A CASINO croupier is at the centre of a suspected card table sting involving thousands of pounds. Johnathan Cox was arrested for allegedly organising the scam at the Aspers Casino in The Gate in Newcastle.
Two other men, 31 and 33, both believed to be friends, were also arrested and quizzed on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud.
It is understood casino bosses became suspicious after large amounts of money were lost on tables when Cox was the dealer.
Aspers contacted the Gambling Commission after experts examined CCTV footage of Cox working on blackjack tables and punto banco tables – both card-based games.
It is believed the two customers had won £18,000 on one occasion, and £12,000 on another.
Cox, of Mount View, Swalwell, Gateshead, is said to have “arranged” the cards while using a card shuffling machine the casino uses called a Shuffle Star, to ensure customers had odds stacked in their favour.
The three have been bailed while detectives continue their investigation and Cox has been suspended. The Gambling Commission is believed to be investigating, but a spokesman said it does not comment on individual cases.
Cox previously worked at Newcastle’s Grosvenor Casino before moving to Aspers.
A police spokeswoman said: “Police have received a report of possible fraud at Aspers Casino in Newcastle.
“As a result of inquiries made, three men, aged 26, 31 and 33, have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud and have been bailed pending further inquiries.”
Richard Smith, casino general manager, said: “I can confirm there was an incident involving a member of staff, which has now been reported to police.
“We are co-operating fully with their ongoing investigation and, for this reason, I am unable to comment.”