In San Diego 35-year old Phat Ngoc Tran was found guilty for organizing the scheme to cheat 12 casinos in Canada and the US. The investigation revealed that the suspect and his team managed to collect up to $2.5 million by cheating at card games.
The casinos that Phat Ngoc Tran together with his co-conspirators was planning to cheat include at least 12, situated in the USA and Canada.
The cheaters used the so-called false shuffle technique to cheat at blackjack and mini-baccarat games. The dealers at all those casinos were bribed and thus the cheaters guaranteed them to deal the cards in the needed sequences. When the cheaters tracked the sequences they made big bets and won.
Now Phat Ngoc Tran faces 20 years sentence in the prison which has been scheduled for June 1st, 2009.
Tran's co-conspirators pleaded guilty for participating in the racketeering enterprise and admitted that their plan included over 12 casinos more.