Nevada Gaming Control Board discloses investigation into cheating that netted $250,000

June 1, 2023 9:17 PM
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  • Buck Wargo, CDC Gaming Reports
June 1, 2023 9:17 PM

The Nevada Gaming Control Board confirmed Thursday it served arrest warrants alleging cheating at an electronic crap game on the Las Vegas Strip that netted a group about a quarter-million dollars.

The Board put out a press release indicating that in late 2021, its Enforcement Division responded to a complaint from The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas about a group involved “in several incidents of cheating at gaming.” The report suspected dice sliding on an electronic crap game resulting in a casino loss of $180,000.

“Based on video surveillance and slot tracking player accounts, Board agents identified four individuals who were suspected of cheating at craps. One subject in particular would place a wager, signal to the group, then illegally slide dice across the crap table to control the outcome of the game,” the release said.

Between November 23 and December 1, 2021, “the co-conspirators performed the activity numerous times, fraudulently obtaining a total of $226,948.”

Board agents served Antcharaporn Kamonlert, Hau Ngo, Max Rappoport, and Oscar Rodriguez with arrest warrants for cheating, unlawful acts regarding computers, and conspiracy.

A preliminary hearing was scheduled in Las Vegas Justice Court Thursday.

“The Board appreciates licensees reporting suspicious activities and potential gaming crimes,” said Kristi Torgerson, chief of the Board’s Enforcement Division. “The Enforcement Division will continue to be aggressive in its investigations and covert operations to ensure that the gaming industry is free from criminal elements in its unending effort to safeguard the integrity of regulated gaming in Nevada.”

“Anyone who cheats Nevada’s gaming industry cheats all of Nevada’s citizens,” added board Chairman Kirk Hendrick. “Consequently, all suspected cheating will be investigated and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”