Ming Zhang from Alexandria in Virginia, USA, is facing a possible five years in jail after pleading guilty to helping players cheat a casino out of over $1m.
Zhang used to work as a baccarat dealer and pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiring to transport stolen funds. The court in Greenbelt heard on Tuesday, September 11, that he exposed part of a baccarat deck to a player who then proceeded to photograph the unshuffled cards. The player and other “conspirators’ then placed large bets on hands.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Erin Pulice told the court that bettors can predict the result of a baccarat hand “with near-perfect accuracy” if they happen to know just what the order of the cards are in a deck. It all sounds like something out of the James Bond novel ‘Casino Royale’ which famously was centred around a game of baccarat.
MGM National Harbor Casino Confirms Zhang is Former Employee
The illegal actions resulted in the casino, which hasn’t been identified, losing $1,046,560. However, a spokesman for the MGM National Harbor near Washington, D.C. which opened on the banks of the Potomac River in December 2016, has confirmed that Zhang is one of their former employees. Malik Husser commented: “Ming Zhang is no longer employed by MGM National Harbor. We have provided our full cooperation with authorities throughout this investigation.”
U.S. District Judge Paul Grimm is scheduled to sentence Zhang on Jan. 31, 2019. The maximum jail sentence for the offence of conspiring to transport stolen funds is five years. It has already been announced that the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency are in the process of taking action against the former casino employee and confirmed they will be revoking Zhang’s license.
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