You know that old saying “crime doesn’t pay?” Well, sometimes it does. If it didn’t, then trust me, there would be a lot less crime. One of the deterrents for criminal activity, though, is that if you’re caught, you could be the one who pays. Such is the case now for a dirty blackjack dealer in Connecticut.
Jesus Rodriguez probably thought he had a pretty good deal. The Mohegan Sun dealer simply had to go about his day as normal, dealing cards for blackjack and baccarat, and whenever a certain criminal organization played at his table, he was to help them win. In exchange, he gets a cut. The problem is that the casino caught on.
Though I won’t go into detail about how the dealer cheated (I certainly don’t want to give anyone ideas), Rodriguez’s method involved what they call “false shuffles,” where the deck is played out normally and then the dealer shuffles in such a way that his co-conspirators can predict the order of the cards to be dealt.
Rodriguez pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy, where he allegedly helped the criminal organization bilk the casino out of more than $100,000. The former dealer faces up to five years in prison and a fun of up to $250,000. If you’re bad at math, let me point out that his fine is more than double what he allegedly stole. Therefore, even if he got to keep 100% of the stolen money (which he didn’t), it still would not have been worth the risk. I guess Rodriguez is not good at conducting a cost-benefit analysis.