The man many know as "Archie Karas," the gambler who turned $50 into $40 million back in Las Vegas back in the 90's is now banned from casinos in Nevada. As a result of an investigation by the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Gambling Control, on September 17, 2015, Karas was placed in Nevada's "Black Book" which makes it a crime for Karas to enter any casino in Nevada.
"The excellent relationship the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Gambling Control (BGC) shares with the Barona Tribal Casino, along with the tenacity of experienced and creative BGC special agents, coupled with the progressive San Diego District Attorney’s Office, all contributed to finally giving the Nevada Gaming Commission what it needed to place 'Archie Karas' in the 'infamous' Nevada 'Black Book,'" said California DOJ BGC Special Agent in Charge Tyler Burtis. "Congratulations to the Barona Gaming Commission, the San Diego Bureau of Gambling Control Office, and the District Attorney's office for a job well done!"
In the history of gambling in Nevada, Archie Karas, whose given name is Anargyros Karabourniotis, is only the 33rd person placed in Nevada's black book . Karas had already been arrested four times in Nevada for cheating, dating back to 1988, and was excluded from California casinos last year after a 2013 arrest involving cheating at the San Diego-Area Barona Casino.
At the request of the Barona Tribal Gaming Commission, DOJ BGC special agents began investigating a suspect marking cards at a blackjack table, cheating the casino out of more than $8,000. Through investigative means, special agents identified the suspect, which led to a search and arrest warrant. Karas later pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to three years' probation.
"Because of investigative work by DOJ Bureau of Gambling special agents, the Nevada Gaming Commission had what it needed to ban this long-time cheater from Nevada casinos for life," said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association President Alan Barcelona. "This was excellent work on behalf of the agents and all involved in the investigative and prosecution process. Well done."
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