Indiana poker dealer busted for cheating
The dealer was helping players take down the house
In gambling, they say the house always wins. This is true in a lot of games, but not always – sometimes the gambler gets lucky or shows a superior amount of skills. In some cases, though, having an inside man can certainly help. This was the case with a casino in Indiana, until the inside man got busted and the poker and blackjack players he assisted lost their edge.
Christopher Bayne had a good job, a job that would probably be appealing to a large number of individuals. He was dealing cards at the Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg, a riverboat casino in Lawrenceburg, IN. He had been there since 2006, meeting all types of people and certainly seeing all kinds of action. Being on the job for about 13 years would have left him with a long list of stories.
The 43-year-old, who is originally from Burlington, KY, saw everything come crashing down around him last month, though. Bayne was found to have been revealing his hands to players at tables he ran for three-card poker and blackjack. It isn’t clear how long he had been providing a little boost to gamblers, but the Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) swooped in and has arrested him on two counts of “Cheating at a Gambling Game.” That is a class 6 felony and, if convicted, Bayne will spend at least a couple of years behind bars.
Bayne was also, at times, using hand signals to help his group of followers gain an edge. He has denied any wrongdoing, saying he never colluded and was never paid for giving tips. However, the IGC is rarely wrong when it goes after a casino worker for cheating.