A former dealer at East Chicago's Ameristar Casino has been accused of cheating the casino out of an approximate $26,000. Li Rong Gao, age 45, was charged on Friday with cheating, gambling and felony theft.
According to Lake County court records, in November last year, the Indiana Gaming Commission was alerted by an Ameristar surveillance manager about a possible cheating scheme, which involved Pai Gow Tiles, a dominoes betting game. The said game was making low money.
The video surveillance presented as evidence showed Gao purportedly dealing herself low hands many times last autumn while playing the game with three gamblers she actually knew. Through the surveillance footage, Gao's self-dealing of low hands resulted to those players winning, which cost the casino a substantial amount of money.
Gao was fired afterwards.
Court records say Gao had denied cheating and told the police that she was ‘just making a lot of mistakes'.
Oddly, court records show that she also told police that she had been dealing and playing the game since she was a little girl and stated she was an expert.
The exact amount of the casino's loss from the scheme was $26,300.75.
Ameristar casino dealer charged with cheating, theft