A person has pleaded guilty of helping players cheat the casino out of just over $1 million on Tuesday. The man worked as a baccarat dealer at a Maryland casino agreed to aid the fraud in exchange for a share of the winnings.
Ming Zhang of Alexandria, Virginia now might face a maximum sentence of five years in prison after a federal court pleaded him guilty of the offence.
Zhang exposed part of a baccarat deck to a player who captured the unshuffled cards before that player and other people who were involved in the conspiracy placed large bets on hands a few days ago.
Assistant US Attorney Erin Pulice said, "The bettors can predict the outcome of baccarat hands with precision if they are aware of the cards in a deck."
Pulice said that it caused a loss of $1,046,560 to the casino which is not named in court papers. However, it was not identified by name during Tuesday's hearing.
"Ming Zang is not employed by MGM National Harbor. We have provided our cooperation throughout the investigation," said the spokesman of the casino, Malik Husser. US District Judge Paul Grimm will be giving the sentence to Zhang on Jan 31.
Maryland Lottery and Gaming Agency spokeswoman also revealed that they were planning to revoke his license.
The court filing also asserted that Zhang's cheating scheme also targeted another Maryland casino. Last year in 2017, Zhang was present when an alleged conspirator executed cheating at some other casino. Zhang took a payment of $1,000 after meeting with that person at a hotel near the other casino, the filing says.