Dice Sliders Ordered to Return $40k to Cleveland Casino

A judge has ordered that two men return almost $40,000 in craps winnings to a Cleveland casino after they were found to be dice sliding. Kenneth Young, Lonnie Bridges, and an unnamed third man used a cheating method known as dice sliding at Cleveland’s JACK Casino to rack up $39,200 in winnings. The men were […]

dice-sliding-crapsA judge has ordered that two men return almost $40,000 in craps winnings to a Cleveland casino after they were found to be dice sliding.

Kenneth Young, Lonnie Bridges, and an unnamed third man used a cheating method known as dice sliding at Cleveland’s JACK Casino to rack up $39,200 in winnings.

The men were facing jail time after being convicted of felony gambling chargers in December. But Judge Kelly Gallagher instead ordered them to return the profits and serve five years of probation.

According to Cleveland.com, prosecutors detailed the dice-sliding scam as follows:

The men took turns as the shooter. As one prepared to throw the dice, the other two would throw down last-minute, complex bets on a specific number that distracted the dealer.

As the dealers focused on the bets, the thrower, who had positioned the dice in his hand with specific numbers facing upward, would slid the dice across the table, instead of rolling them.

The dice would come to a rest with the predetermined numbers still facing upward, and the throwers collected the winnings.

Using this technique, Bridges and Young tossed the dice 22 times over several hours, winning $18,000 on the last throw. A casino worker felt that something was suspicious and alerted casino security to the matter. Young, Bridges, and the third man collected their winnings and left JACK Casino, but were identified later.

“By sliding the dice and fixing the outcome, Lonnie Bridges and Kenneth Young took the fair and honest gameplay from everyone at the craps table that night,” wrote assistant Cuyahoga County prosecutor Jonathan J. Block.

The men executed their plan in July 2015, when they made off with almost $40k. Bridges and Young aren’t the first people to be caught up in a high-profile dice-sliding scandal.

Professional poker players Veronica Dabul and Leonardo Fernandez – both from Argentina – were caught dice sliding after making $700,000 in profits. One difference in their case is that they didn’t place complicated side bets like Young and Bridges. Instead, they relied on simpler methods to distract the dealer while one player slid the dice.

 

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