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Poker players swindle casino out of €44,000 by swapping cards under the table

Published 13/01/2016 | 14:52

Three other co-defendants, Murat Kolcak, Ozgur Aytekin and Ali Kuyar, have already admitted the charge.
Three other co-defendants, Murat Kolcak, Ozgur Aytekin and Ali Kuyar, have already admitted the charge.

Poker players swindled a casino out of thousands of pounds by surreptitiously swapping cards under the table, a court heard.

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A gang raked in £33,600 (€44,663) playing three-card poker at the Grosvenor Victoria Casino, in Edgware Road, north London.

The scam worked with two players switching cards to make up a winning hand, as a third plotter distracted the dealer with talk and a fourth acted as a lookout.

Ergun Yasar and Tarik Nergiz, both 33, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to cheat between April 4 2014 and May 2 2014 on the first day of their Old Bailey trial.

Three other co-defendants, Murat Kolcak, Ozgur Aytekin and Ali Kuyar, have already admitted the charge.

Judge Charles Wide adjourned sentencing for all five men until February 9.

The judge warned the defendants that he was not ruling out a jail sentence, saying there should be "no promises, no expectation".

Yasar, of William Street, Tottenham, north London and Nergiz, of Osbaldston Road, Hackney, north London, remain on bail.

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