|Leading the State Criminalizing Cheating Push|
Did you read what I just wrote..."CHEATING ON GAMING TABLES IN ALL CASINOS IN MARYLAND IS NOT CONSIDERED ILLEGAL, REGARDLESS OF THE AMOUNT!
The article I am referring to, released Wednesday, speaks of Maryland's casinos' efforts, especially by the state's biggest casino MGM National Harbor, to get cheating casino table games criminalized. It goes into detail of what should constitute table-games cheating, and the new Maryland House Bill 1036 suggests the following penalties for casino cheating on table games:
1) Cheating for an aggregate amount of less than $100...up to 3 months in jail and pay a small fine.
2) Cheating for more than $1,500 but less than $25,000...a felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.
So what is the short-term effect of this before, and if, this legislation is signed into law?
Well, probably that there is going to be a full-scale invasion of Maryland's casinos by casino cheats, amateurs and professionals alike, the professionals from all over the world.
After all, if I am reading this right, cheats can just take their shots and the only risks facing them are being banned from casinos and threatened with the trespassing act if they are caught returning to them after being banned.
So I sure hope for the sake of Maryland's casinos that this bill is passed soon...and that the MGM National Harbor's and all Maryland's casinos' table-games departments and surveillance staffs be EXTREMELY vigilant to cheating.
And one more thing, did you notice the second proposed punishment, the felony one? It states "Cheating for more than $1,500 but less than $25,000...a felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine."
What does this mean? That cheating for more than $25,000 is not a felony and maybe not even illegal?? LOL
I sure hope either I am misunderstanding this or there is a mistake in the writing of it!