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Poker Dealer Charged With Stealing Chips from Pots

Dec 28, 2010
Author: Michael Mancini
Poker Dealer Charged With Stealing Chips from Pots

A poker dealer at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been accused of stealing over $500 from the poker games he dealt. The crime was brought to light last week when police charged Matthew Eisenberg with theft.

Eisenberg, 25, had been dealing poker at the Rivers Casino, but his pots had been coming up a little light in recent days. He allegedly moved $1 and $5 chips from the pot using his right hand, slipping them into the muck. According to the charges, after pushing the remaining pot to the winner at the end of the hand, he would collect the cards, subtly tapping the extra chip into his tip box while players were unlikely to be watching.

In total, Eisenberg is accused of making this move 108 times, taking in a total of $501 in chips.

According to reports, security at the casino did not initially take notice of Eisenberg’s theft, as he successfully hid his theft from players and other casino employees. However, when Eisenberg showed a marked increase in his daily tips – moving from under $200 one day to over $500 in the next – suspicion quickly turned on the dealer. Checking the tapes from tables that Eisenberg was dealing from allegedly confirmed that chips were being removed from the table.

The theft was the second in less than a month by a Pittsburgh area dealer. In early December, Sean Savinell was charged with theft after allegedly stealing a $500 chip from the Meadows Casino in North Strabane Township. A more dramatic theft took place in Las Vegas earlier in the month, when a man stole $1.5 million in chips from the Bellagio at gunpoint.

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