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Archie Karas Receives Probation for Cheating at Barona Casino in San Diego

Archie Karas

Last year, Anargyros Karabourniotis, better known as Archie Karas, was arrested on suspicion of cheating at blackjack after winning over $6,000 at Barona Casino in eastern San Diego. On Wednesday, Karas was found guilty and sentenced to three years of probation.

According to the L.A. Times, Karas, 63, plead guilty to a single count of burglary for entering the casino with the intent to mark cards. El Cajon Superior Court Judge Daniel Goldstein also ordered Karas to pay $6,800 in restitution.

According to San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, the incident occurred in July 2013 when Karas was caught by surveillance cameras operated by the Barona Gaming Commission. Karas had been arrested by the Nevada Gaming Control Board on four other occasions over the decade on suspicion, but never saw jail time prior to his latest arrest. Karas spent 73 days in jail before making bail.

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

Karas is a legend in the poker world for once turning $50 into $40 million over three years, only to turn right around and lose it all. His story has been well documented in PokerNews’ Sexton’s Corner series, which you can read by clicking here.

Karas has seven World Series of Poker cashes and nearly $205,000 in lifetime earnings. His largest score came when he took fifth in the 2009 WSOP $10,000 World Championship No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Draw for $53,783.

For more information visit You can also check out this past ESPN feature on Karas:

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