Vegas gambler accused of cheating at Barona

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SAN DIEGO — A famous Las Vegas gambler has been arrested on suspicion of winning more than $8,000 from a San Diego area casino by cheating at blackjack.

Anargyros Karabourniotis, 62, known in gambling circles as Archie Karas, was arrested at his home in Las Vegas on suspicion of “card-marking” in a blackjack game at the Barona Casino in eastern San Diego County and winning more than $8,000.

The alleged incident occurred in July and was caught by the surveillance cameras operated by the Barona Gaming Commission, according to San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis.

“This defendant’s luck ran out,” Dumanis said in a news release.

Karabourniotis is being held without bail in Las Vegas. An extradition hearing is set for Monday. If convicted of all charges, he faces 3 years in prison, prosecutors said.

Karabourniotis is suspected of marking cards so that he could secretly identify the value of each card being dealt without anyone else at the table noticing.

Karabourniotis is a gambling legend known for a winning streak from 1992 to 1995 when he took a $50 stake and turned it into $40 million, according to prosecutors. He lost the entire fortune later that year. He claims to have gambles with more money than anyone in history.



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