Earlier this February, the Nevada Gaming Board Commission regulators ruled in favor of one poker player who claimed his right to win the prize from a bad beat jackpot. Now, a second high-profile case involving a poker dealer has popped up and the Commission has reached a verdict.
A poker dealer in Las Vegas suspected of stealing at his previous workplace have pushed Nevada gaming regulators last Thursday to do something they haven't done in more than 10 years.
In early October of last year, a complaint was filed against ex-poker dealer in Bally's Las Vegas casino Jesus Saucedo. The casino allegedly found out that Saucedo had taken several $5 chips off the table during live games and he discreetly sneaked them into his toke box. Even if there were the suspicions and his departure from his job dealing poker at that specific casino, he continued dealing poker at the Bellagio casino which was nearby. Bellagio is owned by MGM, whereas Bally's is a Caesar's brand.
The Nevada Gaming Commission held an evidentiary hearing, a rare event, regarding his employee registration because he had continued working in Las Vegas for months right after the alleged theft at Bally's, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Regulators have not found any evidence about him stealing chips in Bellagio's poker room. At the end of the hearing, the four-member Gaming Commission agreed unanimously to revoke his registration. With this, the Bellagio then let him go that Thursday.
Saucedo was let go by Bally's after an incident in June in which security staff at the casino saw him taking a chip. Upon further review, it showed two other alleged incidents.
At the hearing Saucedo denied the allegations, saying that one of those times it was a mistake and that the other two never happened. He told the Commission, "It was not my intent to steal from my previous employer." Regulators did not believe his defense.
Commissioner John Moran Jr. said, "I think you cheated the game. I think you cheated your employer and, consequently, you cheated yourself because I think you're a very skilled and good employee except for the fact that you cheated...I don't think this was your first rodeo. I think you've been doing this a long time. I wish we had facts for that, but we don't, but I don't need anything else than your admission and what I saw on the affidavits. I'm going to believe what I saw."