Dealer, Player Charged With Cheating at Mohegan Pennsylvania Casino

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Derek Blake
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  • Pennsylvania State Police charge Jason Richard Kutney, a table dealer, for rigging electronic craps game
  • Kutney accused of helping Louis Grasso to see winning dice numbers early before placing bet
  • Kutney remains in jail on $25,000 bail

Pennsylvania State Police arrested a customer and table dealer late last week after accusing the duo of cheating on an electronic craps game at the Mohegan Pennsylvania.

52 year-old Jason Richard Kutney of Bear Creek, an electronic craps dealer at the Mohegan is accused of pressing a button on the game early allowing casino player, Louis Attilo Grasso, 66, to see the final numbers on the dice before placing his final bet.

The scheme allowed Grasso to take home $17,521 on December 30th and then, on January 5th, the player won $4,125 with Kutney’s help.

Casino security took notice after Kutney’s table registered a “sudden large win rate,” according to the charging documents in the case.

Once security began to monitor Kutney through surveillance video, they discovered the dealer pressed the dice button early nine times. Bettors were provided up to 20 seconds to place their wager after seeing the winning numbers on the dice.

When questioned by authorities, Kutney admitted to pressing the button on the electronic machine early for Grasso to view the numbers on the dice.

Grasso exercised his right to remain silent and requested the assistance of an attorney when questioned by investigators.

Authorities Charge Accused Cheaters with Felony Crimes

Kutney and Grasso were arrested on January 6th, the day after casino officials discovered the scheme, and charged with multiple felonies, including criminal conspiracy, receiving stolen property, theft, and fraud.

After being arrested the two men were taken to nearby Luzerne County Correctional Facility on $25,000 bail.

Cheating at Pennsylvania casinos carry the possibility of serious jail time with sentences ranging from 1-6 years plus a $10,000 fine for each charge.

The PGCB has moved to crack down on illegal activity around casinos in recent months, including a public service campaign to stop adults from leaving children unattended in parking lots outside the state’s gaming establishments.

In December, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board banned four individuals from the state’s casinos for cheating. One of the four cases involved a dealer colluding with a player to provide an advantage at the Wind Creek Casino.

Derek Blake is a freelance writer that has covered the expansion of legal sports betting in America and the regional casino business for several well-known industry websites. During his writing career, he has written profiles on dozens of athletes and focused on the collision of sports and politics.