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Blackjack Pro Archie Karas Accused of Cheating

October 14th, 2013 by Site Admin

A Las Vegas court has announced that it will rule on Thursday whether a professional gambler should be sent back to San Diego, where he has been charged with cheating at the blackjack tables.

Anargyros Karabourniotis, a 62-year-old professional gambler who is widely acclaimed as Archie Karas, was arrested at his Las Vegas house and charged with cheating at the blackjack tables of Barona Casino, which is located in East San Diego. Allegedly, Karas has marked the cards, which helped him win over $8,000. Prosecutors of San Diego County have filed an extradition request on him.

Barona Casino’s surveillance video cameras allegedly caught Karas marking blackjack cards so that he could make out their value were being dealt.

Karas had once made $40 million playing pit, pool, and poker games over a period of three years, but lost it all by 1995. The Nevada Gaming Control Board arrested Karas four times between 1988 and 2007 for allegedly cheating at the blackjack tables of Nevada casinos.

According to Karl Bennison of the Nevada Gaming Control Board, Karas’s name could be included into the black book, which has a list of players banned from entering Nevada casinos, if he is found to be guilty in San Diego.


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