the surveillance videos also revealed that Mariano at times hid a $100 chip below a card used to cut the deck and then he slid it to Ms. Rivera."

this is line in the article , give us all the information we need .. he is most definitely guilty , they work together and hoping to get some money
why in the world do they plead not guilty.. they gonna have to prepare to spend some years in prison
 klash2312/10/2015 1:31:52 PM GMT
I suppose when the knew that he had cheated once they will review as much CCTV as they had on the guy but it was pretty stupid as he should have known that cheating in Vegas is just not tolerated and I expect he will be going to prison for this.
 pochui12/10/2015 1:56:30 PM GMT
@shokaku- well from my own experience working in a casino i can tell you that paying even a single chip more to the customer, let alone of higher value (which are very meticulously counted by pitbosses) without attracting attention from surveillance staff is really hard and we are talking about 50 chips a session for 16 sessions?

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Posted by bowie1984:
This is an indian casino. Either they should smoke a peace pipe or just simply scalp him.

scalping is always the best option, you can always say sorry if you found out that you made a mistake ans scalped the wrong dude and move on...
 MarcWinz12/10/2015 6:26:26 PM GMT
Hehe ~ they want him to use my barber ~ he gets paid to scalp me every two months !! Big Smile Big Smile Big Smile
 bowie198412/11/2015 1:51:02 AM GMT
Posted by pochui:
Posted by bowie1984:
This is an indian casino. Either they should smoke a peace pipe or just simply scalp him.

scalping is always the best option, you can always say sorry if you found out that you made a mistake ans scalped the wrong dude and move on...

Only good scalping is when they scalping tickets...

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