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Sholem Weisner

A 26-year-old New York man found with about $55,000 in his Mohegan Sun hotel room was arrested Thursday after allegations he cheated while playing Texas Hold ‘Em poker at the casino, state police said.

Sholem J. Weisner of 227 Hewes St., Brooklyn, was arrested on felony charges of cheating and first-degree larceny as well as criminal trespass after investigators said Weisner marked certain cards to determine their location during the game.

“He obviously was defacing the card in a way that obviously would not be detected,” Police Sgt. William Griffin said. “He was good at it.”

Weisner was not available Thursday night for comment.

Cathy Soper, a spokesman for Mohegan Sun, said the casino does not comment on incidents still under investigation.

Players mark cards in various ways, Griffin said, including bending, gently creasing or even dabbing Vaseline on high cards to track them through the game.

According to police, Weisner had played the last several days at Mohegan Sun and the altered cards were detected by casino staff. Griffin said investigators reviewed surveillance footage of Weisner playing at a table in the Casino of the Sky.

After arresting the man, police determined he had been ejected from the casino in September 2006 for allegedly cheating, Griffin said. To avoid detection on this trip, police said Weisner brought along player reward and Social Security cards belonging to a friend. Weisner was released on $5,000 cash bond, Griffin said, and investigators have notified Foxwoods Resort Casino and casinos in New Jersey of the arrest.

“He came here to get some money from the casino,” Griffin said. “He came here specifically to make some money and got caught.”

Sholem J. Weisner is scheduled to appear Dec. 6 in Norwich Superior Court to answer charges of felony cheating and first-degree larceny as well as misdemeanor criminal trespass.

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January 7, 2008 Posted by | Sholem Weisner | Leave a comment