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State investigating cheating at Ohio casinos

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Ohio Casino Commission officials say cheaters often attempt to alter their bets after winning or losing to steal from the Casino. Ohio Casino Commission officials say cheaters often attempt to alter their bets after winning or losing to steal from the Casino.

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) – The Ohio Casino Commission says investigations are underway into 25 cases of cheating at Ohio casinos, which opened just last month.

The cases are split between the Cleveland Horseshoe Casino and Hollywood Casino Toledo, the two of four planned casinos now operating in the state.  Casinos are currently under construction in Cincinnati and Columbus.

Pete Silverman with the Ohio Casino Control Commission says the state anticipated some attempts at cheating.

"Where there's millions of dollars and millions of dollars in chips, you're going to have problems," said Silverman.

The commission did not release what types of cheating they are looking into, but Silverman says most are not sophisticated schemes or dramatic heists. 

"If you lose a bet you try and grab the chips back or pretend you had fewer chips on," said Silverman of a typical casino cheater.  "If you win a bet you'll try and say you had more chips."

Like casino security, gamblers say they do not want cheaters in the casino.

"You come here for a sport and you wanna try and win something but if you've got all these cheaters you can't win nothing," said Ray Gudenow, who was playing at Hollywood Casino Toledo Friday.

If found guilty of cheating in an Ohio casino, first-time offenders could face up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $2,500.

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