Maryland’s MGM National Harbor Casino Dealer Charged in Cheating Plot

Written by:
Gilbert Horowitz
Published on:
Jun/09/2024

A former blackjack dealer at Maryland's MGM National Harbor casino has been charged after she allegedly took part in a $43,000 cheating plot.

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Jamie Smith, 31, was charged last week with theft, conspiracy to commit a theft, and embezzlement for the repeated scheme that occurred between October 2 and 8, 2023.

Smith is alleged to have permitted at least three players at the gaming table to get a peek at cards, according to Washington, DC TV station WTOP.  This enabled the players to change their bets.

The complaint further alleges that Smith failed to collect after players lost on bets.

Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy announced the charges on Thursday.

Braveboy said the prosecutor’s office takes the alleged crime seriously.

“Economic crimes are very, very damaging,” Braveboy said during a press conference. “They’re damaging to companies. They’re damaging to institutions and individuals.”

Part of the lost money was to be forwarded to the state’s Education Trust Fund.

A dealer at Ontario's Pickering Resort was charged last summer after law enforcement alleged the employee colluded with several gamblers to cheat the house.

More recently, in November, two baccarat dealers were accused of colluding with players at the Rampart Casino at the Resort at Summerlin.

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