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Archie Karas Arrested on Suspicion of Cheating at Barona Casino in San Diego

Archie Karas

On Friday, Reuters reported that Anargyros Karabourniotis, better known as Archie Karas was arrested on suspicion of winning over $8,000 cheating at blackjack.

Karas, 62, was arrested at his home in Las Vegas for allegedly cheating at the Barona Casino in eastern San Diego. According to San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, the incident occurred in July, where Karas was filmed by surveillance cameras operated by the Barona Gaming Commission. Karas was spotted by surveillance cameras marking cards.

"This defendant's luck ran out thanks to extraordinary cooperation between several different law enforcement agencies who worked together to investigate and prosecute this case," Dumanis said.

Karas, who is known for turning $50 into $40 million and then losing it all, is being held without bail in Las Vegas. An extradition hearing is set for Monday.

Karas has been arrested on four previous occasions by the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

"Karas has been a threat to the gaming industry in many jurisdictions," said NGCB enforcement chief Karl Bennison.

Karas has nearly $205,000 in lifetime tournament earnings and seven World Series of Poker cashes, including one from this past summer. The largest score of Karas' career came at the 2009 WSOP where he took fifth in the $10,000 World Championship No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Draw for $53,783.

Reuters has more.

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