Arrests made for conspiracy, theft in poker scam at Harvey Boomtown Casino

Arrests made for conspiracy, theft in poker scam at Harvey Boomtown Casino

February 12, 2018 10:04 AM
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In Louisiana, the State Police Bureau of Investigations Gaming Enforcement Division has made two arrests for conspiracy and theft in a poker scam at the Boomtown Casino in Harvey.

According to state troopers, one of the suspects was a player in a poker game and the other was the dealer and they allegedly conspired last month to take down a $166,471 “bad beat” jackpot.

The dealer in the game purportedly stacked the deck so his accomplice would receive a hand that would win the jackpot. Then the dealer conducted two false shuffles and dealt the cards. The false shuffles allowed the player to receive the jackpot winning hand, state police say.

The jackpot was never paid because of inconsistencies with the game that led casino workers to notify law enforcement.

A “bad beat” jackpot is offered by numerous poker rooms nationwide and is normally funded by a nominal rake taken from winning hands in the normal course of play. It’s usually paid out to players under various distribution structures when a very good hand, usually at least four-of-a-kind loses to an even better one such as higher four-of-a-kind or a straight flush.

Such jackpots can reach hundreds of thousands of dollars because of the rarity of such a “bad beat.”