Xu's lawyer told the judge that his client's crime was unsophisticated while Xu, in a letter to the judge, said he was under a lot of stress at the time because he had been the victim of a phone scam, been in a car accident and learned that his mother had cancer.
He added how humiliating it was to be taken out of his university class in handcuffs.
Apparently Judge Meg Shaw agreed, or at least felt sorry for the casino-cheating student. She ordered him to repay the casino the $1500 he cheated it out of and dismissed all other charges.
As for the cheating dealer involved with Xu, he lost his work card and still faces an additional cheating charge.
My take: Apparently the judge does not empathize as much with cheating dealers than cheating players with mitigating circumstances. As for what the dealer actually did besides look the other way, I have no information. In any case, I agree that the young student be given a break.