Archie Karas was arrested and accused of cheating. Known as the "world's greatest gambler," Karas' arrest came as a surprise to many. On Sept. 28, ABC News reported that the 62-year-old poker champ was taken into custody after he was seen "marking cards" at a blackjack table. He was charged with burglary, winning by fraudulent means, and cheating.
"Surveillance footage taken by Barona Casino in Lakeside, Calif., revealed Karas -- whose real name is Anargyros Karabourniotis -- put 'a subtle, but distinguishable mark on the back of playing cards' in July, cheating the casino of more than $8,000, the San Diego County District Attorney's Office said" (via ABC News).
Archie Karas was arrested at his home in Las Vegas last Tuesday. He is being held without bail at the Clark County Detention Center. Karas -- who's real name is Anargyros Karabourniotis -- might have a hard time getting away with his crimes, but even if he's convicted on all charges, the maximum sentence will have him serving 3 years in jail.
"He really had no regard for money whatsoever. He had no fear of having millions and losing it," said Poker Productions owner Mori Eskandani (via ABC News). Does this suggest that Karas has been gaming the system? Perhaps.
Archie Karas has been arrested four times in the past on similar suspicions... he has never been found guilty of cheating or any other charges, however. This time may not be any different.
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