Remember three months ago when I brought you news of a Minnesota blackjack dealer who was charged in scamming $18,500 plus from the Mystic Lakes Casino? Actually it was three months ago to date. Anyway, the young man in question who was charged with gambling fraud and theft by swindle—two felonies in case you did not know—has finally been sentenced for being a cheating blackjack dealer.
Jacob Edwin Christensen was caught back on August 2nd for paying a player at his table $3,875 for hands he did not win. Security called the police and Christensen and the player were removed. The player, who turned out to be a friend of Christensen’s from high school, felt bad about cheating the casino, and paid back $1,825 in chips.
But Christensen has a much bigger debt to pay. His charge of theft by swindle has been dismissed as a part of a plea bargain. But he has been sentenced to three years of probation and eighty hours of community service. On top of that Christensen must pay Mystic Lake Casino $18,720—the total amount scammed: $3,875 wrongfully paid to his high school friend; more than $9,500 paid to his landlord’s daughter; and more than $5,075 also wrongly paid to a woman at his blackjack table that he simply thought was “good looking.”
Nothing more has hit the blackjack news reel about the other three accomplices. The most that has been said was that it was the friend from high school who told police that there were two other accomplices and who those accomplices were.
I doubt that Christensen will be dealing blackjack in any casino for a long time, if ever again. But it can be hoped that with his sentence he has learned that nothing comes for free and that casinos have security for a reason—it is not just for catching shady players, but for catching dishonest dealers. The blackjack world at large should be glad to have a disreputable dealer removed from the casino floor.