CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Kentucky man has been sentenced to probation and community service after being caught cheating at Mardi Gras Casino.
Robert Plante, 29, of Ashland, Ky., had been indicted on five counts of table game violation, a felony. He accepted an agreement with prosecutors and pleaded guilty Thursday in Kanawha Circuit Court to three counts of petit larceny.
He avoided a possible penalty on the table game violations of up to five years in prison for each count.
Circuit Judge Kaufman asked Plante to explain in detail how he cheated at the blackjack table May 29, 2012. Plante was caught on video surveillance moving chips back and forth when he shouldn't have.
"I placed chips on a second bet and matched the dealer without the dealer seeing me do that," Plante said. "After the cards are dealt, you are not supposed to put any bets up."
Plante also pulled some chips back into his hand after he was allowed to.
"So you were just trying to cut your losses?" the judge asked.
"Yes. It was cheating, sir," Plante told Kaufman.
"And why did you do it?" the judge asked.
"Greed," he replied.
About $25 to $75 was involved in each incidence of cheating, said Assistant Prosecutor Tera Salango. She said it was the first time she has prosecuted a case under the table games law.