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Former Bellagio Casino Dealer Sentenced To Prison In Cheating Scheme

State Of Nevada Sentences Last Defendant


The last defendant in a $1 million craps cheating scheme at Las Vegas’ Bellagio casino has been sentenced to prison.

According to a report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, former craps dealer James R. Cooper, who had pleaded guilty to one count of theft, on Thursday received 2-5 years in prison. His attorney had asked for probation.

Cooper was one of four men charged over the scheme involving phantom bets, which ran from 2012 to 2014. Cooper helped the state prosecute the other men.

Former dealer Mark Branco received 4-10 years, while two gamblers, Jeffrey Martin and Anthony Grantio, each received 3-8 years from the Silver State.

Martin played minor league baseball for the Kansas City Royals, Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds from 1995 to 2002.

The casino determined that the men defied odds of 452 billion-to-1. Granito and Martin won a hop bet, which pays about 15-1, 19 times in 230 rolls in a single session, according to the casino. During their winning streak, they would have been expected to lose $712,029, but they won a total of $1,086,400.

The scheme was discovered after another dealer alerted the casino about suspicious activity.

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